Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dandelions: Wonderful Weeds

Can you remember back to a time early in your life when you would look at a scene similar to the one above and see the beautiful dandelions? 
You and your friends might rub the blossoms on one another's chin and say, "Your chin is yellow. You love butter!"
 Of course, we all loved butter and dandelions. Sometimes we would weave them into decorations, quickly, of course. Their sticky milk would cover our hands, but we didn't mind.
We loved to pick them and put them in a glass of water, only to watch them close up. Sometimes they wilted before we could use them as a centerpiece for the next meal. 
 No worries, there were always more beautiful dandelions, waiting to be picked. No one ever told us not to touch them.
 If dandelions were difficult, with strict growing requirements of soil types and care, everyone would love them, I believe. Gardeners would prize them and fuss with them. Dandelions would be a Spring treasure that people would drive around to see. 
We would devise mesh bags to capture seeds from the most beautiful plants. 
They would be sunshine spreading Springtime on the land. 
Looks are deceiving. 
They are actually noxious weeds with a deep tap root that is invading grasslands.
Dandelions rob moisture and nutrients from farmland and are difficult to control.
Fewer dandelions would be just dandy in GriggsDakota.

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