The Iris are blooming again. For the third time in just a few months .
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
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?
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.
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.
Lenten Rose (hellebore) in my backyard garden.
The bees are sluggish as the seasons change.
Easier to capture a photograph as they’re not flitting from flower to flower.
Zinnias are supposed to be easy to grow. I saw these in Columbus Ohio last weekend but maybe next summer I’ll try. They were so vibrant.