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Daniel, I enjoyed the avocado & ghosts of evolution videos and story of the female Gingko biloba
Ginkgo Trees Stink Up Cities When Seeds Fall
"[T]he seeds smell something like a mix of vomit and putrid cheese."
"When young, female ginkgos—the seed-producing kind—are impossible to tell apart from male trees. It takes a female at least 25 years to produce its first seeds, and even then, only females planted within close vicinity of a male end up doing so."
"Ginkgo seeds smell horrible, and their toxic flesh may cause rashes. But every fall, they are at the center of a citywide scavenger hunt.
“We eat them,” Wang Tong said as she looked for fallen seeds under several ginkgo trees."
"At over 200 million years old, they survived whatever killed the dinosaurs, and some of them withstood the atomic bomb blast that struck Hiroshima in 1945.
“They leafed out again the following spring,” said Peter Crane, dean of Yale University’s school of forestry and author of a recent book on the ginkgo tree"
This is, indeed, a remarkable tree. I tried repeatedly to get one started in my west garden and they just did not like the soil or the air or the neighbors. Happily, you were able to get them to grow, Daniel. Have any of them turned out to be female?
The photo of your Persimmons look so festive.
Daniel, interesting videos about Avocados and Ginko.
I used to like Bananas and Avocados a lot, but my old tasting apparatus tells me they are rather bland now, so I don't eat them anymore. But I'm going to try some Avocados again because that video said they're a natural laxative, and I could use anything that gets things moving. Especially naturally.
Persimmons are really tasty if you freeze them first too.
While I enjoy 99% of most foods, avocados are in the 1% I don't. Taste and texture repulse me. And I know they're a very healthy food. For what it's worth, I'm not a big fan of bananas, either--for the same reason.
Interesting video on avocados - I'm definitely a big fan.
Hyacinthoides are considered an invasive weed? Jeez, they are so pretty. Yes, they do fill in space that other plants would like to grow into, but just pull up a clump of them and throw them on top of the soil that needs a little color and before you know it, a field of blue springs up. After a while, there is nothing left but blue; I like blue. Such is gardening.
Of the 300 daffodils Cary planted for me years ago, only one still comes up. The mice or something got them that first year and I never did have a field of daffodils as I had hoped.
Bertold, that is a fantastic cactus with beautiful color.
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