I am continuing my weekly look at weeds/ wild flowers with a very familiar plant to most of you…
So, when you see this photo, what is your first thought?
- Oh no, so many dandelions! OR
- Oh, how lovely!
So do you consider them as weeds or wild flowers? 😃
In any case, this is a wonderful sight in spring. The bees are enjoying them, and Anouk looks like she approves of them as well. 😉
Yes, this week’s wild flower is the Dandelion, or Taraxacum officinale.
It may in fact be the most common weed, growing in lawns, nooks and crannies, fields and cracks in city paving They are masters at spreading and invading tiny spaces.
I assume these grow more or less all over the world, but do let me know if they don’t grow where you live. There are hundreds of different species of them. And, like the plant I featured last week (Wild Erodium), these are also edible. A few leaves added to a salad will aid digestion due to the bitter substances they contain, and will boost your vitamin and minerals intake. (Take a look here at Cindy’s delicious salad and her wonderful bouquet!) Or add a few leaves to soup or sauces and sprinkle some flowers on top for decoration. 😃
The colour alone makes me smile…
Why not join me each Wednesday with a post about a weed or wild flower in your garden. And leave a link in the comments below.🌱
Thanks for reading