Friday, May 05, 2006

Dandelion Fields Forever

Looking East-ish.

"Mom, isn't grass supposed to be green?"

"Yes, baby. It is."

In case you're wondering: Yes. If I spun in a circle and took a 360 degree picture, it would be just as yellow in all directions.

Next few days, if Charles doesn't get them with the mower, it will be a sea of white. Not that it clearly matters, because, with this many, there's really no point, is there?

(Your next question to me is: Why, oh why did I spend a few hours weeding the beds, yesterday? And why, oh why, do I plan to go back and try to finish the job, today?)

Obviously, there is no good answer. I feel like the orchestra on the deck of the Titanic, playing as the ship went down...

Mental, I am. Clearly mental.



Anonymous Kate W. said...

I am even jealous of your dandelions! All of that land! I want all of that land! At least you know you will be weeding! Ellie would be having a field day (no pun) intended picking them.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Kate W. said...

OK so shoot me that I did not proof read the above comment- it's early in the morning and I am trying to hurry and comment before I have to go throw more donut holes at my children and clean my house! Colleen is coming for the weekend!

9:18 AM  
Blogger amy said...

at least the dandelions are easier to weed than clover. AGGH! clover drives me INSANE!!

you have a beautiful plot up there! I am envious!

happy weekend!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Try Gorn Gluten Maal in your garden. I've never used it, but there are a bunch of people around here that use it to control dandelions - it works fairly well, apparently, and it's non-toxic. I don't know if it's available locally or not.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

sigh. crappy proofreading strikes again. that's "Corn Glutean Meal," not "maal."

10:02 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

and Gluten, not Glutean.

Wonder how long I can keep going with this?

I'm such a comment hog.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Kate- Sara loves all the pretty yellow flowers and picks them by the fist-ful. She doesn't seem to be making a dent in them, though. Have a lovely weekend with Colleen!

Amy- Yes, but at least clover is fixing nitrogen for the soil and can be plowed in...If you have a plow.

Teri- For a second, I thought you were giving me a recipe for the dandelions. Gorn Gluten Maal. Sounds vaguely Indian. I'll look for corn gluten meal at Jung's this weekend. Looks like Sunday is planting day! (Between you and Kate, my comment stats will be good with this post.)

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Gerah said...

Well, then that makes me mental too...

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Ariella said...

Just keep trying to empty that rowboat with a teaspoon, my diligent friend...

1:09 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Is it wrong that I love dandelions? I think they are beautiful and asked Keem if I could make dandelion chains to wear in my hair. She said no. She also won't let me freulich under the crab apple trees while the blossoms rain upon me. Why are all of my friends so damn practical? Where are the free spirits like me?

Although, honestly, I really hate it when other people do kooky things because it detracts attention from me. Is that wrong?

1:32 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

A dandelion recipe? Their edible... hmmm, how about:

Categories: Breads, Vegetarian
Yield: 10 servings

1 c Whole-Wheat Flour
2 tb Olive Oil
2 ts Baking Powder
1 c Dandelion Flowers, clean and
1 pn Salt
1 Egg
Nonstick Vegetable-Oil Spray
1/2 c Low-Fat Milk -or- Water

This variation on pancakes uses the yellow puffs of
the dandelion, a good source of Vitamin A.
In a bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, beat egg, then mix with milk or
water and olive oil. Combine with dry mixture. Stir
in yellow flowers carefully, taking care not to crush
them. Lightly spray a griddle or frying pan with
vegetable oil. Heat until thoroughly warmed. Pour
batter onto griddle by spoonfuls and cook like
pancakes. Makes 10 fritters.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

aaaaaaargh! Wrong "their/there/they're." I'm clearly language-deficient today. So I'm going to leave lots of comments. Because the people with the least to say, say the most.

And how about this receipe:
Dandelion Wine (Easier)

Recipe By : Homebrewers
Serving Size : 1 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Alcoholic Beverages

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
2 Litres Dandelions .
1 1/2 Lb Sugar
4 Oranges
1 Gallon Water
Yeast And Nutrient

Don't forget, that the flowers should really be picked in sunshine or at
midday, so that the flowers are fully opened, and the making of the wine
should be done immediately.

Measure the yellow heads, discarding as much green as possible, bringing
the water to the boil in the meantime. Two litres of flower heads weigh
approximately 1 lb. Pour the boiling water over the flowers and leave
them for two days in a closely covered bucket. Again, be careful not to
exceed this time or a curious odour often invades and spoils what is a
most pleasant table wine, properly made. Boil the mixture for 10 minutes
with rough muslin over the sugar, stirring to dissolve it. When cool add
the yeast nutrient, fruit juice and yeast. Put into fermentation jar and
fit air-lock, and siphon off into clean bottles when the wine is
cleared. It will be just right for drinking within 6 months or earlier
if you are really impatient.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

NOTES : This is a somewhat lighter bodied wine.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Sometimes i'm a pain in the ass, eh?

2:53 PM  
Blogger moegirl said...

I'm kinda with Sara, I like dandelions, I used make dandelion chains when I was a kid.

I think you field looks very pretty.

3:29 PM  
Blogger brooksba said...

As a child, I loved, LOVED dandelions. You could color things yellow with them, blow them in the wind, and hey! they are pretty from a distance. It's odd that once they were called a weed (in my world) I didn't like them anymore. Hmmmm.

You have an awesome piece of land. So much space!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Cagey said...

As a suburban homeowner, I was pretty horrified to see all those dandelions. As a suburban homeowner, I am pretty jealous that you get to LET THEM BE. :-)

3:38 PM  
Blogger listmaker said...

I think they're pretty, but if you would like to do battle with them try
It's pretty good at keeping them at bay; not bad for a lawn care product that technically you could eat. But, it smells really bad. On second thought, keep the dandelions, you can always make lots of wilted dandelion salad.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

We're pulling then out one by one, as soon as they flower, before they self-seed. It's quite possible that we're delusional. :)

But we only have a third of an acre. If I had your land, I'd embrace the inevitable and make dandelion wine instead.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous christie said...

Not mentally, just possibly and eternal optimist...well and a tad bit mental too.....

I was hoping all the flowering weeds in my yard would overgrow the little bit of grass that's there and I could just call it a yard full of wildflowers, and well, who can mow down a yard full of wild flowers????

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Leigh-Ann said...

Buy one of those packages of "assorted wildflower seeds", toss them out amongst the dandelions, and voila -- you'll be on the cover of "Home Beautiful" or "Wildflower Monthly" or something like that. It's all about the attitude -- if people look at your dandelions oddly just say, "I meant to do that" (PeeWee Herman voice optional).

3:52 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Gerah- Sort of a 'takes one to know one' thing?

Ariella- *sigh* That's it, exactly.

Dana- You are Queen. Therefore nothing you do is wrong. I really should just embrace the cheerful hardy perennial that is the dandelion.

Teri- I'm strangely tempted. Beware of the fritters if you ever visit and I make you dinner. But the lovely table wine will have no sulfites, so you will suffer no migraine should you imbibe. (Sorry. You have yet to be a pain in the ass. But feel free to keep trying...)

Stace- Now I have this image of you, Sara and Dana all in the field making dandelion chains. It's a rather lovely picture.

Beth- They really are rather pretty. Too bad they are so damn invasive. Sorry they got spoiled for you.

Cagey- Oh, do I hear you. I used to cringe at them when we lived in suburbia, fearing the neighbors. We also don't have to shovel the sidewalk. We have no sidewalk. The driveway is optional, as long as the UPS guy can get to the door and back without a lawsuit.

Listie- Thanks for the link. Intruguing... Perhaps if I try the salad and find it's not to my taste?

Karen- I salute you! Sisters unite! I even got one of those weeder thingies that you step on and twist out the dandelion, but it doesn't work very well and makes my wrist cranky.

Christie- Hey, what happened to the teenaged lawn boy who was going to do all your sweaty mowing while you sat inside in air-conditioned comfort?

Leigh-Ann- Now I have Pee-Wee in my head and it's all your fault. I have a strip of lovely tall grass with wild flowers in the front, along the road, where it gets abused through the winter with exuberent plows and road salt. They make me happy. I should just sow more. You're right.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Barry said...

All I can say is ...weeds - ugh! enjoy the 'pretty flowers' haha

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

If Rachel saw your land (I almost said yard, but that didn't seem quite right), she would say, "Look at all the beautiful flowers!!!" I don't think it's crazy that you would weed the beds. If you said you were weeding the "sea of yellow", well, maybe just a little crazy.

p.s. Kate and I did have a fun week-end. She invited us and my brother and his family over and cooked for us ON HER BIRTHDAY! Is she a friend or what? We had offered to go out instead, but 6 adults plus 7 children (ages 4 and under) in a restaurant on a Saturday night sounded like a recipe for disaster!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Barry!- Welcome! I took a peek at your blog last night and need to go back for more. Fascinating!

Colleen- That's Kate all over, Isn't it? (Must admit, were it me, we certainly wouldn't have gone to a restaurant, but take-out pizza would probably been on the menu.) Glad your trip was wonderful and can't wait to read all about it.

9:16 AM  
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