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Post: # 292914Post Weedo »

I'm not sure GA - at first glance I would have said Californian or Perennial thistle but if you had this then you would certainly know it - it reproduces by seed and perrenial roots (or pieces spread in cultivation) - difficult to get rid of once established.

From what I can see of the plant form & leaf I suspect yours is another species of the same genus (Cirsium) We only have two species from the genus here but there are several more in the Nth hemisphere
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Post: # 292917Post Green Aura »

Well it definitely spreads by seed - what started off at the top of the field has spread throughout our garden - ably assisted by weather preventing us getting out and stopping it - windy and very wet!
We've slowed it down considerably by making sure we cut it down before it goes to seed. It doesn't seem to have creeping roots - just a long tap root. OH dug up a load a few years ago to make an intriguing recipe for thistle wine we'd found. We may have, inadvertently, found a cure for yeast infections. We threw the entire batch away - although it seemed to have fermented, the sweetness level never reduced, even after adding a second batch of yeast.
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Post: # 293332Post Viper254 »

Herbal tea, it appears, between the lemon balm and nettles being drunk!
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Thanks for reminding me - must get some lemon balm in the garden. Teawise, I only have mint so far,
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Post: # 293334Post Viper254 »

Do you have one to plant out? I could probably stick a spade through some of mine, pop it in a jiffy bag and it'd survive the journey
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Thanks for the offer, but I can get some from a friend here. Just have to remember...
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Post: # 293336Post Flo »

The allotments are definitely self sufficient in weeds of various sorts. Luckily they are mostly the easy to remove sort. Trouble is that I've been off the road for a couple of months with a knee replacement and am not yet fully up to speed with gardening.

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I seem to be self sufficient in cat fur! Both cats have been moulting continuously since early September.
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Thomzo wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:15 am
I seem to be self sufficient in cat fur! Both cats have been moulting continuously since early September.
It's amazing, isn't it,how much fur these cats produce... I sometimes wonder there's any cat left after I've picked up another wad of fur! :lol:
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