It’s not a thing but perhaps it ought to be ..maybe somewhere it is. I really like dandelions: that big sun head giving all sorts of insects a landing-place. Greeting the spring when many other flowers are still a little shy to show up.
Caught in the tail back which snaked around the roundabout and stopped. This offered the chance to look to the clock faces, the mass of fluffy heads getting ready to blow out the time with the next gust of wind. I came back here on the way home, hoping the day had been still and the seed heads remaining.
I came back to park up and take the photos.
Have you spotted these dandelion days? They happen twice – the day you first notice that the those yellow heads are all out everywhere .. the first flush. Then the second when they all transform to clocks, simultaneously; sometimes whole fields certainly along the road verges. Ok I agree perhaps less exciting when in your own garden, but I have to admit to enjoying them even there.
Being held in traffic, and viewing the verges reveals there are varieties, or perhaps mutations. I have no botanical background but I have noticed the variations in leaves. the expected ragged, toothed leaf the source of the name lions tooth, in some places almost entirely smoothed out. Reasons?
In a recent project, concerning gratitude, I was looking at the very involved flower language developed by Victorians, and while it would be possible to build a bouquet of flowers representing a variety of emotions and messages no combination settled the subject sufficiently for me. Consulting several guides I could not find a reference in there for dandelions either. Strange? The plant itself can be useful tasty vitamin c laden salad leaves, symbolic time references, roots dried and ground for coffee substitute (or so I read ) and in the past a treatment for jaundice. Perhaps the thing against the inclusion for the posy makers is the flower will not stay open when picked, losing the sun it closes down.
In looking into my gratitude plans, I am proposing the dandelion is the symbolic plant for my subject. I am not going into my discussion on gratitude here .. still much to explore, but I will briefly mention why the dandelion
The flower head .. bright sunshine yellow, the immediate reaction. Thankfulness for the gift, the offer , the past action someone else carried out which enables you to now do something ,
The deep tap roots this plant has – that past action may not have been with you in mind, someone else’s selfless act, waiting for the spring, and even the effects of the gift embedding itself in you gradually changing your attitude or actions
The seed head – superb dispersal system of this plant. The gift the idea, how best to truly acknowledge the effect but by taking that and using it yourself , spreading its effect further.
These are the basis of my reason for adopting dandelions to carry the idea of gratitude. I have wandered from my roadside commentary, but sometimes it is while you are stuck in traffic that these other thoughts are given time to mull and sneak around your head and the seeds of ideas get planted.
Enjoy your commute