Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Wednesday Explorer Club ~ watching time go by
The cool thing about dandelions is that they are so ubiquitous you can probably find them at all life stages on your lawn (or in sidewalk cracks). Look closely and you'll see some that are still buds, not quite ready to open. A day later you might spy a bit of yellow. Then they flower and go to seed.
But how long does that take? This week, try to find some dandelions that are just about ready to open, or have just opened. Watch them for a few days.
How long do the dandelions flower?
What happens as the dandelion grows older?
When do the fluffy white parachute seeds happen?
If you have a camera, try to take pictures of the dandelion as it changes over time. Or keep track by sketching it in your journal.
Another thing to ponder: do all the dandelions in one area get old and fluffy at the same time? Or are there new flowers opening as old ones lose their seeds to the wind?
And how long does it take for a seed to grow into a plant, anyway?