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A pod only tim could love…

This is a pod that is from the Jimson Weed-Datura stramonium-a plant that like many weeds has a few names. This includes:locoweed, stinkweed, angel’s trumpet, devil’s trumpet, thornapple, and Jamestown weed-it’s home town in Virginia(1676 colony).

Information:

  • Plant: annual,1.2-1.8 m(4′-6′) tall,origin is Asia, looks like a tree almost with branches,egg shaped leaves that stink when crushed.worldwide,found in the regular weed places-you know them-member of the nightshade/potato family.
  • Flower:mostly white and looks like a trumpet-very cool looking.
  • Pods: develop into a prickly egg shaped capsule with 50-100 seeds that are considered a powerful narcotic worthy of respect. The whole plant has been used as such and was used as medicine.ceremonies, tea,eye care-Italian women used it to dilate their eye as a symbol of beauty-wow! The pod says-“don’t touch”.

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pics by td-thanks to erowid.org and “Suburban Wildflowers”-Headstrom for help and thanks for reading about weeds!

 

Thoreau for your Friday…

He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair. That night was the turning point in the season. We had gone to bed in the summer, and we awoke in autumn; for the summer passes into autumn in some unimaginable point of time, like the turning of a leaf. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers-1849.

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pic by td-thanks for stopping by today-happy friday!

Just a swingin’

Common Reed-Phragmites australis americanus-swing in the pic below. Now the facts:

  • Plant: 4.5 m (15′) high perennial grass with widespread distribution in wet areas,roadsides,disturbed areas,marshes.It is considered invasive as it will crowd out the local plants but helps with erosion.
  • Leaves: In the growing season they are blue/green and the leaf shafts last thru the winter. This pic shows the weed in the fallĀ  and swinging in the wind.
  • Flowers: bushy patches
  • Spreads: seeds and rhizomes
  • Uses: Our Native American uses them for arrow shafts, musical instruments, ceremonial uses, and cigarettes. I think the pods could be used for arrangements for a striking display.

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pic by td-thanks to nps.gov for help and thanks for reading tim’s weed patch today!

 

Thoreau for your Wednesday…

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TimeĀ  is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born. Walden-1854.

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top pic by td-thanks for reading tim’s weed patch!

Pod of the day…

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The pod today you are looking at is from the plant teasel-Dipascus sylvetris.

  • Bloom: July-October growing .6-2m tall
  • Flowers:lavender and egg shaped heads
  • Leaves:paired and prickly stems
  • Habitat:roadsides,disturbed areas(my fave),pastures,city trails
  • Pods:the pods are fairly strong and become darker as the season goes on. The pods can be used for arrangements which enhance the weed’s final beauty.

Thanks to “Pods-Wildflowers and Weeds in Their Final Beauty”-Jane Emertson.

Thanks for stopping by today-td

Thoreau for your Saturday…

In all woods the leaves are fast ripening for their fall; for their full veins and lively gloss mark the ripe leaf and not the sered one of the poets; and we know that the maples,stripped of their leaves among the earliest, would soon stand like a wreath of smoke along the edge of the meadow.”Friday” A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers-1849

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pic by td-note the word sered-it came up on my spell checker so I googled it.The word means withered/dry.Thanks for reading tim’s weed patch today!