Autumn garden; globe artichoke plants, galangal, broccoli, water chestnuts and cress in ponds on right, dandelions and calendula thriving in the corner of a big wicking bed ….
dandelions in the garden
this is what caught my attention this morning, not that I really had time for photos …. but they looked so perfect …
dandelions and calendula
somehow the colours of dandelion and calendula flowers strewn with falling grape leaves create the perfect background for the great fluffy seed heads … and the older one with just a few tiny parachutes left …
asteroid and landing pods?
…… looked rather like a space object … no longer in the plant category …
still to fly!
but this one was full of poised parachutes, shifting slightly in the breeze but still holding firm …
and below, another flower attracting bees … I had not noticed the tiny curls amongst the fluted petals … my camera often sees more than I do … stores it away to show me later!
dandelion curls for a busy bee
Maybe the three year old will be blowing these dandelion clocks while we are away …. sending the seed sailing for new fertile patches where the whole cycle can begin again, and creating more delicious dandelion greens for the garden!
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
The flower of survival.
Used in medicine in Ancient Greece and was praised in herbals in the Middle Ages.
Taraxacum is from the Greek word, taraxo, meaning pain or remedy.
The leaves are edible, and may be used in salads, or cooked like spinach.
This plant is highly nutritious, rich in vitamins C and B, and pro-vitamin A,
and minerals potassium and iron.
Dandelion is a spring tonic, it expels toxins, wastes and pollutants through the liver and kidneys,
cleaning the blood. (thanks to Friend Nature for the Dandelion uses info in her timely post today)