{floral friday}

{floral friday #56}

Happy {floral friday}!

Spring has finally sprung and the weather is getting nicer and nicer. Tuesday was especially nice with temperatures going up to the mid 70's. It also happened to be a holiday (Labor Day) here in Germany. Yay! So, the hubby and I took advantage the day off by going for a bike ride to enjoy the nice weather. We came by a field full of dandelions, that I couldn't just ride past without picking a few flowers. Of course I had to share! ;)

A few facts about dandelions:

  • All parts of the plant can be eaten.
  • Dandelions are rich in beta carotene, iron, calcium and vitamin A.
  • The white sap of the plant can be used to improve skin complexion and to help heal skin blemishes such as blisters. {source}
  • The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep.
  • The name dandelion is taken from the old French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves. {source}
  • An amusing dandelion fact - the French name for dandelion is "pis-en-lit" meaning wet-your-bed, so the French discourage young children from eating dandelion salads with their evening meal! {source}

I'm partying here! ♥

You Might Also Like

33 Comments

  • Reply
    Hanne Bente
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Great pictures you show.
    Wishing you a good weekend.
    Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

  • Reply
    Elisabeth Andrée
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Hello Vanessa,
    These are lovely photos, when I saw the first one my reaction was “WOW”. I love to pin it onto my Dandelion Board on Pinterest.
    Have a great weekend!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 08:20 PM

      Thank you for your sweet words, Andrée! :) Thanks for pinning them, too!!
      I hope you’re having a great weekend also!
      Hugs! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Sarah
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 01:48 PM

    My students love giving me bouquets of dandelions :)

  • Reply
    Jessica @ The Paper Plume
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 02:24 PM

    I just did a dandelion post too! I love all of your little factoids. A beautiful flower indeed.. Happy Friday! http://www.thepaperplume.com/2012/04/03/color-flower-card-dandelion/

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 08:22 PM

      Thank you so much, Jessica! I’m off to check out your blog and dandelion post! ;)
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Claire
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 03:19 PM

    Wow, you manage to make even dandelions look beautiful! I would appreciate these “flowers” much more if they hadn’t taken over my lawn.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 08:24 PM

      Thank you SO much, Claire! :D
      Ooh, I can imagine how easy they can take over your lawn.. The seeds spread so easily! It’s cute to have a few pops of yellow in the grass, though. ;)
      I hope you’re having a fun weekend!
      xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply
    Annika
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 04:51 PM

    I learned something new today! All my life before this day I always thought that the white milky stuff inside a dandelion stalk was poisonous! I don’t know why, Somebody must have told me that as a child.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 08:29 PM

      Haha! I know! I think they’re not really dangerous to eat, but are too bitter tasting to enjoy. I remember as a child after picking dandelions, when you get the milky stuff on your hands, how bitter it tasted when you accidentally came in contact with your mouth. Yuck! ;)
      Ha, I decided to reply in English today! ;)
      I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend, Annika!
      XO!

  • Reply
    Nana Diana
    Friday May 4th, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    When I was a kid my Mother could not wait for the greens to come ready in the Spring! She would blanch them and we would eat them with a bit of melted butter and a dash of vinegar. (I never liked them…lol) xo Diana

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 08:31 PM

      I have to admit that I have actually never eaten dandelions.. It does sound pretty good with melted butter and vinegar!
      Children have a different taste though. ;)
      XO! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Gwen
    Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 03:25 AM

    The poor dandelion is maligned as a weed over here… but I love her…

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 08:32 PM

      Ooh, I know. Especially in the suburbs where the lawn is cut to precision. ;) I do like the little poofs of yellow in the grass, though!
      I hope you’re doing well, Gwen!
      Hugs to you!

  • Reply
    Tina´s PicStory
    Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    so simpe and so lovely :) thanks for joining us at weekend flowers!

  • Reply
    Debra Kapellakis
    Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 07:22 PM

    I have always thought only the leaves. cool

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday May 5th, 2012 at 08:34 PM

      I’m not sure I would really eat the stems.. I remember the milky liquid being kinda bitter from when I was a child, picking dandelions in the yard. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by, Debra!
      xo! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Jessi
    Sunday May 6th, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Fantastic pictures! I like dandelions; they’re so simple and pretty. Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

  • Reply
    Jo-Anna
    Sunday May 6th, 2012 at 04:29 AM

    Such pretty photos! I love that you did a post on the Dandelion – they are such a pretty flower, and yet they are disliked by so many people – It think they’re great!
    Jo-Anna

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday May 6th, 2012 at 09:14 PM

      I’m so happy you can appreciate the flower as well, Jo-Anna!
      I can’t understand why anyone would consider them weed. ;)
      Have a wonderful remaining weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

  • Reply
    Erica
    Sunday May 6th, 2012 at 09:14 PM

    Lovely photos. The danelion facts were interesting too.

  • Reply
    Christine
    Wednesday May 9th, 2012 at 09:37 PM

    ”Les pisenlits” are in full bloom here too. They are usually all gone by end of June. Nothing worse than mowing your lawn and a few hours later up come the dandelions.. ughh hehe

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! :)

  • Reply
    Heather
    Wednesday May 9th, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    I love dandelions. I hate that they are considered a weed :(
    Thanks for linking up to our Sunday Round Up link party. Hope to see you again this weekend :)
    xoxo
    Heather

  • Reply
    Nicole@Classic-Hymns.com
    Friday May 11th, 2012 at 05:20 PM

    Dandelions are so pretty! Our little ones sure know how to appreciate them.

  • Reply
    petitehermine
    Sunday May 13th, 2012 at 03:54 AM

    Very cute! Definitely an overlooked plant :)

  • Leave a Reply