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Really? Dandelions in January?

By Carol Clark

I may have a difficult time growing seeds indoors in the winter but I can grow dandelions outside in January!!

This one showed up next to my front door this weekend. I have others in the driveway.

Dandelions, like rats and tamarisk, were brought to America by immigrants who were as tough as dandelions. Many pioneers who came west in covered wagons owed their survival to dandelions growing in the winter. They provided loads of vitamins and minerals to weary travelers.

As every lawn care worker can testify, one plant can make as many as 200 new plants.

 You fight dandelions all weekend,
 and late Monday afternoon there they are,
 pert as all get out,
 in full and gorgeous bloom,
 pretty as can be,
 thriving as only dandelions can in the face of adversity.

                                                              - Hal Borland

As a child I thought they were beautiful and would pick a bouquet often for my mom. I still think they are kinda cute, but I don't want them by my front door....

and I don't care to eat them either.

“The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common. If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world."  - author unknown 




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