London (change)
Today 26°C / 17°C
Tomorrow 27°C / 18°C

fidgetbones


Latest posts by fidgetbones

1 to 10 of 4,822

Stunning Poppy.

Posted: Today at 13:58

Not particularly. Pharmacognosy was once upon a time. Its fascinating how plants produce chemicals , particularly alkaloids and glycosides, that then have an effect on mechanisms in the human body. Most old drugs were plant derived. Digitalis for the heart and opium as a precurser to  opioid analgesics particularly popular. Senna pods  and Rhubarb root extract as laxatives being another. THC being extracted from Cannabis and used as a pure extract for Multiple Sclerosis treatment shows that research is still ongoing.

Stunning Poppy.

Posted: Today at 13:17

No. We dont get long enough hours of sunshine for the alkaloids to develop properly here. It needs long hot days , like Turkey or Afghanistan summer. They will be growing types selected for alkaloid production. We grow for pretty flower production.

Stunning Poppy.

Posted: Today at 12:50

Papaver somniferum aka the opium poppy.  There are many double ones such as pink chiffon but you'd have to search for this variety. It looks like it is reverting to the single species type, although in Turkey that would be more white/purple.

what is this plant please

Posted: Today at 12:01

I'm assuming were not talking about the buddleja flower,antirrhinum or wallflower.

what is this plant please

Posted: Today at 12:00

I'm thinking comfrey.

Plants for wildlife

Posted: Today at 09:16

If they don't, a jam jar full of frogspawn next spring will kick start it for you.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: Today at 08:59

Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos) will overwinter as a tuber like dahlias. The two grown as annuals C. bipinnatus and C sulphureus )from seed won't. They will produce lots of seed though.

CAn anyone name this plant for me please

Posted: Today at 08:56

Anywhere it likes to be. If you move it , you will have two, one from the bit of root you left behind, and one from the plant you moved. I think it is A. mollis, the leaves don't look spiky enough for A. spinosus.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: Today at 08:53

Spinning?,Gym?, you have a garden FGS, what do you need a gym for? On Sunday I emptied The Rotol and dalek into the Tardis for maturing. One hours work with a fork. Yesterday I did some lopping,good for biceps. Today I am going to do some shredding. Shreddings go in big steaming pile in Builders bag for first heat up. Then a good sit down and give the eyes some exercise looking at the garden.

Cancel the gym membership. Spend it on plants instead.

Specimen Leylandii

Posted: Today at 08:25

If you've only got two wood pigeons, you're doing well. They breed like rats around here and are a flaming nuisance.

1 to 10 of 4,822

Discussions started by fidgetbones

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

Replies: 13    Views: 205
Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 11:03

squash crown prince

Replies: 5    Views: 115
Last Post: 12/07/2014 at 13:40

Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
Replies: 2    Views: 73
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 23:47

Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
Replies: 1    Views: 71
Last Post: 03/07/2014 at 23:01

SEED COLLECTION AND STORAGE PRIOR TO SWAPPING

Replies: 20    Views: 355
Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 00:53

Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
Replies: 16    Views: 261
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 22:12

Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
Replies: 0    Views: 63
Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 07:13

ladybirds mating?

Replies: 13    Views: 192
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 20:16

Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
Replies: 8    Views: 154
Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 21:09

BARNSDALE GARDEN TRIP.

Replies: 300    Views: 5719
Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 19:22

Identification needed

Replies: 4    Views: 174
Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 21:47

Felley Priory Bluebells.

Replies: 13    Views: 247
Last Post: 25/04/2014 at 11:57

Hidcote on Easter Sunday

Replies: 19    Views: 315
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 19:44

bluebells at Felley priory.

Replies: 8    Views: 404
Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 14:54

The glory of Daffodils

Replies: 53    Views: 1446
Last Post: Yesterday at 15:18
1 to 15 of 31 threads