Coronavirus Diary 49 – A thing of beauty

Traditionally gardens are meant to be a thing of beauty but when I started working on mine, there was nothing beautiful about it.

Now there is a lawn and a patio and a little though empty raised bed for herbs and vegetables but on my nighty patrol with the watering can to keep the lawn going in our 3 month long warm and sunny drought I came across a thing of beauty.

Dandelion

A dandelion seed head

Though traditionally for many good purposes, few these days want to see too many of these weeds but it is it not the most beautiful weed or thing that you’ve seen all day?

Normally the non-gardeners amongst us would blow the delicate seed head out and make a wish but I know my lawn will soon enough have weeds making their presence known without any help from me.

Traditionally the whole dandelion plant can be eaten as with their similarly unloved weedy friends, Nettles, are full of goodness and been used for centuries as medicine as well as nutrition.

In the British Isles one of the most traditional drinks is Dandelion and Burdock which is made from the roots of both of these plants and occupies a similar though longer-lived place in our culture as Root beer has in North America.  I’ve never had Root beer but I’m quite a fan of Dandelion and Burdock.

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About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 49 – A thing of beauty

  1. What a relaxing scene. Andy tole me he used to drink this all the time back in Kent. Noe he drinks rootbeer and he loves it. He says we should send you a sample so you can see for yourself how great it is. Hmmm
    I so well remember the beautiful fluffy dandelions. My grammy had all us kids making wishes and blowing into er field. Now I know she was having us planting her next crop of salad fixens and the drink she make for grandpa. My grandparents had a dairy farm I just loved. All the smells, the orchard full of apples. Great memories there.

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  2. It looks amazing your backyard Stephen, what an achievement. I have never tried Dandelion and Burdock when I was in the UK now I really wish I did!

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