Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Flowers - April Bloom (1)

White Clover (Trifolium repens), or Dutch Clover. Flowers are 6 - 13 mm long and bloom in spring and summer. I just found out that this species is considered to be a beneficial component of natural or organic lawn care due to its ability to fix nitrogen and out compete lawn weeds. Natural nitrogen fixing reduces leaching from the soil and can reduce the incidence of some lawn diseases that are enhanced by the availability of synthetic fertilizer.



Dandelion (Taraxacum) has never disappeared in the southeast even in winter. They are native to North America and bloom from spring to fall. I find they are extremely cute and attractive, especially for spring bees and butterflies. After flowering is gone, the flower head will dry for few days and it then forms a parachute shaped ball with dispersal seeds as you can see from this picture. When next time you pick up a Dandelion, don't forget to make a wish and that wish might come true :)


Long time ago I have decided not to use any herbicide or commercial fertilizer for my lawn and Mother Nature rewards me with nothing but beautiful surprises. More spring flowers to come ...., Linda

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  1. I knew Dandelions were great to look at, but I never knew they could be that important to a lawn or garden. I guess I have to plant more of them at home soon.

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  2. Thanks Synthetic grass! I did not many things and as I get close to the Mother Nature, she teaches many lessons :)

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