…and it grew.
I present minnow daffodils:
This is nothing short of miraculous. My friend Josie gave me these tiny little bulbs last fall – they were surplus that she didn’t have room for in her Brooklyn community garden. I put them in the ground and then, voila! They poked through the ground, they bloomed, they brought immeasurable joy. I don’t know if the soil is especially fertile around here this year, or if I have my 3G gardening gloves to thank (though I only got those recently…) BUT what a satisfying feeling.
Truthfully, these aren’t the only beauties I can take credit for this year. I’d also like to present this handsome specimen…
If you’re not familiar with this exotic flower, it is a dandelion (pronounced dan-dee-lie-un) a.k.a. Taraxacum from the Asteraceae family. I am proud to say that I had a huge crop of these all over our yard! Here’s how I did it:
1. First, I picked all kinds of these funny-looking puffy things:
2. Then, I blew on them, making sure to blow in the same direction of the wind.
3. I watched the seeds fly through the air in a beautiful, swirly arc.
4. Finally, the seeds settled into the grass.
5. I waited a year, and, sure enough, every single one of these seeds took hold. Pure magic.
I know this sounds complicated but I am sure that you, too, can plant your own impressive crop of Taraxacum. In fact, this is a technique I taught myself and perfected as a very young child. I could never understand why my dad didn’t approve: he was otherwise so supportive.
Did you plant anything new this year? How’d that work out?
Note on the above: Josie actually gave me three other kinds of bulbs – pickwick crocus, guinea hens, and peacock orchids – but they have not made an appearance. I suspect squirrels. Either squirrels or gardener incompetence. You be the judge.