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Jan 01 2014

Botanical Wednesday: So that’s what all that white stuff is outside?

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  1. 1
    chigau (違う)

    Albino brain chiggers?

  2. 2
    beatgroover

    There’s a great timelapse of a dandelion flowering then forming the seed head you have pictured. Gotta love plant timelapses

  3. 3
    chigau (違う)

    That timelapse is very cool.
    And it’s pretty clear that the aphids did it.

  4. 4
    chuckonpiggott

    Evil plant, simply evil.

  5. 5
    JohnnieCanuck

    If you have enough dandelion seeds on your lawn to make it white, soon your grass will be vanquished under a mat of toothy leaves. On the bright side, the bees will really appreciate the many long-lasting blooms.

  6. 6
    nurnord

    As Richard Dawkins beautifully put it in one of his books…

    “It’s raining DNA”

  7. 7
    Moggie

    It’s funny to remember how we used to blow on those to tell the time. Gullible kids.

  8. 8
    stripeycat

    Evil plant, simply evil.

    Since Mum got some hens, I’ve gained a new appreciation for dandelions: they’re their favourite vegetable. Hand-feeding them bunches is absurdly good entertainment, and made such inroads in the dandelion population she actually ran out during a dry spell last summer. Throw in culinary uses (dandelion petals make a very nice light wine, and young leaves are a refreshingly bitter salad ingredient), and textile dye from the roots, and they can be pretty useful. They are invasive thugs if you let them seed, though.

  9. 9
    Moggie

    stripeycat:

    Since Mum got some hens, I’ve gained a new appreciation for dandelions: they’re their favourite vegetable.

    Geese, tortoises and bunnies all enjoy the leaves too.

  10. 10
    Richard Smith

    But, if that’s what all the white stuff is, shouldn’t it start out yellow and then turn white, instead of the other way ’round, as it usually does?

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