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Old 04-16-2010, 07:27 PM   #11
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Am I the only person in the world who believes in the "enjoy-the-pretty-yellow-flower" option?
My son loves dandelions, especially when they're white and fluffy. He blows them all over the yard.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:45 PM   #12
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Personally..we leave our dandelions alone. I don't like them, but the only time I use round-up on them is when they interfere with native plants I'm trying to start.
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:23 AM   #13
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Am I the only person in the world who believes in the "enjoy-the-pretty-yellow-flower" option?
Dan,

I actually always found them attractive. In my teens, I remember wondering why people had to kill everything but the grass. That is what got me started in wanting wild areas, which led me to wanting strictly natives.

I've been wanting to get the native dwarf dandelion, Krigia virginica.

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Old 04-17-2010, 09:39 AM   #14
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I can't believe I had the scientific name right the first time. I used to read more about natives and would recognize the botanical name in print--though I rarely knew how to pronounce them. I was testing myself when I replied above and orginanally typed: Krigia biflora. When I tried the search the ony thing that showed up was the Krigia virginica ...later I found other Krigia spp. listed.

I'd take BOTH, but I meant to refer to K. biflora
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:11 AM   #15
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Local folks see me, the oddball, out in the yard with bucket and weed fork, digging dandelions. A bucket of dandelions is good compost raw material. Pretty or not, they don't "belong", so they go.
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Dan,

I actually always found them attractive. In my teens, I remember wondering why people had to kill everything but the grass. That is what got me started in wanting wild areas, which led me to wanting strictly natives.

I've been wanting to get the native dwarf dandelion, Krigia virginica.

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Pretty or not, they don't "belong", so they go.
That is how I feel.

I'm not fooling myself to think that dandelions will be eradicated from North America, but I'd like to eradicate them (and other non-natives) on my two acres at least. Hopefully, as I get more and more diversity in my yard and the natives re-colonize, others will see the beauty and want to do the same.
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:42 PM   #17
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The thing that bothers me most about dandelions is that they are very "neighbor unfriendly". They flower and seed so quickly that it's very hard to keep them from spreading onto other people's property. No matter what the neighbors are doing from the point of landscaping, I don't want to be responsible for an outbreak of dandelions in their vegetable garden, flower beds, lawns, etc. And I hope they give me the same consideration for my landscape.

So for me, that outweighs any pluses that might be attributed to these plants or any other plants that spread in an out of control manner. I consider natural areas and public areas to be neighbors, so I don't want to be responsible for spreading these kinds of plants there either.
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Old 04-17-2010, 03:00 PM   #18
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Ah, my ignorance trips me up once again. I didn't know they were non-native. As for neighbor unfriendliness, I haven't lived where that was an issue for some time. I lived in town where lawns were small or non-existent or I had neighbors who were very casual about their lawns appearance or I've lived where I had no neighbors close to me. Honestly, I'd feel out of place in a suburb where everybody had carefully manicured lawns. Having said that, if I did live in such an environment, I would show consideration for my neighbors and do what I could to minimize dandelion encroachment.
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:36 PM   #19
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Dandelion wine: fermented sunshine!
Last year I made some elderberry wine for use as a red cooking wine. This post set me to thinking, why not make dandelion wine for my white cooking wine?

So, taking a break from pulling garlic mustard, I picked this recipe and started it today.
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Old 04-18-2010, 06:57 PM   #20
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Sometimes I let my dandies go to seed just to p*ss off the putting green lawn people.

I don't complain when their dogs poop in my yard once in a while, either.
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