My golden yard

free image of dandelion
@GardenGerty (93717)
Marion, Kansas
April 19, 2016 12:53pm CST
I have dandelions in my yard, and I need to mow. I will not spray. Dandelions, I am told, are nutritious plants. Bees rely on dandelions to create honey. To sustain themselves. So my yard it golden, with daffodils and yellow pollen and little honey bees who make a golden sticky comb of honey.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
19 Apr 16
My husband just mowed our yard yesterday-thank God, it was getting way too long! Dandelions are pretty I think.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Apr 16
Children love them.
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@Corbin5 (89206)
• United States
19 Apr 16
A golden yard sounds like a lovely sight to behold. We have the lawn guy kill our dandelions so that our yard looks like all the other yards in the neighborhood. Wish we lived in the country with neighbors far away and I would then let those yellow dandelions grow all they wanted.
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@jstory07 (61256)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Apr 16
People get mad because they are weeds.
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@Corbin5 (89206)
• United States
19 Apr 16
@jstory07 I know. People get too darn picky for me.
@JudyEv (108456)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Apr 16
I think a 'golden' yard would be lovely but sometimes we more or less have to conform.
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@just4him (99945)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Apr 16
We don't have them yet, but it won't be long. I did see a lot of daffodils along the fence of the Botanical Gardens that is right by the college when I took my son to school today. It was beautiful.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
You are a bit colder than we are. It must be nice to drive by a botanical garden on a regular basis.
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@just4him (99945)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Apr 16
@GardenGerty It is, and one of these days I'll even go inside and take a look around. I'll need to check on the admission fee, but I can always see the beautiful displays as I drive by as well.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Apr 16
@just4him It would probably be a lot of fun for you.
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@jstory07 (61256)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Apr 16
The bees will be very happy in your yard.
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@marlina (66680)
• Canada
19 Apr 16
Hope the bees do a SUPER production of honey, thanks to your yard!
@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Apr 16
I am across from a field as well. It has dandelions. I think my community is doing what it can for the bees.
@MALUSE (34570)
• Denmark
19 Apr 16
Many people are silly and destroy dandelion plants. We always let them bloom.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Apr 16
I will pull them, sometimes. I need to learn to eat them.
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@MALUSE (34570)
• Denmark
20 Apr 16
@GardenGerty You can use the leaves in a salad.
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@fishtiger58 (30572)
• Momence, Illinois
20 Apr 16
I leave mine along too, heck they look pretty. I mow them and they come back.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
You can count on them around here.
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@fishtiger58 (30572)
• Momence, Illinois
20 Apr 16
@GardenGerty Here too I got lots in both the front and back yards.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
@fishtiger58 We are raising happy bees. I was pleased to see some traditional honey bees already this year.
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@JudyEv (108456)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Apr 16
Our dandelions are different to yours. They have a black centre and not so many petals.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Apr 16
That sounds like a blackeyed susan to me. Do you have any closeup pictures.
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@JudyEv (108456)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Apr 16
@GardenGerty I know the black-eyed susan and it's different to that. Attaching a photo.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
@JudyEv Those are very pretty. I may have to go do some more research.
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@AmbiePam (46939)
• United States
19 Apr 16
As soon as I saw your picture I thought of the fact that they are edible. I don't know that I would be brave enough to try to make them tasty.
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@peavey (15808)
• United States
19 Apr 16
If you want to try, try the blossoms first Make a simple batter of flour, egg and salt, trim the blossoms of as much green as you can without them falling apart, dip them in the batter and fry them quickly in a little oil. Drain and eat. They don't have a strong flavor and they're good for you.
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@AmbiePam (46939)
• United States
19 Apr 16
@peavey Thanks for the info!
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@peavey (15808)
• United States
19 Apr 16
@AmbiePam You're welcome!
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@celticeagle (115580)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Apr 16
A golden yard. How nice. I wonder if we have dandies out there. Hmm. I haven't been out since October.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
Oh you should go out and see what is there. The sun is lovely here even though it rained all night.
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@celticeagle (115580)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Apr 16
@GardenGerty ....I bet it is. I just don't care for the entire neighborhood staring at me. Ugh! Foreigners and they just stare at you.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Apr 16
@celticeagle Depending on my mood I would possibly smile and wave, stare right back, stick my tongue out or maybe make the sign of the evil eye if I knew it. I can sympathize.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Apr 16
I never cared if my yard had stuff like that in it, that whole perfectly manicured lawn is not for me
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
It lacks an element of spontaneity when all the yards match. This month's Readers Digest has an article about the cost of a perfect lawn.
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• Centralia, Missouri
20 Apr 16
@GardenGerty I feel like it is a waste of time, energy and gas!
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Apr 16
@Jessicalynnt In my first home here my back neighbor was retired as head of the parks department. He had a green house. He did not like vegetables but he plowed up his back yard and grew all kinds of veggies, selling them cheaply or giving them away because he did not feel like grass was worth the trouble.
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@DianneN (66771)
• United States
19 Apr 16
We have a new lawn and our lawn care guy is in charge of keeping our lawn from becoming gold.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
In some neighborhoods that is what works best. Around here everything grows wild.
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@DianneN (66771)
• United States
20 Apr 16
@GardenGerty It must be very pretty. The woods we have is about as wild as it gets here!
@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Apr 16
@DianneN That would be lovely.
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@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
28 Dec 16
It probably smell good too, and the bees are lucky.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Dec 16
It is a very fresh smell, with no chemicals.
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@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
30 Dec 16
@GardenGerty I like that kind of smell...
• China
20 Apr 16
If they were in my garden,I would be over the moon.Instead of mowing them down,I would pull them up by the roots.You know it is a Chinese herbal medicine with many medicinal properties.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
I do know that they are herbal medicine and I have some tea blend recipes that call for the leaves. It turns out that almost everything that grows in my yard is an edible plant.
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• China
21 Apr 16
@GardenGerty We use its whole plant including flower and root as anti-infective.
@PatZAnthony (11971)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Apr 16
We do not spray and enjoy the weeds always. Such a pleasure for the bees and tons of butterfly (saw my 2nd butterfly of the season today) that enjoy our property.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Apr 16
That sounds like us. I am hoping to see hummingbirds too.
@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Apr 16
@PatZAnthony I saw some of the white butterflies a few weeks ago. Tonight I saw a red admiral on my front walkway.
@peavey (15808)
• United States
19 Apr 16
Mine has dandelions, too, more in the back than the front. I refuse to spray poison. I use the dandelion roots more than anything, although the leaves make good greens early in the spring and I like the blossoms frittered. When there is famine in the land, I'll be eating dandelions!
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
How do you use the roots? I was told those were best in the fall. I do not remember everything I have been told but the leaves are a good tonic for your kidneys.
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@peavey (15808)
• United States
20 Apr 16
@GardenGerty Dig them in the spring to eat as a vegetable and dig them in the fall to make dandelion "coffee," which is mostly what I do. The "coffee" is a mild diuretic and provides nutrients instead of taking them from your system like prescription diuretics do. You just scrub, chop and roast them until they're light brown, then grind them in a coffee grinder. Make the coffee like you would tea or put it in a coffee maker. For a vegetable, dig the fat ones in the spring before there's a lot of growth, scrub and simmer them in water until they're tender. The old ones will be tough, sometimes with a woody center, but the young ones are good. The leaves are more diuretic than the roots. They can be good for the kidneys if you don't overdo it. When they're too old to be good as greens, they're good to add to soups and other dishes where they become almost unnoticeable.
@db20747 (2927)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
21 Apr 16
That's a lovely picture of a dandelion. Hard to believe it's a weed. Great to be contientious of nature. I'll bet that honey is golden delicious.
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Apr 16
I imagine it is. Someone remarked last night while we were at the garden that the dandelions were all happy that it rained.
@katsmeow1213 (29023)
• United States
20 Apr 16
I just happened to notice that I have a couple of dandelions growing in my yard. We just mowed 2 days ago!
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Apr 16
Oh, they come back fast. Persistent. I need to mow. Need to get Mowtivated.
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@CRK109 (14290)
• United States
20 Apr 16
Last I saw my house, the dandelions were moving in. I was supposed to be over there right now but I missed my ride. So I'll check again on another day! :)
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Apr 16
I bet it is rough to have to wait for a ride to do what you want. I feel that way when hubby takes the truck as I cannot get the little car to run.
@theBlock (2545)
• United States
20 Apr 16
I love flowers and bees, baby! Keep your garden golden!
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Apr 16
I have lots of blue and purple and white as well.
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@marguicha (84050)
• Chile
20 Apr 16
You can add dandelion flowers to your salad. Check it online
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@GardenGerty (93717)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Apr 16
This is what I thought. if I grew them in rows I could call them a crop.