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Kentucky Color - Complexity and Beauty
Writer stands up for one of nature's most beautiful, useful plants
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry
How can a flower of this complexity and beauty be so severely hated, feared and embattled?
Dandelion is one of the most prolific flowering plants in our area. It has bloomed every month during this most mild of winters. It has welcomed Spring with a more than tantalizing yellow hew over hill and dale.
In addition to its immense beauty the young tender leaves are great in a salad, the more mature leaves can be boiled to make greens and many folks like the blooms breaded and fried.
I for one vote that we end our rabid efforts to eradicate Dandelion from our manicured monocultured lawns and embrace it as the Prince embraced Cinderella and delivered her from the throes of her wicked step-sisters. - Billy Joe Fudge
This story was posted on 2012-03-30 05:06:58
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