Dandelions Can Tell If You Like Butter
thats what my sister would say when she held the yellow flower under my chin. if you can see yellow there on the throat that means you like butter she explained. the sunlight would always make a golden glow on my skin reflected off the dandelion. i learned about all the flowers in the woods and fields around where i grew up from my eldest sister. i never thought much about gardening, ever, until i moved into my first house and it came with a perennial garden. im not the kind of person to go out and get books or investigate on the internet before i start a new project. im very hands-on. i got my crappy shoes on and just pulled out things from the beds that i knew were weeds but there were so many i wasnt sure of. i let them grow a while and decided whether or not to pull it out after i saw what it grew into. i ended up with a lot of plants people would call weeds. but i just couldnt pull them up. i had an area at the back where i let the dandelions live and they lived! i grew the biggest dandelions youve ever seen. when they turned white i would take the top off so they wouldnt spread everywhere. i also grew clover in an area under a birch tree and it was so beautiful and delicate looking. tiny yellow and white flowers that looked stunning in the spring. one neighbour asked me if i was growing it to eat. apparently its good. after 15 years my garden became quite extraordinary. i got a number of compliments on it. it was wild and beautiful to me.