The metaphor seemed apt on several fronts. Think first of the seed head and whence it comes. The dandelion on first appearance is simple, ubiquitous, pedestrian, known since childhood it is often the first flower plucked by chubby toddler hands and represents the first dollops of sunshine dotting the fresh green expanse of spring. From electric butter yellow, as if lit from within, the pincushion flower undergoes a transformation; it retracts in on itself and then opens again to a sphere, mimicking the cosmos, each point of light a separate flower, producing a singular seed.
This seed is thoughtful and full of optimism and with it comes the ability to soar, to explore, to venture and land, connecting with its new place ready to begin a new story. The sphere and the soaring we know as a wish, from the simplest beginning to a substantial force. Think now of the taproot and the laying down leaves, splayed as if grasping the earth and the force of the root as it establishes its hold on place. Within the philosophy of biodynamics the dandelion is the messenger from the cosmos, from heaven, and it works to unite the depth of a place to the expanse above; to children and the primordial it symbolizes a wish or perhaps a dream that is persistent, tenacious, and full of potential. It is common yet uncommonly captivating.