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May 10, 2013

The annual dandelion whine

(Continued)

So within a couple of minutes, thanks to all the European children blowing on the puff balls, the dandelions had taken over North America. The United States would never be the same.

Do I hold it against the Europeans for saddling us with the yellow menace? Yes. Yes I do. It is because of them that I spend every spring engaged in a bitter battle. Sadly, it is a battle that I am losing.

Today I spent several hours digging dandelions out of my flower beds. They are the most evil of all plants. It’s an impossible task because dandelion roots grow underground for about six hundred feet and if you don’t get absolutely all of them, they will regenerate and grow a new dandelion. Basically, they are the zombies of the plant world; the undead of botany; the things that will not DIE.

Still, clearing them out of flower beds is the easy part. It’s the ones that have taken over my yard that I can’t stand. Living across from a field of them doesn’t help. Every time the wind blows, more and more dandelions take root in my yard. It’s a never-ending battle.

My 6-year-old self would love it.

— Rebecca Todd is a freelance writer and the author of the book “What’s the Point?” available at booklocker.com. Contact her at btodd@tds.net.

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