Let me ask you something…. What do you love about nature? The trees, forest, animals, the ocean. Can you even narrow it down to one thing? From time to time I am able to widdle my love of nature to one single thing. Right now, it’s dandelions. I am obsessed with them.
My love of nature began at an early age. It was something I found on my own. My family didn't do nature! Maybe, the beach. MAYBE! But, my curiosity and nature won. Whew!
As a little adventurous girl, I would gather the neighborhood kids and lead them on nature walks. Which wasn’t easy living in a town that had very few outdoor spaces. On these walks, I would encourage my pack to touch, smell and even eat leaves, berries and other foliage. Most of which I had no idea what they were and might have been poisonous! I had no idea that these adventures would set the tone for the rest of my life.
I offer monthly Full Moon Gatherings on Silver Sands Beach in Milford, CT. While prepping for the event, I remembered those walks and how we’d create Dandelion Crowns. I decided to make Dandelion crowns at the event.
As I walked around gathering the Dandelions, asking permission first of course, I found them to be absolutely beautiful and saddened by the bad wrap they have. I needed to understand more about them.
Here’s what is so magical about Dandelions:
Around the globe dandelions symbolize happiness, simple joys, good companions and the presence of our inner child who often forgets to play.
Dandelions are a welcome ( in my opinion) sign of spring and one that makes us smile.
Dandelions are wanderers and yet have incredibly staying power. Their seeds can travel up to five miles and flower longer than many other plants in their environments.
The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.
Dandelions open to greet the sun in the morning and closes in the night to sleep with the moon.
Dandelions are delicious, medisional and nutritious. The entire flower is useful.
They are also sort of sassy. Did you know that when you mow a dandelion they grow shorter stalks, kinda a floral FU.
So, before you pull these “weeds” get to know these flowers and rediscover their power.