Friday, 18 May 2018

Dandelion Delight

Golden sunshine is springing up all over the back lawn, so let's make use of all those sunny dandelions. They may be considered weeds, but for me they have their own style of beauty.
I'm sure my neighbours were peeking out of their windows wondering what is that weird person doing on her hands and knees......
In French the lowly dandelion is named piss-en-lit. Rough translation.... wet the bed! So called because the leaves are diuretic. The whole plant is edible, and once I made some pretty strong dandelion wine from the blossoms.

After completing this piece of "performance art" and taking some photos, I dashed off to pick up my grandies from school as usual, and when I got home, the lawn mower had been by and my masterpiece was no more!

But there are plenty more dandelions to come.

The next day, my sweet grandie Emma was at my house for her scheduled "dinner date", and helped make this lovely dandelion sunburst.
Can you see the little violet in the centre?

Inspiration comes from the art of British artist Andy Goldsworthy. Make sure you scroll down to see some of his inspired work.

12 comments:

Lowell said...

You are so creative. I've heard of dandelion wine, but thought it must have a joke. We just don't see dandelions in this part of Florida. In fact, it's been years since I've seen one. I wonder why that is.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Love the sunburst Shammi, artistic wee helper you had there. Following the link I see exactly where you got your inspiration 🌻

William Kendall said...

Very pretty!

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you for that link. Ephemeral magic at its best.
And I love your wet the bed spiral. A name that dandelions have here too. Or did when I was growing up.

bill burke said...

Very pretty and creative. My wife loves dandelions.

Marie Smith said...

I will never look at dandelion the same way again because of your creativity.

Anvilcloud said...

You made something pretty from those weeds.

William Kendall said...

Regarding your comment in yesterday's post, I should have been more clear in my text. The photos of the red and pink emperor tulips were taken at their peak, about a week and a half ago. When I was in the area again this past Tuesday for another visit, the red emperors had lost most of their petals, the first to go. The pinks were still okay.

stardust said...

Dandelion art is so inspiring. Dandelions have always looked stars on earth to me. I like both your “cosmic whirlpool” and Emma’s “sunburst”.

Yoko

LL Cool Joe said...

I bet you'll be pissed off to know that we spend money having our lawn treated with weed killer to get rid of the dandelions and buttercups. :D

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! Gorgeous, wonderful! You are very creative! Well done!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Me again...
Sending big hugs and kisses to sweet grandie Emma! Sounds so nice to have her to "dinner date" and lovely that she helped you to make beautiful dandelion sunburst.