Some love them - believe it or not - they claim dandelion changed their life.
Some hate them - every spring they ask 'what's the best way to get rid of them from my lawn?'
As somebody said 'weeds are good plants, only growing in wrong places' - the same applies to dandelions.
Lately I was throwing myself from hating to loving.
You may hate them for its aggresive habit to grow anywhere at anytime and the necessity to remove them constantly (that was my reason).
You may love them for its beauty and secrets - still it doesn't mean you need to let them grow freely wherever THEY want. Without 'attention', they are so vital... almost invincible.
To which group do you belong my careful reader?
My current state could be described as 'understanding and discovering'. I am on the way from hating to loving.
When I first overtook the property 4 years ago dandelions were ruling the place. Ground was literally covered with it. It was June. Their glory time - when they are invincible, unless you hand-weed them, but at that time I didn't know about it. With no experience about gardening and proper knowlegde, I felt defenceless against this very powerful plant. But why to be 'against'? I have got my lesson at that time and understood that gardening with Nature, not against, is easier. I have learned that systematic hand-weeding works best. I do not love to do it, but do I love everything else I have to do ? This just 'a must' - it has to be done... unless you want to have your own dandelion crop :)
On the gardening forum I was exposed to others loving and admiring it, so I decided to go to the meadow and take a look into its eyes.... I have opened my head and heart... took a deep look... and it happened...
I saw something else than before. Not 'weeding object' but little sun heads covering the soil, that nobody else wants to take care of it.
I heard from Barbara at Abenteuer Garden, that it is possible to make deandelion syrup and confiture - thank you for inspiration you gave me one day in April :)
It is made of dandelion petal's and is so aromatic and tasty! Truly beautiful! Suprise is stronger, because flowers itself are not having any nice scent, also while cooking the smell you get is still very NOT convincing.
I made the version with orange and lemon.
After experiencing beauty of the dandelion syrup I understood secrets hidden in this small plant. Although its size is not big, its power is tremendous.
It is a great gift given by nature to us.
You don't suspect what is hidden in the little weird smelling flowers - sirup and confiture is known for its diuretic effect. It really works :) Sorry for this very private info, but want to share my experience on it - in 2 days I got rid of 2 litres excessive water stored in my body, that was giving me the feeling if beign little heavy - so my weight is 2 kg less!
So if you read somewhere that syrup does not have any medicinal value - I would oppose that.
Dandelion salad - I have learned, that leaves are more nutritious than anything available in the shops. They are higher in beta-carotene than carrots. The iron and calcium content is greater than spinach. You also get vitamins B-1, B-2, B-5, B-6, B-12, C, E, P, and D, biotin, inositol, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc by using a tasty, free vegetable that grows on almost every lawn. You need to pick young leaves, older ones have more bitter taste.
More medicinal use you can find here.
Dandelion inspires artists and performers - look here at very interesting project in Danmark "Hot Summer of Urban Farming" by Camilla Berner.
At this stage I would like to appologise for all spelling mistakes appearing in my posts - I am trying to eliminate them as much as I can. Unfortunately my blogger spellcheck malfunctions. I am trying to fix it, with no effect so far.
I know it might be annoying for some readers - I do not like to see it somewhere else as well. This is not my lack of respect to the readers or my sloppiness - rather lack of it knowlegde :(
I read my posts before publishing, but sometimes I do not see the mistakes. Sorry!
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