This year, well , spring , on my walks I have seen a lot of daisies, dandelions and daffodils. I have seen gardens , fields and roadsides covered with the white and yellow of these flowers and weeds.
When I think of Dandelions it always brings to mind the pub “Daley’s Dandelion” in Liverpool , which I visited once or twice and the name has always stuck.
This is the first Vocal post that I have done on my laptop from a holiday cottage in Thirsk , so the keyboard is a little different and the space bar is not that reliable making typing slightly unreliable , but if you see this published you will know that I can still use it.
Anyway back to the subject of Dandelions , basically they are weeds and can spread very quickly so I do try to cull them from my lawn. They are colourful and brighten up any plain area, and are also good for bees, which are very important in keeping this world going, but I try to keep other bee friendly options while keeping the Dandelions off my patch.
I also have daisies but mowing the lawn keeps them down and they are not as viciously predatory as dandelions are. Having said that, Daffodils seem almost as prevalent as dandelions but as they are classed as flowers , they are ok to flourish , although I don’t actually have any in my front or back garden.
Dandelions are rich in both pollen and nectar, providing a great source of food for pollinators. Each bright yellow head contains around 100 individual flowers, meaning bees, butterflies and hoverflies flock to them, feasting on their goodness. This make be very ambivalent about pulling them up, I would love to leave them but they will spread and just take over any area where they are not checked.
Daisies and Daffodils are nowhere near as predatory , but all these provide nourishment for the bees and brighten up our day with the colour.
Reading further it seems that bees go for dandelions when there is nothing else available, so keeping trees and other plants (like maybe daffodils) will be beneficial to bees. It's a balancing act, and if you get rid of dandelions itis good to have other plants that the bees can get pollen from.
Pollination is the way in which plants, especially food plants grow and thrives , and the bees are the pollinators and need to be encouraged and looked after. If there was no pollination no food would grow, and it’s pretty simple to draw a conclusion from that.
Almost everything we eat is instigated directly of indirectly by pollination. You may eat meat, but the animals that provide that meat probably eat plants , and plants need to be pollinated, and of course if you are vegan then all you eat will be pollinated at some point.
So dandelions, daffodils and daisies provide both sustenance to the pollinators, the bees, and allow the bees to pollinate between plants thus enabling them to grow. Pollination is an essential part of plant reproduction. Pollen from a flower's anthers (the male part of the plant) rubs or drops onto a pollinator. The pollinator then take this pollen to another flower, where the pollen sticks to the stigma (the female part). The fertilized flower later yields fruit and seeds, so that’s how it works.
Bees can be a little frightening if they are cornered , but if you get one in your house try and direct it to an open window or door. They are essential to human existence.
Music wise we have to go with "Chicken Payback” by The Bees, an absolutely great single.
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