Dandelion: Friend or Foe?

Dandelions. It depends if you’re a bee of other pollinator I guess. Some people eat and drink them. They’re nutritious and have been used in many cultures as medicine for healing. Lots of homeowners can’t stand the sight of a dandelion in their yard. They spray weed killer and try to eliminate them from their lawn. Others dig them out. But Dandelion roots “produce a strong taproot that is capable of penetrating the soil to a depth of 10 to 15 feet, but it is most commonly 6 to 18 inches deep” That’s deep.

Here’s an article with seven reason to not kill dandelions.

And another article with ten things you didn’t know about dandelions

A Dandelion in my front yard

From Dandelion Salad, cookies, syrup, wine to Fried Dandelion Roots, Dandelion Vinegar, there are plenty of recipes out there including Dandelion Jelly. I’ve seen a Dandelion Sausage for sale. You can purchase A box of Dandelion leaf and root tea if you don’t want to harvest dandelions yourself.

So whether or not you want to taste them, how do you feel about dandelions?

The Rose of Sharon is Now Unfurled *

Rose of Sharon is NOW unfurled* see below

Thanks to a comment by Yvette of Priorhouse blog I looked up Rose of Sharon in Grapes of Wrath click to read of the symbolism of her name and character. It’s been a long time since I read it.

I’d mentioned the Bible reference before from the Song of Solomon

*I’d posted a Rose of Sharon blossom recently and declared it unfurled but it was truly furled and had only become unfurled now . “transitive verb. : to release from a furled state. intransitive verb. : to open out from or as if from a furled state : unfold.”

I was incorrect although I haven’t edited the post. Yet.

One Hardy Hibiscus

There’s a new plant, a Hardy Hibiscus, in my front garden and it blossomed. A single bloom. Very exciting to see the vibrant pink unfold.

Then I walked up to the park and saw what’s in the second photo!

Maybe next year.

A single blossom on my new Hardy Hibiscus plant
Too many Hardy Hibiscus blossoms to count