In a Vase on Monday: The Dauntless Dandelion

After some showers over the last day or two my garden is suddenly green. And yellow!

The fields around us are planted with oilseed rape this year, and the first flowers are opening there too, so soon we will be enveloped in sunny yellow… unfortunately the windowsills and any other surface outside will also be coated in yellow, but never mind!

I was walking around the garden with Anouk this grey and chilly afternoon, wondering what to pick for a vase so I can contribute to this Monday meme. Why not bring all this bright yellow indoors? πŸ’•

So that is what I have done.

I paused on the doorstep as I came in, picking a red Bellis flower from a little pot outside. And the feathery fennel foliage from last week’s vase is being recycled.

The song of the Dandelion Fairy in Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies book calls them ‘dauntless’ flowers. They certainly are. But terribly cheerful, don’t you think? Give them their botanical name and you could kid yourself they are wild flowers, and not weeds. πŸ˜‰πŸ€ͺ

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And even robbed of their colour they are quite exquisite flowers…

Thanks go to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme. Do visit her to see what she is sharing today. And have a great week!



38 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: The Dauntless Dandelion

    • They are busy already. The farmer has had bee hives put up for pollination of the oilseed rape so there are going to be more here too I hope. πŸ˜ƒπŸ

  1. That is a sea of dandelions Cathy and I thought that I had quite a collection on the lawn πŸ˜‚ You have to admire their sheer tenacity and that of daisies their inevitable bedfellows. I don’t envy you the proximity of oil seed rape which does nothing for my hay fever !

    • I think I react to the hazel more than any later pollen… I’d love to bring catkins into the house more often but they irritate us both too much. Thankfully the rape just makes me sneeze a bit. 😜

  2. Many of the plants we have in our gardens are wild flowers elsewhere. I agree the Dandelion is having a very good year, and such a pretty colour too. Well worth celebrating.

  3. In general I think the dandelion’s negative reputation is undeserved. Last fall, a friend gave me a seedling of Sonchus palmensis, a relative of the dandelion that can get 6-8 feet tall. It’s slowly gaining size. I saw a mature plant a nearby botanic garden recently and I’m now just a little afraid of what’s to come…

    • Ooh, sounds scary. Don’t let it go to seed! 😜 We have had some very tall thistles grow in our garden, but I chop the seedheads off if I can!

  4. It is so ingrained in us that dandelions are ‘weeds’, but looking at a little vase of them we could be forgiven for thinking they were a cultivated plant, let alone a wild flower. They could so easily be one of those hardy border chrysanthemums. Currently I am pulling the heads off mine so they don’t spread, for which I should apologise to the bees…πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your vase, and I like the inclusion of the little daisy. I am pleased to see that one of the fields on my regular walking route has barley in it this year rather than rape, which I struggled to walk through last year when it had reached its full height – and then it scratched my arms to bits once the seed pods had dried… πŸ™„

    • Ouch, I can imagine it is unpleasant walking through an oilseed rape field. But in spring it is lovely to see and hear all the pollinators at work in them. 🐝 You are right, the dandelions do look like chrysanthemums!

  5. How clever you are, Cathy! You captured the beauty in the Dandelions, and I am delighted. Remember how as children we picked them and thought of them as beautiful flowers, certainly not weeds. You’ve brought that delight back to my recall. Your sweet bouquet is simple and very pretty!😊

    • I have memories of picking buttercups. πŸ˜ƒ But that was before I had my own garden and learned that they spread via creeping roots which are so hard to remove! Maybe dandelions aren’t such bad weeds in comparison. πŸ˜‰

  6. Your dandelions are lovely in the field and collected up in your vase. We have quite a few in our lawn but I am trying to label them as wild flowers and forget some call them weeds. The oilseed rape field is going to be lovely, hadn’t thought of the downside of pollen. Have a great week Cathy.

    • Thanks Susie. Actually I am looking forward to the splash of colour from the oilseed rape as it is open a little bit more today and looks so pretty, especially when the sun shines on it. I will have to take some photos of it. πŸ˜ƒ

  7. Most people consider dandelions a pesky weed, but ever since I was a beekeeper, I learned how much they rely on them for the first honey flow. Now I consider them a delight for the bees and my own eyes, so desperately in need of color in this early part of the season. They make a delightfully happy bouquet.

    • That is exactly how I feel… the cheerful colour is so welcome in spring and anything that feeds the wildlife is fine by me. The local farmer has had bee hives put up in the field the other side of this oilseed rape field to help with pollination, so it will be buzzing around here soon! Do you still keep bees Cindy?

    • I have tried the leaves, but find them a bit bland. I have also made dandelion bread but that also had little flavour. Maybe I need to train my tastebuds! πŸ˜‰

  8. Dear Cathy,
    we tried both as well, young dandelion leaves in a salad and we tried them in bead as well. But, as you say, we didn’t taste anything special.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Hello Fab Four! Yes, I was a little disappointed with the bread, but at least it was healthy. πŸ˜‰ Wishing you a wonderful weekend too. πŸ˜ƒ

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