Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dents de lion

This little vase I got from a wedding in 1977.
I like it a lot  cause it's a cutie pie.
I like everything that's cutie pies. lol
Google plus .
It seems it's not good for security.
So I think I will pass on joining it.

My lawn has soft silky dandelions.
In French it means Lions tooth. (dents de lion)
I am sure the name comes from the leaf as opposed to from the flower itself
The leaf looks like blades of a giant saw, typically used to cut tress such as the one below.
I sat smelling them and they smelled delightful and left a lingering aroma inside my nostrils.
Maybe I will try to see if I can make perfume out of them.
  A gift of this flower to a loved one, will provide happiness and is a promise of total faithfulness.

 In as much as I love yellow, I don't like them taking over green grass.
I also don't like chemicals that will kill them.
So ......what to do??

I looked up some recipes and you can make tasty fritters from the yellow flower heads.

The leaves are soo good for you in salads.
They are rich in vitamins.
They also help with urinary tract infections.

No wonder I have so many bunnies and  the Italians grow them in their vegetable gardens.

The white milk in the stem, is good to get rid of moles on your skin.

I have a mole I'd like to try it on and see if it works. lol

For everything there is a purpose under heaven. :)

When I was a kid my Dad gave me a tool and said go to it kid and I spent summers digging out
the roots of these plants from our yard. Guess my Dad also didn't like chemicals,
or maybe he was just trying to find jobs for me to do to keep me out of trouble.
In any event I aerated the ground doing this job.
I became quite adept at pulling these roots out  lol
I also loved to make my parents happy.
My Dad was a lot easier to please than my Mom was.
I wonder how many parents today can get their kids to do something like this.?
Not many.
It's good for you to do stuff like this.

Looking at all the little yellow heads I think how good it would be
to have a few  kids around here lol

or a goat.

This tree with all the knots from cut branches was gorgeous.

The only thing I can't figure out is why they always plant them right beside
power lines. Then they have to spend tons of money chopping them.
This poor tree was left with only a few low branches and the rest were left
on the other side of the tree so they don't break and fall on the power lines.
We drove down streets and paid attention to the new trees the city planted along roads and sure enough
they did exactly the same thing.
 Now so much work will have to be done each year to maintain them.
Makes one wonder where efficiency went?
Or maybe this is part of the job creation program lol



Lorna said...

Maybe the power lines went up after the trees were planted and growing. :-)

A Lady's Life said...

Lorna No because they are doing the same thing again with young trees, planting them under power

Magia da Inês said...

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♪♫ Boa semana!
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A Lady's Life said...

boa semena magia!

Akelamalu said...

I love yellow too but dandelions in my lawn just HAVE to go. I'll be interested to hear if the root milk of the dandelion works on your mole, do let us know. :)

Lydia Kang said...

I always loved the origin of the Dandelion's name. I just let them grow in my lawn. Better than using nasty chemicals to kill them off.

A Lady's Life said...

Akelamalu - I picked some but they had no milk in them . When you don't want it it's there and when you do the stalks are empty lol
We cut them down yesterday when we mowed the lawn I didn't wait for the pretty white heads to blow more seeds but my neighbor has a lot in his yard.
This morning the grass is all frosty.
We just don't know anymore what to expect.

A Lady's Life said...

Lydia I say the same thing. Our lawn is lush green and grows like crazy.
As long as you cut the grass often, it should be fine.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

I love the little vase ... and yes dandelions - you can do amazing things with them .. including making wine - I shall remember that Lions Teeth!

Cheers Hilary

A Lady's Life said...

Hilary they have a lot of uses. lol