The dandelions have achieved full bloom in the back yard. Each year, I set aside one day in early spring to wallow in them. This year’s goal – enough petals to brew the annual batch of dandelion wine, with extras to try making dandelion bread. First, I spent a couple of hours crawling around the lawn with a large, clean bucket, picking as many as I could. Next, I set up camp on the back deck with plenty of beverages, and my iPad logged in to Amazon Prime to keep me company.  Time to clean those flowers.

It’s a beautiful day!

I aim for perfection. NO green whatsoever in the petals. The green parts are bitter. My special method of achieving this is to pick up a flower, hold the hard green bulgy cylinder under the flower between my thumb and index finger, and press-twist the flower. This detaches the petals from the green parts of the flower, and I can pluck them out easily.

Soft, fluffy petals!

This process takes hours. And a lot of patience. That is why Dandelion Day only comes but once a year. After two hours, this is what I collected in my big green bowl.

About a fifth of what I intend to collect.

Eventually, the green bowl was filled – by then I was in such a twist-and-pluck trance I forgot to take any more pictures.

And finally, the closing ceremonies for Dandelion Day. A Wizard performs a special spell from the book of John Deere, and all the remaining dandelions vanish into the mists.

 

It’s Dandelion Day!
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Lori Alden Holuta


Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.


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2 thoughts on “It’s Dandelion Day!

  1. Watching you patiently twist and pluck those little flowers for hours and hours is a study in perseverance. But the results, both the sweet, smooth wine and the delicious bread, are proof that it’s worth doing… once a year. So sayeth the Lawn Wizard.

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