Rain Stops and Barometers Bloom
Mike Brennan came across this lovely field of dandelions last May in the Quispamsis area.
Published Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:19PM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:29PM ADT
All this rain has done wonders for the grass! I woke up this morning, looked out the window and saw nothing but green! After all this rain, you’d think that emerald blanket would be dotted with splashes of sunshiny yellow ;). Where are the dandelions?
Here are a few interesting facts about the often maligned spring plant:
-Dandelions close their flowers against dew at night; they open when things begin to dry out.
-When the humidity is high, they stay closed.
-As tough as they are, dandelions also tend to remain closed when the temperature is below 10 or 11 - which of course was the case this morning.
-Like many of use, dandelions react to the weather, in fact Grandma used to refer to the dandelion as a “weather barometer”!
Here’s why: When the weather is fair, the flower extends to full bloom, but when the humidity is high as it was this morning, it shuts like an umbrella. Typically, the humidity is high when there rain in the forecast! If there are showers in the forecast, the dandelions will stay closed until the treat of rain has passed. They do this to preserve the pollen and keep nectar from being diluted. Nectar and pollen from dandelions are used by honey bees for valuable energy and feeding their spring young.
If you look around, you might find a local dandelion festival in your area. What is a dandelion festival? It’s a day for everyone to get out and celebrate the unofficial start of our summer season and honour that beautiful plant.
I came across these two festivals:
-The PEI Environmental Health Co-op is hosting its 11th Dandelion Festival at Stratford Town Hall on Victoria Day, May 22 from 10 am to 3 pm. Info at: peienvironmentalhealth.org.
- Wallace NS, Saturday, May 27th . The fun starts at 8:00AM and goes all day.
You’ll find a Flea Market & BBQ at the hall; a plant sale at the school, a paddle flotilla and supper at Masonic Hall. Watch for more details.
With sunshine in the weekend forecast, our lawns will once again be dappled in yellow!