What is in my garden this November? Why the lowly dandelion and his numerous friends. What can we learn from this plebeian of the garden?
In the 70°, Indian Summer weather here in the Falls, the dandelions are inhabiting profusely, but most have dried to produce seed. It got me thinking in a philosophical sense. You will see where this all leads in a five-part, consecutively posted series, Dandelion Days.
The dandelions made it through our weather in the twenties, and now are feeding the remaining pollinators (a lone one above) when much of the garden has retired for the season. Why are they still working hard when much is resting around them?
The industrious, dogged dandelions are up early in Spring and late to rest in the Fall. They decorate our gardens with their cheery yellow faces to the best of their abilities, considering how unwanted and loathed that they really are by mankind.
They proliferate the summer despite the harsh treatment of lawn services and gardeners armed with dandelion diggers or Roundup. By their sheer numbers alone make the job tough and painstaking as a deterrent.
With their long taproot tunneling into the earth, they gather moisture when other garden plants lay dry. Not native to here, they have made themselves at home, adapting to varied conditions.
Remember not too long ago when the dandelion was fresh, bright and very yellow? They do pop up where they are the prettiest, but also where they might be noticed and culled.
It is almost like they are pleading for a pardon, delighting us in their spring show to wear on our sense of aesthetics, or thumbing their petals at us in contempt. You decide, but it does look like intent.
They look loveliest in a Spring lawn, but wear out their welcome quickly with harsh looking, basal rosettes and dusty seed heads. Unfortunately, they have yet to master the total look gardeners desire.
Now faded and pumping out seed into the wind, they have the last laugh on both gardeners seeking to work with nature and those decidedly not. The seeds are tiny, but will make hundreds of copies of themselves to the bane of gardeners everywhere. They will find every crack in the sidewalk to every soft, moist patch of the gardens. Against all odds, they flourish. It kinda parallels mankind’s existence too. There was a time where we faced harsh odds as well. Is that in the distant past, or is it still alarming the future?
A dandelion can speak volumes if we listen. And what does it say? Well it’s going to tell you in the next post, so stop back!
This is a five-part series, and where it leads might surprise you. And…
For the GBBD readers, there is much more than dandelions in the garden, so here is a few of the colorful bloomers amongst about twenty more. Look back though this month’s posts if you want to see more of the garden blooms. The post Snaps of November 2012 Garden Glimmer is a monthly series I am posting. You can compare it to November 2011 in the post, November 2011 Garden Revisited, also part of the new monthly series. My garden is well covered each month, but I like to make each post have more than just the images.
Also this month:
Linking this post to posts around the world, May Dreams Gardens.
Missed a post in the previous series? This series on macro photography has much more in store. Two useful posts are prepared and awaiting their turn. When Dandelion Days conclude, there is more MACRO.
Also a series on Creativity: