Monday, May 6, 2013

Free Flowers

Dandelions - children's first and most favourite flower. photo DANDYLION.jpg

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My buddies, like many children, adore dandelions.  How fortunate it has been that our city has banned the use of herbicides, allowing these bright yellow blossoms to grow with wild abandon in parks, along city pathways and in all but the most well manicured lawns.  Since spring has sprung we have taken note of all the beautiful flowers growing in our flower gardens and those of the neighbours. We've planted flowers of our own, in pots and along the fence.  As the flowers sprout and bloom my buddies have been caring for the little flowers and plants.  Of course, even though it's tempting, they are instructed not to pick the flowers.  

With the garden flowers being off-limits, it leaves the dandelions.  These they are allowed to pick without restraint.  Pulling handfuls at a time, both in bloom and fluffy seeded state.  They love presenting their dandelions to me, or saving them for their moms at the end of the day.  (Although by then, they've always wilted and have been mostly forgotten.)

Flower for Grandma photo Daimonwithflower.jpg

We have planted some of the seeds we collected, too. 

Dandelion Seedlings photo IMG_0109_1.jpg
What better way to show my buddies how flowers turn to seeds and then how those little bits of fluffy seeds grow?  Making wishes while blowing the fluff away is just a little bit of magic for everyone.

We've also painted with dandelions themselves.  Using the flower heads as stamps in the bright paint.

Painting with Dandelions photo DandelionPainting.jpg

We love our pretty garden flowers, but my buddies think these ones are dandy!

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