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Cheerful little free flowers 63 70.79%
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#1 of 38 Old 04-24-2008, 08:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Do you think of them as flowers or weeds? (I'm not looking for a technical classification, just people's opinions.)

I've always loved them. My father maintains that if they were difficult to grow, they'd be much sought-after.

At the moment, they're mixed amoung my perennials and ds2 will happily help them spread once they go to seed. My neighbor can't figure out why I let these "weeds" grow in my garden. I can't figure out why people don't think of them as FLOWERS!

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To my boys they are beautiful flowers! I love the way they love them! We have a dandelion bouquet in our kitchen at this moment.

That said, to me, outside the bouquet in the kitchen and instead sitting in my front lawn they are weeds. I think this is because they are invasive--going where they are not wanted and far from where they might be planted.

Outside of flower/weed they are herbal and edible.

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I hate them because they are invasive AND sometimes really hard to pull.

That doesn't mean I won't accept the 500 bouquets of them my DD's will bring me this summer
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Grrr.... stupid dandelions in my lawn!!!! You know what dandelions and summer create? BEE STINGS!!! NOOOOO....... ugh.

Same with clover. Get out. Stay out. I want the bees where I love them, in the flowers and OFF my lawn where my family walk barefoot all summer.
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They are especially treasured here, the first thing to bloom in the spring and really important to bees. The white fluff phase is annoying though...
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I've always called them my favorite flower. They're a beautiful bright yellow, and right now ds2 has a ball picking them and putting them on the nature table.

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Right now they are so pretty mixed up with the purple wild violets in everyone's lawn and in the parks. We don't have many in our yard for some reason, but I kind of wish we did because we like to eat them Maybe I would like them less if they were invasive in my yard.

My vote is yummy veggie/herb and pretty flower.
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Love the flowers, really......but they're weeds, vile little plants hell bent on destroying my pretty lawn

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I know there are lots of great uses for dandelions but if they were cheerful, little free flowers they wouldn't proliferate they way they do and they would have a much shallower root system. They are evil
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i've got mad love for dandilions : : :
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I am not a lawn person I would rather have food growing than a nice lawn. And right now given the choice I would love to have dandelions all over my yard instead of dirt trails that the moles left behind:
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They are sooooo full of vitamins (the early leaves). And so cheery and pretty. We call them Avery-flowers because they were all over the place when I was laboring (out in the yard ) with Avery.

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Oh, I can't help but love dandelions for their cheery flowers and delicious leaves. Last night I put dandy leaves into a soup. It was good. I actually have been trying to get more dandilions and clover and plaintain and ground ivy into my yard because I think it is so much prettier than just plain old grass (which I don't have any of anyway!)
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weeds... I know totally uncrunchy of me, but they are just so invasive!

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They are sooooo full of vitamins (the early leaves). And so cheery and pretty. We call them Avery-flowers because they were all over the place when I was laboring (out in the yard ) with Avery.
This is so sweet that it's making me change my mind, though.

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If they didn't have a tap root, they wouldn't be so bad. We have clay. Clay + tap root = impossible!

You can make wine out of the flowers!
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If they didn't have a tap root, they wouldn't be so bad. We have clay. Clay + tap root = impossible!

You can make wine out of the flowers!


The tap root makes it horrible.

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I clicked on the poll and then saw who posted it,

Cheerful, free flowers of course Just yesterday Bridget and I were talking about them. She said she couldn't see why people didn't like them and I told her I agreed I love them. They're so pretty.

And if we didn't have dandelions, how would we make wishes by blowing on the puff balls?
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I don't particularly like them. I hate how they grow so much faster than the grass and make the lawn looked like it needs to be mown when it doesn't! It's such a waste of gas to mow because of those pesky weeds! And that root is a killer to pull!

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They make our lawn so colorful! Dandilions plus those little lavendar flowers and those even littler white flowers save us from a boring green lawn!

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I love dandelions. They give a lawn character and charm and - my favorite part - attract bees (good for my garden). I have to keep my front yard dandelion free (HOA), but I let them live in the back. Plus, I like having the pretty yellow flowers for DS to marvel at.
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Well, they're not native, but I find it therapeutic to get out the dandy-digger when the kids are playing outside. Can't really tell a difference afterwards.

I once blogged that "We have a nice collection of European wildflowers, namely henbit, shepherd's purse, and Taraxacum officinale." No one got my joke. (That they are all very common lawn weeds, esp. in lawns that are not aggressively maintained, and imported invaders. ha ha.)
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Well, it looks like Dad was right on! It seems the poor dandelinion's most awful crime is that it's easy to grow.

My son would be so upset if I dug up his "blow-flowers." Maybe I should start a "lazy gardeners tribe."

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I've been taking an herbal medicine class and it's really opened my eyes to the value of many plants that people generally consider weeds. I've never understood the desire to have a pristine green lawn of only grass, but I was still pulling a lot of plants out of my garden based on the notion that they were "bad" plants. I know better now and am really enjoying not having to weed.

I'll tell you what is evil though: bindweed. It's tough as nails and even harder to eradicate than dandelion, with no redeeming qualities.
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Evil weeds but only because of my allergies, otherwise I'd classify them as food.
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They are pretty flowers when in the lawn esp with the violets, buttercups and chickweed and other wildflowers early in the season.

They are evil weeds when in the garden.

My 3yo ds picked one that had gone to seed last night and would not go to bed without it.
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We love dandelions! Yellow is both DD1 & DD2's favorite colors...they LOVE picking them.

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you didn't have an other!

When my son hands me a handful, they are wonderful flowers. When they are in my yard, they are terrible little weeds.
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I have never cared about a weed free lawn either, now I am really liking them because my chicks love the flowers, I am thinking they will eat the greens as they get bigger. We should eat them too, I have just been unsure how to go about it. Are they bitter?

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