dandelions revisited

the dandelions are up. and unlike our imacculately green-lawned next door neighbor, the first emotion i feel these days when i see dandelions, is relief: “oh thank heavens the bees will have some nectar to sip. it’s been so long since they have had any flowers to visit.” i don’t think the same thought occurs to my neighbor, inside his noise cancelling headphones, as he manically leaf blows his driveway, and powers his tractor over a perfect, weed-free, bee-free lawn.

dandelion stems

saint paul, minnesota

  • Lisa says:

    I love dandelions so much! We have a bunch growing in our garden. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get around to frying the flowers and sautéing the greens. Don’t worry…there are still plenty for the bees. :) I keep trying to convince my dad to keep his, but that’s not going to happen unfortunately. :)

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  • Susan says:

    Dandelions were the first flowers my son gave to me. I’ll always love them!

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  • I agree with you completely, and here’s yet another reason: I never wanted my children to play on a lawn that was sprayed with poisons. These chemicals have been associated with increased cancer rates in children. And dandelions are beautiful!

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gathering . . . my thoughts

i spent yesterday gathering and sorting spring branches by shade of green, because what i was supposed to be doing was gathering my thoughts about a talk i’m giving this morning, but thinking about my talk made me anxious, and so i didn’t think about it, but gathered greenery instead. so if you are in the mood to offer moral support, i will be giving a talk about STILL blog, and earning a place at the creative table, this morning, april 23, at an event called “the collective,” in minneapolis.  if you are reading this over your morning coffee, and you are local, come say hi. it’s a free event, and i’d love to meet the analog you, as much as i’ve come to appreciate your digital self. the details are here.

assorted spring bud-bursts

saint paul, minnesota

  • Lisa says:

    Wish I could come, but I’m not in the Midwest. :( You’ll do great!

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    • Dede says:

      In California, but as far as I am concerned, you set the bar for creativity. Wish I cold be there!

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purple reign

we lost a local giant today. the artist formerly known as “the artist formerly known as prince,” died in his minneapolis home too young and too early. the whole city is dancing in the streets as i write this, and the 35w bridge is lit up purple. these lavender raspberry canes are as close as STILL blog can reasonably come to a tribute.

raspberry canes with young leaves

saint paul, minnesota

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marimekko for STILL

i don’t think this looks much like marimekko, but it sort of looks like marimekko. meanwhile target has just launched a marimekko by target line of marimekko products and i have just mentioned target and marimekko several times. i fully expect to wake up to martha stewart level internet traffic to my blog. martha stewart. martha stewart. marthat stewart.

daffodils

saint paul, minnesota

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jumping the rails

i have about a half dozen trails i rotate through on my daily walks. i don’t rotate through them in order, rather i pick one each day based on such factors as whether i need shade, or a wind block , or how much foot traffic there might be. my friend kristin often accompanies me, and about a week ago she started making noise about the need for “a change of scenery”. i thought to myself, you go ahead, i am super happy with my obscure little trails where i can let jack the puggle go off leash. but today she picked me up, and brought me to silverwood art park in minneapolis. i didn’t exactly go kicking and screaming, but i wasn’t prepared to be impressed either. well, jack found a dead fish to roll in, so he was ecstatic. and i found an oriole nest. ok kristin. you win. thank you for yanking me out of my comfort zone.

over-wintered baltimore oriole (?) nest

silverwood park, minneapolis, minnesota

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