Lions are the king of the jungle. Dandelions are the king of the fields and gardens. Everywhere. There’s no disputing the tenacity of these weeds. Their taproots go down to the devil’s doorstep, I swear. They have the sinewy strength of a champion arm wrestler on steroids. Yet how delicate and pretty are those seedheads? Pure fluffy white bobbles of loveliness. But those bobbles blow off and the seeds disseminate like crazy bananas into legions of dandelions. Dandelion control is one, long, exhausting battle. I concede that I will never win the war but try to preserve some space for other flowers, paid for with hard-earned money and planted with care and tenderness. I do make use of them so that their invasion and occupancy aren’t entirely one-sided though …. (cue Dr Evil maniacal laugh). I eat the leaves in salad (using ones from my back garden, far from petrol and diesel particulates) as they are tasty and have diuretic properties. I cut them with lovely full seedheads and give them a good shhuzzhh of hairspray and pop them in a teeny tiny teapot for display. They are very sweet and pretty and last for a year or so.
I refuse to use any form of chemical weed killer. Just more contamination. Read about Round Up and glyphosate here: It’s sad to read, almost daily, of how many species of ANYTHING – insects, spiders, fish, animals, etc, are on the endangered list. I try to do my bit to encourage some bio-diversity in my garden. Bee, butterfly and insect-friendly flowers and shrubs. I leave a small area uncultivated for ground-burrowing bees. There’s a small clump of nettles just for the butterflies to lay their eggs. We can all do simple things like this to help nature out a bit. Talking of butterflies, I was out shopping yesterday and was dismayed to see Home Store and More selling f***ing BUTTERFLY NETS. With so many butterfly populations in decline this store is selling nasty butterfly nets as toys for children. They are almost as soft as a plastic sieve. No butterfly will survive being caught in one but Home Store and More want to make some cheap change by selling them to kids for summer fun. Gah!
Changing the subject, last night I went to see the legendary and wonderful Jerry Fish:
Tremendous fun. The fan dancer was amazing. It was a great show and everyone came out feeling happier for it. We sang along, stood up in our seats and danced on the stage. Men hugged and danced together. Barriers and inhibitions were broken down so we could just have fun. Don’t get me wrong – this wasn’t a Roman orgy with naughty cameras upskirting togas or anything. Just fun. Let your hair down and dance like nobody’s watching type of fun. I wish every Saturday night was like that.
I have another bright spot, to look forward to – next week am going to see Further Ted and there’s to be a Lovely Girls Competition! I’ll be practicing my lovely laugh all week.
Anyhoo, right now I’m sitting here with a home made facepack (Rose Water and Glycerine, Castor Oil, Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth but sounds much more exotic in Hindi) with Aloe Vera gel and also a hair treatment made from Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, a drop or two of lemon oil and grapefruit oil, topped off with a Minnie Mouse shower cap. Very attractive! A contender for the Lovely Girls Competition???
Now for a good shower and shampoo. This party’s over. I’m going home.