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I don’t like waste, so digging dandelions from the lawn last week got me thinking about the value of weeds. Dandelions are hardly the master of disguise, revealing their position in the lawn with brilliant yellow flowers. I used a long-bladed, old
place after dandelions and horsetail), and bindweed came 2nd to dandelions in northern England. Full results of our survey of weeds and other garden problems can be found in the August 2009 issue of Gardeners' World Magazine.
It's been difficult to choose my 2009 weed of the year. Butercups and daisies continue to compete with grass in my lawn, as do those lovely rosettes of plantain. Then there are the dandelions. Oh dear, this isn't making my lawn sound very good is it
provided carpets of gold for weeks, and my perennial wallflower 'Fragrant Sunshine' is also in bloom. My neighbour also has drifts of dwarf yellow snapdragons, and even the dandelions popping up in my lawn are yellow!Not that I'm complaining (not even about
. Again, they don't really have any flavour I could detect, but are fun to add to salads.And don't forget your weeds either. Dandelion flowers have a very distinct flavour. They're quite sweet when picked just as they open, and their golden petals go