Dandelion, aha. One morning I was driving on McMaster Avenue (Town of Aurora) near the hydro lines and I noticed a beautiful and healthy as ever field full of dandelions. One might think we had a very harsh and damaging winter and yet here is this beautiful field filled with healthy blooming flowers. However, we must not forget that it was the snow that fell first and then there was rain and then freezing temperatures. So everything below the sheet of ice and the blanket of snow on the ground was well protected with lots of moisture. Everything above the snow and sheet of ice nearly got destroyed by the ice. Many trees around the town got damaged. The ice storm definitely left an imprint .
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A weed is what we choose to call it. Grass can be a weed in my backyard as it is constantly trying to grow between our patio stones. I grew up with dandelions and they never really bothered us and they never really bothered our parents. Dandelions are seasonal and they will go away eventually. However, this may be a good time for the Town of Aurora to start cutting grass with dandelion heads just closed. Believe it or not these beautiful yellow heads will soon turn into dandelion puffs resulting in a lot of puffing and coughing among people due to allergies.
“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” – Doug Larson
Not just dandelions came back healthy as ever. Our front yard is filled with red maple seedlings. Obviously they were stored in a perfect environment for that many to germinate on our front lawn. Will they survive? Who knows. We had a few before and they never did.
Anna Lozyk Romeo, Editor’s Notes
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