Macro Monday

Close up photo of a dandelion.

The humble dandelion . Back in the early 1980s I travelled to China with a group of horticulturalists( I was just a keen gardener along for the ride) led by plantsman Roy Lancaster. We travelled to Western China and also down the Yangtze river ( before it was dammed up.) In Central China we would go to areas that had not been cultivated such as the holy mountains. On one such mountain one of our group found what looked like a dandelion and presented it to Roy Lancaster. She said : “I think it’s just a dandelion.” But Roy took an interest and set about preparing it for travel back to England . It turned out it was a “previously undescribed dandelion” and it was named after Roy Lancaster.

The dandelion in my photo is not the one from China. It is from my own garden!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. J.W.S. says:

    Yikes…I treat them as weeds in my yard.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well you are not alone in that. Roy Lancaster used to say a weed was just a flower or plant growing somewhere you don’t want it to. 😄


  2. Wow, that’s such a cool story. I love the photo of your own dandelion!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      So glad you liked the dandelion in China story. Thanks!

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  3. Neal Saye says:

    Thanks for sharing such a terrific story, Anne! I LOVE dandelions too and will from bow on respect them even more.

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  4. VJ says:

    Your photo certainly elevates the dandelion from its humble status.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you VJ.😄

      Liked by 1 person

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