Saturday, January 17, 2009

Double Tag

I know I could shake a single tag but two of my readers tagged me and a double tag is just about impossible to not-address. But here's the thing. You all don't know just how boring I am so when you see what the results of this challenge turns out to be, you may just stop visiting. Ok I have stalled enough. Here is how this thing works. I am supposed to go to my photo library and then go to the 4th folder and pick the 4th picture and post it. Then all I have to do is to explain what it is and tell something about it. After that I am supposed to pass this along to someone else to do.



So without further ado, here it is:










This is a photo of a plant that I grew this year in my front yard. It is a Castor bean plant. Supposedly you can take one of the beans and push it down into a mole hole and when they come along they will eat it. Castor beans are deadly poisonous so the mole should die. I ran into a few problems though.




First off this was the idea of someone that I used to work with. He got the seeds and we each planted some. His grew to about 15 ft tall and mine only got to about 8 ft tall. His never went to seeds but mine did so that is why I took the photo. I wanted to rub his nose in the fact that I am a better gardener than he is. However two days after I took this photo, we had a freeze and Castor beans can't take the cold so it shriveled up and this seed pod never developed.




One other odd thing was that ants kept eating these plants. If these are deadly poisonous like they say they are, then how can ants eat them? What's up with that?




Well there you have it. Riveting wasn't it. Not nearly as interesting as the posts by the two people who tagged me, Edie and Edwina. Maybe you learned something here today anyway. Ok I had fun. And since most of my blog friends are already tagged or will be soon, I won't tag anyone. However I would love for you to play along if you like.

Have a great day,

Greg

11 comments:

Chatty Kelly said...

Obviously God saw your pride and killed your plant. Well, I am reading Genesis now, and that is the way it worked then.

It is a beautiful plant, and I'd like to try it because we have mole/vole problems in our yard.

The picture is really good, I love the colors.

Marla said...

They are a really pretty plant. I have never tried to grow one. It looks like it would take up to much space in one of my flower beds.

Edie said...

I did learn something! I learned that poison is ineffective on ants! lol. Thanks for playing along Greg. I hope it wasn't too painful for you. :)

That really is a great picture! Nice photography. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wanda said...

I have not seen a Caster Bean since I was a little girl. My dad had several in our back yard.

So... this tag was not a waste of time or boring... it brought back a sweet memory.

LOL:Wanda

Jeannie said...

Well, your story beat mine - I have a picture of a peony and a salvia with no story whatsoever except that they happen to be in my garden.

Kim said...

Not boring...very interesting. :) Although I have NO idea how the ants can eat it and not die and it's supposed to kill a mole?? Hmmm...

Beautiful photography. :)

I'm going to play along on my blog this morning because I actually went to my 4th folder and 4th picture and it couldn't have been more appropriate for this special day! Come check it out! :)

Blessings to you and your family, Greg!!
Kim

sara said...

that is the weirdest thing I have heard!! the plant is pretty, but wow they get very tall!!! I think those moles were laughing though! :)

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Thanks for playing along and being a good sport :) I have an abundance of fire ants this year and I guess trying your Caster Bean will not help. We really do not have a problems with moles, just those darn ants...Got any solutions? Nothing so far has really helped, only to move them to another ant hill in our lawn.

My ADHD Me said...

Very Interesting...
(too bad I can't do accents in the comment section...thing Laugh-In)

Monogram Queen said...

Well I did learn from it so.. it wasn't a total wash *snicker*

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