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New month and more growth on Dipsacus sativus

In Personal Blog on July 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM

New month and more growth on Dipsacus sativus.

New month and more growth on Dipsacus sativus

In Personal Blog on July 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Hello Readers,

The growth of this plant has been phenomenal.  It is taller than me and I am close to 5’7″ tall. The weight and height of the plant was crushing the herbs in the surrounding herb bed.  So I wrapped the teasel plant around the steel post of the shepherd’s hook to lift it off the ground.  After that, I put seeds into the bird feeder just one time.

I came out to the garden after putting seeds into the feeder to find a large fat squirrel climbing up the green leaves of the Teasel.  The leaves of the Teasel plant were being broken off by the weight of the squirrel climbing up them. When I saw what was happening to the Teasel plant I stopped putting bird seed into the feeder. The squirrel has not returned and the leaves are growing upright again.

Look at all the beautiful seedpods.  When I harvest them they will be crafted into new Teasel Creatures.

An army of bees is busy gathering honey from the herb plants in this section of the garden. Today I counted over twenty flying around the marjoram plants and the teasel seedpods.  There are other pollinators too, butterflies and moths.

Tiny white blossoms cover the seedpods, growing from the middle out to the ends. Later the small flowers fall off and the pods turns a tan brown color as they begins to dry out.

After the pods dry, I cut off the prickly stems.  By cutting the pods off before the seeds fall to the ground the plants will not become invasive.  A battle is waged between me and the goldfinches for the  seeds in the pods. I suspect those lively, bright yellow warblers are the ones who dropped the seeds in the middle of the herb bed last summer and caused this plant to sprout.

Summer is rushing by.  The Pinckney clan has just completed a lot of precious time with kinfolk.

We were not in Atlanta for the heat wave at the beginning of July. The temperatures rose above 105 degrees. The leaves of many plants in the yard were scorched and fried by the high temperatures.

I need not have worried about the Teasel plant.  It has a water reservoir through the water “cups” that form around  the leaves at the stem.  While all the other plants around it might be drying out, it just draws water from its reservoir and grows taller.

That’s all for now.  I have to get ready for the Riverside Farmer’s Market again on Saturday, the 14th.  I have been invited to read my Anthology of Teasel Creature Stories to the children who attend the Watermelon Festival on the 14th at 10:00 a. m.  I hope to see you there with your children or grandchildren.

Becky Pinckney
The Teasel Lady

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