Aug 6, 2007
I was thinking about the dandelions in my garden, and how I like them every bit as much as the flowers and bulbs I've deliberately planted.
I've never understood the general dislike of weeds that flower - ranging in some cases to a mania to want to pull them out. If the color is nice, if the flower adds some sparkle to your lawn, why pick a fight with that?
I could understand if the unplanted flowers were so aggressive that they took over everything you carefully planted. But dandelions, though a stubborn species, pose no threat to most planted flowers. In fact, they do just fine with daisies, black-eyed susans, and violets (which I guess, in some quarters, are also considered weeds).
Bottom line (of plants) for me: dandelions and violets are really no different than more exotic wildflowers. It's good to see them - for when they pop up, you're seeing the result of a what some breeze blew over, and it's nice to see the cosmos at work in that...