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The Commonest Weed


Our first dandelions appeared on May 6th, after the violets in the lawn. This seemed early to me. After a very long winter, spring is arriving in a rush.

It is the dandelion I was thinking of when I named my website and blog. Although it is the scourge of those who strive for fine turf lawns, I look at it’s cheerful face and see a reflection of the warm which I have been longing for.

In addition, because of its jagged leaves the name refers to the teeth of the lion – dent de lion – and I am a Leo. I like to think I have my leonine moments, majestic and roaring, but I rarely show my teeth.

Huzzahs to the common dandelion.

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