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Minnesota Horticulture: Wild Plants - Magnified Five Times

Updated on October 16, 2016

Look at My Weeds

The cockle burr. This is the weed that inspired Velcro.
The cockle burr. This is the weed that inspired Velcro. | Source

Our Lawn

Some may say that lawn needs to be green. Green, luscious grass, growing and clipped to a standard length at intervals.

True. This is a look at what I have been cutting down. Some are quite pretty. There is the clover, thistle, cockle burr, dandelions and many that I did not take the time to identify before I mulched them

My husband is the weed king. He is constantly driving his four wheeler around the yard with a sprayer filled with various types of weed control spray. We don't always agree on these matters.

Please Don't Cut the Grass and Pretty Flowers

Lawn mowers not welcome! Keep Out!
Lawn mowers not welcome! Keep Out! | Source

Green is Good

Green is wonderful and I love all the pretty wildflowers that grow in the grass. It is correct that to be civilized and give the impression that you care about your lawn's appearance that you must cut it now and again. Perhaps once a week.

However; I like to see the weeds grow tall and produce their natural flowers. I love to see the yellow buttercups and the rusty maroon colored Indian Paintbrushes.

I think the clover is pretty and I like the alfalfa leaves. The creeping Charlie has pretty purple flowers but I don't like the smell when they are cut.

Natural and Unfettered

Just green and all those wild flowers
Just green and all those wild flowers | Source

Making the Lawn Short

Short and sweet
Short and sweet | Source

Pretty and Colorful

Not sure what kind of flower it is, but pretty.
Not sure what kind of flower it is, but pretty. | Source

Up Close and Personal

Kinda cool, up close.
Kinda cool, up close. | Source

Pretty Purplish Flower

Love to pull the blossoms off and drink the nectar inside
Love to pull the blossoms off and drink the nectar inside | Source

Millions of Dandelions

These are edible The greens can be eaten like lettuce or steamed like spinach The yellow tops can be made into wine.
These are edible The greens can be eaten like lettuce or steamed like spinach The yellow tops can be made into wine. | Source

Using Farmall to Create Civilized Look

The 60 inch cut Farm All Belly Mower takes all my pretty flowers away
The 60 inch cut Farm All Belly Mower takes all my pretty flowers away | Source

Not Lawn But Pretty Anyways

Peeking through the boards of the fence
Peeking through the boards of the fence | Source

How About You

Do you like to leave the wild flowers or mow them off

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Uses for Dandelions

The greens are edible. Raw, like lettuce. Cooked, like spinach. The roots can be dried and used like a coffee or tea drink. The yellow tops make a dry, nutty flavored wine. There is a milky substance that is in the stems. Very bitter.


And You?

Have you eaten Dandelions?

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