“I don’t care what anyone says,” I remarked to Jim this weekend, “I love dandelions!”
“That sounds like a book title or perhaps a good name for your memoirs. Of course you love them,” he grinned.
“I’m going to write a blog about dandelions!” I declared.
And that was the genesis of this blog post and the associated photos. It’s amazing where the “seeds” come from, isn’t it?
I must admit I’ve never understood the hatred of dandelions. After all, the name is comprised of both the words “dandy” and “lion” which seems pretty spectacular to me. They are fluffy and yellow and cheerful, a sure sign of spring and amongst the first flowers to feed the bumblebees who are hungry to start their season of pollination and honey-making. After they flower, they turn into these ethereal poofs of seeds with which I learned to make wishes when I was very young. Much to the chagrin of the lawn-maintaining homeowners in my area, I’m sure, but that never stops me. Apart from their visual charm and use in the animal kingdom, dandelions are one of the oldest herbs that humans have cultivated and eaten for both nutritional and medicinal value.
I remain determined to enjoy them, even as a responsible adult. I don’t suppose I would let them take over my front yard, but I think it unnecessary to exterminate dandelions in the open grass in the park. I learned to braid crowns of flowers when I was small, thanks to my crafty momma. We often picked the clover in our yard and braided it just before my dad mowed the lawn and destroyed the few blossoms we left. I’ve since learned that just about any long-stemmed flower with a sturdy constitution will work for instant hippie magic. Dandelions work well and make for a very happy crown!
If you can braid, you can braid a crown of flowers.
- Start with an ample fistful of blossoms with long stems. Pick three and braid tightly at first.
- Feed in new blossoms every so often, either to keep the length going or sooner as I did to make for a more blossom-heavy crown.
- Once you have reached the end, braid as long as you can until you have several inches of braided stems. Make a loop and tuck the ends back through a part in the braid to secure.
- You can then stick the loop over the three blossoms you began with to finish your crown. Alternately, you can simply pin the crown with bobby pins and keep things super secure.
- Wear your crown with the goofy sense of joy that I am so fond of. Frolic. Repeat.
- AND, if you should happen to take photos of your crowns, please share here or on social media! I’d love to see it.
What’s the verdict on dandelions? Lovely flowers… or nasty weeds? :)