Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Tin Pot, 17 Aug 2017.

  1. booze and cake

    booze and cake probably out cycling

    Living in a top flat I don't have a garden, but here's some pics I got from nice gardens I visited with with my Mum in Ireland last week.
    Kelly's Hotel Garden Rosslare.
    Palm flowering
    JFK Arboretum, New Ross, Wexford
    Cork oak bark
    Kimokea Gardens
    Some fairy houses
  2. Aliums and iris. Two of the easiest things to grow, but so effective

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  3. Milzy

    Milzy Veteran

    I want a fantastic tree in a big pot.
    I’m thinking of an Olive tree.
  4. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    I’m thinking ginkgo biloba.
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  5. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Me being me, I really MUST get one of those massive purple pointy things for my garden!!!! :laugh::laugh:
  6. Mrs M

    Mrs M Veteran

    Hardy palm tree, monkey puzzle tree, banana plant?
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  7. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

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  8. Milzy

    Milzy Veteran

  9. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    A couple of pictures from my garden

    Calamondin orange
    A lemon ready for picking
    My grapevine after a haircut
    Nigella. You can’t beat it!
    Cornflower comes close
    A nice vibrant Salvia
  10. randynewmanscat

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    I chuckled at the contributions regarding being familiar with the "recycling centre" (tip). I chip everything and use as mulch or compost. What is in the attached image I draw the line at, the result of being absent from my home for three months in 2017, never again. I had to carefully remove these before putting the plants to compost. They are the result of deeply cultivating some land in the late spring then spending longer than I intended in England, the seeds that caused the headache could be up to 90 years old laying in wait for a fool such as me to turn them upwards to the surface. IMG_20170913_154320.jpg
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  11. furball

    furball Veteran

    What are they?
  12. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member


    What a difference ten days makes.
    Been away hillwalking in slightly soggy Scotland.
    Come back to the farm, and the cucumbers are only a couple of weeks off fruiting, and kilos of sugars snap peas are ready to pick.

    The slight tyranny of the veg farm...
  13. randynewmanscat

    randynewmanscat Senior Member

    Datura Stramonium or "Jimson Weed" seed pods, highly invasive but easily dealt with if you are resident on the land that they form part of the seed bank on. They are scary looking plants, some people actually cultivate them for their looks, others cultivate them for their highly narcotic effect. The seeds can live for almost one hundred years, deep cultivation turns them up into the germination zone and bingo you have your very own Jimson weed plantation.
    I made two trips to the déchetterie with these bags, about 500L of seed pods.
    Have a look at how the name Jimson came into being, it will amuse you I am sure.
    All parts of the plant are narcotic in content including the roots. I torched a pile of stalks nearly two metres in height using a >100KW torch and a pyre of pallets to fire them up. I chose the day to do it very carefully, the smoke rose vertically and I thanked my lucky stars.
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  14. PK99

    PK99 Guru

    The James-Town Weed (which resembles the Thorny Apple of Peru, and I take to be the plant so call'd) is supposed to be one of the greatest coolers in the world. This being an early plant, was gather'd very young for a boil'd salad, by some of the soldiers sent thither to quell the rebellion of Bacon (1676); and some of them ate plentifully of it, the effect of which was a very pleasant comedy, for they turned natural fools upon it for several days: one would blow up a feather in the air; another would dart straws at it with much fury; and another, stark naked, was sitting up in a corner like a monkey, grinning and making mows [grimaces] at them; a fourth would fondly kiss and paw his companions, and sneer in their faces with a countenance more antic than any in a Dutch droll.

    In this frantic condition they were confined, lest they should, in their folly, destroy themselves—though it was observed that all their actions were full of innocence and good nature. Indeed, they were not very cleanly; for they would have wallowed in their own excrements if they had not been prevented. A thousand such simple tricks they played, and after eleven days returned themselves again, not remembering anything that had passed.

    — Robert Beverley, Jr., The History and Present State of Virginia, Book II: Of the Natural Product and Conveniencies in Its Unimprov'd State, Before the English Went Thither, 1705[13]
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  15. Poacher

    Poacher Gravitationally challenged member

    "Jimson weed: that's a bitch. Everybody should do jimson weed - once. I only did it twice."
    Hunter S. Thompson
    Last edited: 6 Jun 2019
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