It doesn’t look like much… until you realize this dandelion is almost 5 inches across.
It’s growing up next to the south side of my house; I took the photo yesterday. These giant dandelions are not uncommon here in the Southwestern USA. The flowers aren’t friendly yellow-velvet buttons before they go to seed the way normal dandelions are, but the humongous fluffy thing that appears later is certainly eye-catching.
About Thomas Weaver
For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor).
I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far.
My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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I’ve seen the biggest, monster dandelions EVER up here in Colorado. And, the thistles. Wow. I had to drag out the heavy artillery – Round Up. I hate to use it, but otherwise our lawn would be destroyed!
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The dandelions are almost the only thing that will grow in this yard. Them and the goat weed. I swear the goat weed has it out for my twin. Somehow, the burrs — which are nasty and spikey and slightly toxic — manage to find his feet even indoors. They get through combat boots!