Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Field of weedy dreams


No-spray zone
London, ON, May 2009


As we continue to explore this week's Thematic Photographic theme, spring has sprung (click here to share yours), it occurs to me that not all explosions of new post-winter life are welcome explosions. I've never really understood society's general aversion to dandelions, however. We call them weeds, for some odd reason, and in many jurisdictions we blast them into oblivion with noxious spraying that'll give our grandchildren extra limbs that come in especially handy at the grocery store.

But not in mine, as London now has a bylaw that bans most lawn chemicals. Which means scenes like this are pretty damn common these days. And as much as most folks around me whine incessantly about the fact that "the perfect lawn" is now but a memory, I can't help but stand before a limitlessly yellow field like this and think nature's managed to figure out what isn't welcome and what is.

Perfection's overrated, in my book.

Your turn: What's a weed, anyway? And who decides? And who elects those who decide?

One more thing: New TP theme launches Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. I'm still on the fence as to what that theme should be. If you have any suggestions, I'm all ears.

9 comments:

dennisthemennis.co.uk said...

its funny you should say that, me and sha (my wife) argue all the time as she wanders the garden zapping what she calls weeds and call wild flowers. Dandelions are indeed flowers!

Did you know dandelions are a good companion for tomato plants?

Twain12 said...

this is how i feel about Dandelions.
I live surrounded by woods and see so many Wildflowers (weeds ?), i think they are all beautiful

Twain12 said...

sorry, link was not working
http://throughthelense-twain12.blogspot.com/2010/04/ode-to-dandelions-or-why-i-shouldnt-cut.html

Tabor said...

Well, as you know one man's weed is another's dandelion. I like the name dandelion...so interesting. Must look that up.

Pearl said...

I'm with you. Dandelions are lovely. Ottawa has a pesticide ban so their crop is big this year.

kenju said...

IMO, a field of dandelions is beautiful! The teller they are, the more they sway in the wind.

Diane said...

If it weren't for the dandelions in our yard, my 3 year old daughter wouldn't have anything to bring me and say, "Look, Mommy! I found you the perfect flower."

A couple of months ago, scientists in a closed lab proved that a chemical used as weed killer caused some male frogs to turn into female frogs. Not just act like females, they turned into females and reproduced. If it's doing that to frogs, what is it doing to our little boys? To us? I wish chemicals would be banned everywhere.

bobbie said...

I'm so glad your neighborhood bans those chemicals. Wish they all did. And I love dandelions, and many other "weeds".

David said...

I dig them out by hand, each year, and have filled LARGE boxes with them. my mother thinks they are nice.
This year I may let her have her wish... a whole slew of them blooming... I may even give them some fertilizer.
Mom is in a steeper decline than ever... i am holding up