Dandelion or Taraxacum officinale from the Asteraceae family. If this herbaceous perennial wasn’t so successful and ‘reliable’ we would probably love it and appreciate its beauty a little more! Well, I might be speaking for myself there!
I photographed this one on Saturday believing it to be the last one in flower in the garden – I noticed yesterday, however, that there is one other. When I uploaded the photographs onto the computer, I was amazed at the sheer amount of wonderfully shaped stamens. It was a pretty breezy day, so I’m fortunate that I managed to get some shots which weren’t too out of focus, but I think the softness encapsulates the essence of this flower at this stage in its life-cycle. Some of the close-ups I took reveal a misty pollen-filled atmosphere which is really quite mesmerising.
I went out to look at it today and it is firmly closed up, indicating that its magical metamorphosis into a globular seed-head is busily happening in private. One thing’s for sure: if the seed-head appears today, the seeds will be quickly dispersed around the garden; the wind was very strong yesterday, but it’s blowing quite a gale today.