Dandelion "He loves me, he loves me-not."
Folklore has an interesting spin
on determining whether or not you are loved. Instead of picking the petals off a
daisy, try blowng the seeds off a dandelion globe. It's said that if you can blow
all the seeds off with one blow, then you are loved with a passionate love. If some
seeds remain, then your lover has reserveations about the relationship. If a lot
of the seeds still remain on the globe, then you are not loved at all, or very little.
Source: "Unusual Vegetables, Something New for this Year's Garden,"
Rodale Press Emmaus, PA.
Telling Time with a Dandelion, aka "Clock
Flower" or "Tell-Time"
Legend has it that the number of breaths it takes to blow off all
the seeds of a dandelion globe that has gone to seed, is the hour number. Time, anyone?
Etymology Dictionary & Common
Dandelion - The Lion's Tooth
If blowing seeds is not your idea of telling time, consider this:
"The dandelion is called the rustic oracle; its flowers always
open about 5 A.M. and shut at 8 P.M., serving the shepherd for a clock."
Source: Folkard (448. 309), from "The Child and Childhood in Folk-Thought,"
by Alexander F. Chamberlain
Folklore says that blowing the seeds off a dandelion is said to
carry your thoughts and dreams to your loved one. At least, so they say... Source:
"Unusual Vegetables, Something New for this Year's Garden," Rodale Press
"Are you separated from the object of your love? Carefully pluck
one of the feathery heads; charge each of the little feathers composing it with a
tender thought; turn towards the spot where the loved one dwells; blow, and the seed-ball
will convey your message faithfully. Do you wish to know if that dear one is thinking
of you? blow again; and if there be left upon the stalk a single aigrette, it is
a proof you are not forgotten. Similarly, the dandelion is consulted as to whether
the lover lives east, west, north, or south, and whether he is coming or not."
Source: "The Child and Childhood in Folk-Thought," by Alexander
Dandelion Barometers (it's true!)
"The dandelion is an excellent barometer, one of the commonest
and most reliable. It is when the blooms have seeded and are in the fluffy, feathery
condition that its weather prophet facilities come to the fore. In fine weather the
ball extends to the full, but when rain approaches, it shuts like an umbrella. If
the weather is inclined to be showery it keeps shut all the time, only opening when
the danger from the wet is past." Source: "Camping For Boys,"
by H.W. Gibson