Dandelions are pretty flowers, aren’t they? No?
Homeowners don’t seem to think so. Yellow polka-dotted lawns are unsightly, someone somehow decided somewhere. So grass is cut and dandelions are weeded out. They don’t even have the chance to end up in a salad, they are just throw into giant Canadian Tire yard waste bags and hauled far far away from suburbia, like a troubled teen sent to rehab.
I like dandelions. I like wild flowers.
After a long winter and white snowy landscape, I’m even a fan of blackberry bushes and stinging nettles. Anything but ice and snow, really.
Spring took everyone by surprise. Suddenly, trees are green again, pollen coats driveways and wild flowers grow along sidewalks. I wanted to take a few pictures before the City of Ottawa sends landscapers and before homeowners fill the tank of their lawnmower…
I root for the underdog. And wild things.
You can see the complete set of Spring in Ottawa on Flickr.