Monday, 20 April 2009

Dandy Lion


While I love gardening, I would say I am a lazy gardener. I have planted lots of things over the six years we have been here and the garden looks very pretty at the moment with lots of tulips, geraniums emerging, and the promise of alliums and honeysuckle to come. But the weeds! They are mainly dandelions and I do like them but they are taking over! Today I invented a form of crisis management gardening which consisted of going round taking the heads off of as many as I could, before they can go to seed and spread their kind even further. (I love the seedheads but in the name of gardening!) I know I should have dug them up but when time is limited I would rather spend it doing other things, and as I said, I am lazy! So, I went round destroying the dandelions, off with their heads. It was surprisingly fun, and did you know, the stem makes a great noise as it is detached? A kind of popping-due to their hollowness I should think. Try it, it is a great sound!

I did save a few, playing house by putting them in a pretty jug. They are outside again now though. As I was drawing I noticed a big juicy greenfly wobbling around. I worry about getting them on the few house plants we have.
I want to make a Dandy Lion paper doll and enjoyed a bit of relaxing sketching.
I'm sure tomorrow I will go out and see many more popping their heads up. I should eat the leaves shouldn't I? I have never tried them but perhaps I will. I will let you know!

11 comments:

Anairam said...

What a clever Dandy Lion you've made!
We also have a lot of dandelions in our lawn, although ours seem rather more weedy (no pun intended) than yours, and they wilt almost immediately when you pick them. They do look so pretty in the grass though that I've relented and let them be. Didn't know one could eat the leaves - are they good in salads? Let us know, please!

Candace said...

Here we have a clear case of art imitating life! Well done. I have all sorts of weeds out and about that are so nice I don't care to destroy them totally, either.
Let us know about the salad but do. be. careful.

Liz said...

Hey Sarah! Love all of your drawings. Can't deal well with weeds. I am lazy gardner too sometimes. I usually get out the weed killer spray... LOL!

Janine said...

So cute Sarah!

MizKatie said...

i love your dandy lion sketch. very creative!!

Shell said...

I know they are considered weeds, I do love my Dandelions. And I also dig your Dandy Lion. He is quite cute.
I never seen the Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth. I'm going to rent it soon. I've heard marvelous things about it and how it is faithful to the book.

Di said...

Oh how clever and creative. I love Dandy Lion! Love your sketches. x

blackeyedsuzie said...

Your photos of Hastings and the beach make me so nostalgic for English beaches...lovely!

Helen McCookerybook said...

The best thing about dandelions is their name! I always thought it would be nice to be called Dandelion and it was tempting to call one of the girls that name, but it would have been a bit mean as whichever one would feel as though they were a weed and not a precious flower!

Anne said...

Hi, Sarah! Sounds like you had a dandy day! I love how your gardening inspired a bunch of art! :-)

Renee said...

Sarah a dandy lion doll. It could only be made by you.

We all love my girls. Just in case you are wondering they are quite happy and are at this very moment learning a Canadian folk dance.

Love Renee xoxo