Weeds are not so fine and dandy

In a week when everything in my garden with petals lies battered and woebegone, my thoughts turn to what’s thriving in this terrible summer - the pineapple lilies, the Hostas (foliage, not flowers) and an unprecedented crop of dandelions.

9th August, 2008

In a week when everything in my garden with petals lies battered and woebegone, my thoughts turn to what’s thriving in this terrible summer - the pineapple lilies, the Hostas (foliage, not flowers) and an unprecedented crop of dandelions.

Immortalised by the Rolling Stones, we can thank the dandelion for the oldest timepiece in the world. For centuries children have loved to tell the time by blowing away the seeds of the dandelion...

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