Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Favorite Flowers

My Favorite flowers are popping up all over the place.  I love seeing fields full of dandelions and I have always been genuinely baffled by their lowly, hateful weed status.  Theses humble, tough, nutritious and beautiful dandelions are also one of the most important early food sources for honeybees in the Northeast.  Many hives exhaust their food supplies in March or April and often starve to death mere days before food becomes available.  Dandelions provide a desperately needed early source of nectar and pollen.  The nectar is made into honey and mixed with pollen to produce bee-bread which is fed to young bees as they grow.  These little weeds are often the difference between life and death.  Just as long as no one sprays poison on them. 

"They taste good too.  Yum!"


  1. they are also great for your horses. They were the only thing that kept Sandy alive at one point. Dandelions are great for ridding the body of toxins

  2. Oh, yeah, horse candy! Bring it on!

  3. Little did I know about Dandelions. I think I read that they were imported from Eastern Europe because they were a favorite food for some of the immigrants.