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Bamboo query

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 09:54

I grew up in the countryside around all sorts of poisonous plants - so did my brother who was (and is) close in age to me.  We didn't even have a garden fence to keep us out of the woods and fields; we played in the churchyards, fields, ditches, woods and commons from a very young age. 

Human brain development goes through various stages - one of the stages when children are young is one where recognition of dangerous foodstuffs is imprinted (as it would have been with small children when we were evolving living in caves with no fences around gardens).  That's the reason why so many children with severe autism are excessively finnicky eaters (to put it mildly) - because that bit of brain development has become rigid. 

If very young children are taught by their parents what is safe to eat and what is not, they will remember.  I knew from a very young age that 'shiny red berries' were nasty and would make me ill - I was never tempted by them and neither were any of my friends.  If you leave it too late to teach this information it's much harder for the brain to absorb the information and retain it's importance. 

Of course, if someone has a moderate to severe learning disability the ability of their brain to take in this information and of course these children should be protected from harmful plants.

Is this an arrogance?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 08:28

It's always the ampersand that makes the difference

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 08:02

The 'strange symbol' is intended to look like a Pin board  - that's because the thread was started by a member of the GW magazine team  and it's 'pinned' at the top


Posted: 21/07/2015 at 07:59

Good morning KEF -  happy 'pruning'

Wisteria.......... again

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 07:55

I'm good at coming up with excuses to buy more plants


Posted: 21/07/2015 at 07:50

Morning Bushman

Your public profile's disappeared

Is this an arrogance?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 07:46

As long as we don't have letters after our name ....... we've seen where that can lead!!!!!!!!!!  


Posted: 21/07/2015 at 07:13

Have a good day Fidget

I'm popping down the coast to visit Ma this morning ... haven't been for a week as I'd have had to negotiate the Latitude Festival traffic - most of it should've gone now

pruning cotoniasta

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 07:11

Hi pas2

Whichever type of cotoneaster you've got - there are several

they're pretty tough and you won't kill it by cutting it back at any time of year.  However if you want to get the most out of the colourful berries I'd do any major pruning late winter/early spring.


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