Sunday, March 21, 2010

Beautiful mob scene

For the first day of spring, our most widespread spring flower:


And arguably, one of the prettiest.

Or many, if you're a literalist. Each one (of many millions) is a stem bearing thousands of flowers. Ray flowers are the "petals" on the outside; the tubular stems in the centre are disk flowers. (Which seems a misnomer; since when are tubes disks?)

Just dandy; how many million dandelion flowers are there in your lawn today?

7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! No dandelions in this lawn, but I had plenty when I lived down south. The tiny iridescent native bees loved them and would crawl between the petals to pick up pollen.

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  2. Adding to the brilliance of the flowers!

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  3. None yet, but only because it's not yet warm enough here. Rabbits and groundhogs love them.

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  4. How many dandelions! Not enough, because our tortoise loves em so they get picked and eaten pretty quickly!

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  5. We have a few - they are starting to pop up everywhere. My chickens love them so I pick them after a day or two and throw them into the chicken pen. Dandelions are some of the most beautiful, least understood plants around.

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  6. None yet! But I'm anxiously waiting! Dandelions are amazing. They have a lot of medicinal purposes and are used in many culinary dishes. ~ks

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  7. Or along the roadsides, trails and paths. They cling to almost anywhere. I do love the flowers, but then I don't have a lawn to worry about. - Margy

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