Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dandelions are my delight!

 Happy weekend, everyone!

Yes - you were wondering where last week's post was. Recuperating from a dental procedure, I was, and extra choir rehearsals prevented me from publishing a post. The Charlottetown Legion Choir (of which I am pianist) is having two spring concerts this weekend - Sunday evening, the 28th, and Tuesday evening, the 30th! Then we'll be done for the year until September rolls around.

I spent this past week gathering lovely photos for you to feast your eyes on!
Which means that today we'll be having a picturesque post! All about dandelions! YES! But first, a little review before the the rest of the photos are revealed.

I absolutely LOVE dandelions! I know you're saying - ugh! they are just yellow weeds! Actually....they are not! Did you know they are flowers? I did a little research just for this post. They belong to the large genus Taraxacum and are native to Europe and North America. The French translation means "lion's tooth." But, you say, I can't stand them in my yard!! But, why, I ask? Don't you think they are beautiful? They are such a brilliant yellow and spread and spread and spread all over your beautiful green yard! Yes, they spread, you say. That's why you revile them. But your yard has suddenly turned into a garden. Isn't that great?  Hmmm.....I guess it's not great for many people. That's really too bad. I think it's time that people enjoy them and incorporate their goodness into their everyday lives. Yes?

I do not understand the pain that people have when dandelions take up residence in their yard of perfectly manicured slivers of green vegetation. Maybe those who despise these delightful little dainties will have second thoughts about this flower when you view the following photos. 

Oh, my lovelies, you need to visit Prince Edward Island in May, or if you are in the rural countryside in your neck of the woods where there are fields and fields, the sight of yellow against green is just mesmerizing! Don't you think?

Did you know that all parts of the dandelion can be eaten? And that they are very nutritious? And that they help a body in all sorts of ways to combat disease and illness? They detoxify the body, help in urination, keep the liver working correctly, promote weight loss and stimulate the immune system, to name a few! They contain a pile of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Amazing, isn't it?  A box of dandelion tea is sitting in my cupboard waiting for yours truly to boil some water, let it steep, and sip its deliciousness for benefits beyond belief. Actually, I haven't done that in a long time. I really should etch that memo reminder into my brain and drink a cuppa once a day or at least several times a week.

Blood pressure, anemia, acne, constipation, diabetes, jaundice, cancer, bone strengthening, digestion, etc. etc. and the list goes on. And here I have fields screaming with yellowness all over the place! I could make salads galore - YET - I DO NOT! Not because I don't want to. This brain of mine lacks in this regard.  I only admire the beauty. I could fry up yellow flower fritters in my frying pan. What am I waiting for??? A bounty of beautiful flowering buds and all I do is admire from afar - or at least close up in my own backyard! Hmmm......and I wasted money on yet another container of leafy greens from the grocery store today.

Enjoy the photos!

Our backyard before it was mowed last week.

And a few days later, those dandelions came back to life.
That little clump of yellow towards the back is our fire pit. The dandelions are marking their territory. And two fields beyond our yard you can see that large patch of bright yellow. Isn't it wonderful?
Here's another close up of our yard and the field beyond.

The photo below was taken a couple miles from our home.
Here's another view of the same field.

How about those "tire tracks" of yellow?

And more yellow.....
I couldn't pass up taking photos of these beautiful horses. I bet they love to eat dandelions! This farm is about 10 minutes from our home.

Saturated with yellow! Can you imagine how much food there is in that field?
Salad and fritters!

After taking in all this beauty, haven't I cultivated a love in your heart for this delightful dandy of a flower? This is God's creation. It's simply stunning! And to think many people pass them by, think of them as weeds, and forget they exude a beauty all their own. Not to mention all the health benefits we are missing by not indulging in this wonderful  plant.

And then, as the days and weeks go by, their little yellow heads turn into white fairies that float gracefully through the air, searching for new places to spread their beauty!

"And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after its kind: and God saw that it was good."
Genesis 1:11-12

Embrace the beauty of God's creation. He has given us so much to enjoy. This little yellow flower can be your friend, not your enemy. Have a blessed weekend, dear ones!

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