to pick dandelions?

(30 Posts)
Objection Tue 22-Apr-14 17:43:59

We have two rabbits and we're currently renovating our new house. Previous house meant they could have the whole grassy garden but currently our new garden is just paving stones so not much green for the bobbits.
On the way to work I walk past a huge green area that is covered in Dandelions so have taken to picking a load to take home for them.
I've seen a few threads recently up in arms over picking flowers calling it theft.
I've always thought of dandelions as weeds - am I wrong in picking them? confused

PestoSunnyissimos Tue 22-Apr-14 17:46:02

I do this too, when out for walks, for our tortoises. Dandelions are pretty rampant, I wouldn't give it a second thought!

WeAllHaveWings Tue 22-Apr-14 17:46:30

You do know picking dandelions will make you pee the bed (according to my mum)

picnicbasketcase Tue 22-Apr-14 17:48:11

Dandelions and daisies are weeds, they spread on their own, it's fine to pick them. Daffodils or similar that have been planted, not okay to pick them.

Foxred10 Tue 22-Apr-14 17:48:50

Dandelions are weeds so I can't imagine anyone getting upset at you picking them. They might have been sprayed with selective weed killer, but as long as you wash the leaves well before you give them to the rabbits they should be fine....

Objection Tue 22-Apr-14 17:49:21

weallhavewings - I did wonder why I kept doing that wink

specialsubject Tue 22-Apr-14 17:49:39

please come and pick them in our garden, we've got plenty...

(is this what is attracting the sodding wild rabbits?)

CorusKate Tue 22-Apr-14 17:51:33

Fine to pick dandelions - guineas love them so I assume rabbits do too, but surely it's the leaves they like?

Be careful, by the way, cause the sap stains like a motherfucker.

UriGeller Tue 22-Apr-14 17:52:42

Its true, French name for dandelions is pissenlit (piss the bed).

chocolatespiders Tue 22-Apr-14 17:52:49

I go for walks for this sole purpose- rabbits love them I don't regard it as picking flowers!!!

Objection Tue 22-Apr-14 18:11:15

Oh good. No one is going to run after me waving a stick then!

chickydoo Tue 22-Apr-14 18:14:38

I pick them for my tortoise.... Very yummy for them, so I'm told.

KatieKaye Tue 22-Apr-14 18:17:48

I'd be delighted to see you doing this, as it will stop the seeds flying around and then taking up residence in my garden (which is currently looking like a dandelion farm!)

BankWadger Tue 22-Apr-14 18:18:06

Just be careful not to pick any that may have been sprayed with weed killer (or dog wee).

EdithWeston Tue 22-Apr-14 18:20:27

Is the huge green area owned by someone? If it is, then you need their permission.

AMillionNameChangesLater Tue 22-Apr-14 18:22:22

Ds1 loves them, he calls them DaddyLions. We don't have any in our garden, nor any daisies. How do i get them in it, does anyone know? Daises are my very favourite flower, but it has to be the common ones which grow in the grass

Suefla62 Tue 22-Apr-14 18:27:47

Chilterns seeds have them, they're called English Lawn Daisies.

Fathertedfan Tue 22-Apr-14 18:30:49

Sheeps parsley is shooting up now. Bet they'd like that too!

AMillionNameChangesLater Tue 22-Apr-14 18:32:45

Brilliant, thanks Suefla

alltoomuchrightnow Wed 23-Apr-14 01:32:01

my mum gets them everywhere she goes, for the family tortoise.. they get a good wash though.

TillyTellTale Wed 23-Apr-14 01:50:28

Dandelions aren't cultivated plants, they're not a protected species, and you're not digging them up.

If they were bluebells or council daffodils, and you were picking them or worse, digging them up, it would be theft.

I think it would be theft to pick them from a park or community land, but no-one is going to prosecute someone for picking dandelions, although they might if you were caught picking the pansies.

https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q641.htm

www.theguardian.com/law/2011/mar/16/rules-picking-wild-flowers

Marylou62 Wed 23-Apr-14 09:10:14

Oh...thought I'd be really funny and tell you that it will make you wet the bed...but someone got there first! I genuinely thought this was true when I was a child!

AwfulMaureen Wed 23-Apr-14 09:51:36

I've always picked them as a kid and now DD does. When I was little they used to get called "Wee the beds" I assume because they're a diuretic....funny how the old herbal folklore survived into the 70s really.

AwfulMaureen Wed 23-Apr-14 09:52:42

Oh I see it's already discussed! Well they're called Wee the Beds because the leaves contain a diuretic...they do increase urination....it's a remedy for water infections. grin

hugoagogo Wed 23-Apr-14 09:59:43

I can confirm that they taste nasty.

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