Have we ever really looked at a dandelion? Their bright yellow petals (100+) branch out in all directions forming a beautiful mandala. And when we look into the center, we can see an elegant star pattern.
I found this image on Wikipedia under the category of “Weeds.” How sad that we in our western culture call this delicate beauty a weed.
Along with being a cute flower (IMHO), it can be eaten. I found this article by Sunwarrior.com, “11 Health Benefits of Dandelions,” to be quite interesting and helpful.
They also benefit honeybees. From TheBarefootBee.com web site:
When honeybees are first emerging from their hives in the spring they have typically depleted their winter stores of honey and pollen needed for daily nutrition to sustain their life. The synergy of nature is amazing in that just when honeybees are emerging from their hives, so too emerge incredibly nutritious Dandelions! For honeybees, this valuable pollen and nectar source provides one of the first important sources of pollen and nectar, prior to when the other spring nectar sources become available. So, if you can leave the dandelions while they are in bloom, just think how many honeybees will benefit.
So let’s allow mother nature to color our lawns with dandelions!