Dandy

It’s a dandy day when one is privileged to observe an eager pollinator on an early spring flower. On a warm February day in bright sunshine, this Green Sweat Bee (Halictidae) visited a non-native Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, situated along a pathway in my front garden. It’s not an official flower in my garden, but I welcome it just the same.

I’m a big fan of native plants and avoid using invasive plants in my garden, but I admit to a soft-spot for this weedy thing that so many love to hate. I’m tolerant of dandelions because they offer themselves to pollinators in times when others are not prepared to provide. The common dandelion endures curses, noxious sprays, and physical destruction–but not in my garden. Once the cheery yellow is done, I’ll maybe snip off the seed head–if I notice it. But destroy a flower that’s available to feed a bee or moth or butterfly? That’s a un-dandy thing to do!

18 thoughts on “Dandy

  1. To be honest, I think these dandelions’ reputation has suffered more because of a human preference for ‘tidy’ lawns than for their invasive nature. They certainly do host a good number of insects, and this time of year, they’re that ‘any port in a storm’ that a lot of pollinators appreciate.

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    • That’s absolutely the case. The love of lawn at the expense of every other living thing is something I just don’t get. I’ve never found the non-native dandelions all that invasive. I usually have between 3 and 5 clumps/year. I don’t consider that a problem at all.

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  2. I always liked dandelions as a child, my Dad didn’t like them. Maybe we should go back to eating them and making dandelion wine to make people like them more. I noticed some dandelions in Texas look different and don’t know if they are eatable.

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    • I’m not sure about their being edible, though I know some are. I belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and get local produce (and the best milk I’ve ever tasted!) through them. One of the greens offered right now are dandelion greens!

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  3. I’m like you, Tina – I love the cheery, yellow flowers. I usually let them stay. To be honest, I love the seed heads too, but I try to snip them off before all the seeds disperse. I’m aware it’s a good food plant, so if it can grow in my shade – all power to it. It’s battling adversity without me yanking it out – LOL!

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    • I agree with you about the seed heads, they’re just beautiful! I also try, and usually fail, to gather them up before the wind has its way with them. Alas, more dandies for the next year!

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