The Dandelion

Anything that wants to share a pot with three cacti is OK by me. But I'm not watering it any extra.

Anything that wants to share a pot with three cacti is OK by me. But I’m not watering it any extra.

In spite of my best efforts, I do not have a green thumb. I used to joke that I had a Black Thumb Of Death, but I seem to have outgrown it. Now I possess a gardening thumb of Brown and Wilting.

To be fair, my gardening efforts are mainly limited to a handful of potted plants on our patio. The pots probably aren’t big enough. The drought isn’t helping either. We were given a spider plant as a housewarming gift when we first moved into the apartment which has been quietly languishing ever since: a few days ago I took a closer look at it and realized that the leaves had gone pale- the color of minty toothpaste- instead of the dark green-and-white stripes they were supposed to be. I didn’t realize that plants could go pale. This one seemed to manage it.

The only plant that seems to be flourishing is The Dandelion.

There is only one. It somehow managed to plant itself in a corner pot dedicated to a variety of cacti that I inherited from one of the guys on the landscaping crew. I probably should have uprooted it as soon as I saw it, but the cactus pot was stashed in a corner of the patio that was pretty difficult to reach and I didn’t really feel like rooting around in a cactus pot with bare hands anyway. I figured that I would let it grow until it was tall enough that I could reach it and I’d uproot it then.

So the plant grew- I didn’t know it was a dandelion until it flowered (it actually might be a Sow Thistle but I still think of it as a dandelion)- and I kept making excuses not to pull it. Too hard to reach. Not really causing trouble. Too much of a hurry.

By the time I did finally identify it as a dandelion it was almost waist high: a robust weed indeed. The bigger it got the less I wanted to uproot it: it was the only thing flourishing on its own, after all. And I’ve always had a soft spot for the dandelion- a resourceful and versatile plant with lots of uses and a bad reputation. It was a weed, but I had to admire a plant with so much perseverance in the face of suburban lawn culture.

So needless to say, The Dandelion is now more or less a permanent part of the patio garden.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on July 25, 2014.

One Response to “The Dandelion”

  1. Nice post. It made me smile. when you start to call it The Dandelion, you know you’ve either developed respect or attachment.

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