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(STV.tv)   To the annoyance of both homeowners, new species of dandelion discovered on remote island in Outer Hebrides   (news.stv.tv) divider line 18
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2012-07-01 09:43:54 AM
Had a vacation in the Highlands and Islands last month, so getting a kick out of the article.

/No homeowners out on St Kilda for a while now. Just military and some preserve workers.
 
2012-07-01 09:47:44 AM
When I lived in Belgium my mother in law visited and taught the kids how to blow the fuzzy ones and watch the seeds float throughout the yard.

I went from a yard that I was close to erradicating them to a yard that turned white and then yellow. I once put down weed and feed and watched my entire yard turn to brown, then dirt and then with all the rain we got...mud. Tried grass seed and watched my yard turn to dandelions the next summer.

I told my boys that Grandma got run over by a reindeer was about her. They asked her about Cousin Mel and egg nog every year at Christmas until they were 8 or 9. They still joke with her about it.

She lives in Vegas now and doesn't have a blade of grass in her yard. All rocks.
 
2012-07-01 10:07:11 AM

Tanukis_Parachute: When I lived in Belgium my mother in law visited and taught the kids how to blow the fuzzy ones and watch the seeds float throughout the yard.

I went from a yard that I was close to erradicating them to a yard that turned white and then yellow. I once put down weed and feed and watched my entire yard turn to brown, then dirt and then with all the rain we got...mud. Tried grass seed and watched my yard turn to dandelions the next summer.

I told my boys that Grandma got run over by a reindeer was about her. They asked her about Cousin Mel and egg nog every year at Christmas until they were 8 or 9. They still joke with her about it.

She lives in Vegas now and doesn't have a blade of grass in her yard. All rocks.


I know, who wants to look at flowers?
 
2012-07-01 10:08:26 AM
When I reasd the headline, THIS popped into my head right away.



/ Norm McLaren FTW
 
2012-07-01 10:09:46 AM
"read" the headline, sigh
 
2012-07-01 10:22:32 AM
Can someone tell my why dandelions aren't found all over the freaking world?
I'm amazed that there aren't any here in Southern China or in South East Asia. They would certainly be able to grow here. And all it would take is one seed stuck on one traveler's shoe.
 
2012-07-01 10:24:19 AM
charlieBrownDandelionCoveredPitchersMound.gif

/The inerwebs has failed me, or my google-fu
//dandelions are flowers
///weeds are just flowers growing where you don't want them
////stop hating on flowers
//still ok to hate crabgrass though
 
2012-07-01 10:39:08 AM
I just bought a house and the previous owner was a complete retard when it came to home care or yard care. He shaved the yard whenever he would mow and managed to kill most of the grass, now it's mostly dandelion or clover with a few bits of grass still surviving. I don't really plan on fixing it, I don't mind dandelions and I think clover flowers are kind of pretty. I'm sure my neighbors will hate me for this as they have nothing but grass in their yards and at the darkest green I've ever seen. I really just don't want to spend money maintaining grass, between the fertilizer, seed, mowing, it gets expensive, also it isn't good for the environment whereas dandelions and clover will provide me with ground cover for free, grow slower, and give me flowers.
 
2012-07-01 10:44:13 AM

Girion47: I just bought a house and the previous owner was a complete retard when it came to home care or yard care. He shaved the yard whenever he would mow and managed to kill most of the grass, now it's mostly dandelion or clover with a few bits of grass still surviving. I don't really plan on fixing it, I don't mind dandelions and I think clover flowers are kind of pretty. I'm sure my neighbors will hate me for this as they have nothing but grass in their yards and at the darkest green I've ever seen. I really just don't want to spend money maintaining grass, between the fertilizer, seed, mowing, it gets expensive, also it isn't good for the environment whereas dandelions and clover will provide me with ground cover for free, grow slower, and give me flowers.


I live in the middle of the woods, but there is a small patch of yard. However, I'm also next to a stream and a lake. As as a result, I don't put anything on the yard. It has matured into a rather dense covering of grasses and mosses with a few weeds. My philosophy is that if it's green and it feels good under bare feet, it's a lawn.... keep it long, but neatly trimmed and weed-wacked around the edges and it's fine.
 
2012-07-01 10:55:27 AM

sinanju: Girion47: I just bought a house and the previous owner was a complete retard when it came to home care or yard care. He shaved the yard whenever he would mow and managed to kill most of the grass, now it's mostly dandelion or clover with a few bits of grass still surviving. I don't really plan on fixing it, I don't mind dandelions and I think clover flowers are kind of pretty. I'm sure my neighbors will hate me for this as they have nothing but grass in their yards and at the darkest green I've ever seen. I really just don't want to spend money maintaining grass, between the fertilizer, seed, mowing, it gets expensive, also it isn't good for the environment whereas dandelions and clover will provide me with ground cover for free, grow slower, and give me flowers.

I live in the middle of the woods, but there is a small patch of yard. However, I'm also next to a stream and a lake. As as a result, I don't put anything on the yard. It has matured into a rather dense covering of grasses and mosses with a few weeds. My philosophy is that if it's green and it feels good under bare feet, it's a lawn.... keep it long, but neatly trimmed and weed-wacked around the edges and it's fine.


There's also the fact that I have a very shallow ditch in the backyard that drains straight to a storm sewer that empties into the Ohio River that keeps me from putting any kind of herbicide or pesticide on the lawn. Fertilizers are often overused as well and only destroy the oxygen content of waterways, so I'm avoiding those as well. What I'm hoping to do is plant phlox and hopefully it'll take over a large portion of my yard. phlox is awesome.
 
2012-07-01 11:50:04 AM
csb, just because I'm still bitter about it:
Our seventh grade teacher brought in this old geezer to show his slide show of his trip to Ireland or Scotland or whatever to a captive audience. Boring, as you might expect. The last picture was of a typical house, sidewalk, front yard, well kept. He asked us what was unusual about the picture. Some people guessed, just to keep to show moving. No, no, no, no, what's unusual about it? It was like a drum solo - maybe it was five minutes but it seemed like 25. Finally, the reveal! There's no dandelions in the yard! They don't have dandelions over there! Urge to kill.
 
2012-07-01 12:16:13 PM
I still don't understand why sometime in the 50's dandelions became bad weeds. They're good plants! They're hardy and healthy and nutritious. The roots can be dried, roasted and ground to make a coffee substitute, similar to chicory
 
2012-07-01 12:22:05 PM

Saberus Terras: I still don't understand why sometime in the 50's dandelions became bad weeds. They're good plants! They're hardy and healthy and nutritious. The roots can be dried, roasted and ground to make a coffee substitute, similar to chicory


they can also be used to make a dye.
 
2012-07-01 12:33:29 PM

Girion47: Saberus Terras: I still don't understand why sometime in the 50's dandelions became bad weeds. They're good plants! They're hardy and healthy and nutritious. The roots can be dried, roasted and ground to make a coffee substitute, similar to chicory

they can also be used to make a dye.


Let's keep this in the real world, and not in Minecraft. :P
 
2012-07-01 01:08:45 PM

Beta Tested: Tanukis_Parachute: When I lived in Belgium my mother in law visited and taught the kids how to blow the fuzzy ones and watch the seeds float throughout the yard.

I went from a yard that I was close to erradicating them to a yard that turned white and then yellow. I once put down weed and feed and watched my entire yard turn to brown, then dirt and then with all the rain we got...mud. Tried grass seed and watched my yard turn to dandelions the next summer.

I told my boys that Grandma got run over by a reindeer was about her. They asked her about Cousin Mel and egg nog every year at Christmas until they were 8 or 9. They still joke with her about it.

She lives in Vegas now and doesn't have a blade of grass in her yard. All rocks.

I know, who wants to look at flowers?


Or eat tasty dandelion greens while sipping refreshing dandelion wine?
 
2012-07-01 03:32:58 PM
I've never played Minecraft.
 
2012-07-01 04:36:40 PM
It's the beginning of a drug epidemic!
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2012-07-01 11:28:35 PM

Saberus Terras: I still don't understand why sometime in the 50's dandelions became bad weeds. They're good plants! They're hardy and healthy and nutritious. The roots can be dried, roasted and ground to make a coffee substitute, similar to chicory


And the leaves are edible: high in vitamin C. I mix them in my salads.
 
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