Anyway, now I have dandelions here, there, and everywhere.
I gave up working on the gravel bed, and dandelions, shotweed, and Mexican feather grass have taken over.
|They're in the parking strip out by the street.|
|They're in the beds.|
|Of course they're in the "lawn."|
|This one tried to disguise itself as a California poppy.|
|And I've got way too many of these already!|
But...here's the goose in the game. It's a Calendula, which overwintered in the garden and is already blooming. I spied it through the undergrowth and at first, thought "That's a strange dandelion."
We had such a mild winter temperature-wise, that I have other Calendulas that have leafed out already and will also be flowering soon.
They're not the prettiest plants, but how can I say no to flowers like this?
|Calendula 'Solar Flashback'|
I posted recently that I thought I had enough dandelions and shotweed to feed a small army (both are edible weeds). There's actually lots more you can do with dandelions. Here's an article with all kinds of ideas -- from using them medicinally to cooking the greens with garlic to making dye.
One good thing about Calendula -- it's edible too! I have a veritable vegetarian feast growing with almost no effort.