Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wordless...er, Thursday

I know that Wednesdays are the traditional wordless days on Blotanical, but I've been feeling a little wordless all week. So here's a photo from my pyracantha, taken this fall:


I like pyracantha's other common name, "firethorn"--it's easy to see where it comes from.

12 comments:

  1. So, I didn't know about wordless Wednesday, but now I do!

    The pyracantha is lovely. Do your birds eat the fermented berries and get drunk?

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  2. Hi Susan, wonderful posts, I read down to all on the page. Your wood projects are terrific. I especially like the bench by your bike on the gravel path in your header. It sets the mood nicely. We have a row of pyracanthas here, eight along a chain link fence that are fifteen feet tall. They had more berries this year than ever before. Don't know what that means, but the birds are loving it.
    Frances

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  3. Thanks, Tina!

    Hi Michelle--I've never seen them drunk from it, but then, I might not recognize what a drunk bird looks like...;-)

    Hi Frances--Thanks. Ironically, though, the bench is probably the only thing I haven't made in the garden. It comes from Mexico, and I found it in a local, family-owned hardware store. I like it so much, I bought two of them and brought them home with me. I should do a post about it, as well as the longhorn on the top...that has a story behind it, too.

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  4. I've been wondering how you were feeling. My thoughts have been with you all week.

    I grew a firthorn at my former home. I trained it too. It went up my steps( safe distand from the railing;)) and across the top of my porch. Lots of red berries in the winter for the birds. My grand dog got in to them when she was a puppy.

    I panicked cause it could have been a toxin. She wolfed a bunch down before I could stop her. Then I called a poison hotline to see if I needed to rush her to the vet.

    The guy laughed and said...she's going to sleep well soon. She acted a bit drunk for awhile and then she was off to sleep and dream for a good bit of time.

    To the animals, it's like getting good and drunk. It will happen to birds too. They have gorged themselves and then flown off in some cock-eyed fashion.

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  5. Wow--I never even thought about the dogs eating it! I don't think mine ever have. That's a funny story, Anna.

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  6. I've got one in my garden. The birds love it and land there before checking out the feeders. Any plant with bright coloured berries is good value in my opinion.
    As you say - what does a drunk bird look like - I'll have to keep an eye out :-)

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  7. We had a big one in our old garden, I can't remember about bird parties there but they definitely do that on some trees with fermenting berries. They make quite a racket! Hope they all get home safely. :) Hope you are doing okay, too. Sorry again about your folks.

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  8. We could always tell when the birds were drunk when the poor things started bonking into the windows! Every year when the berries were ripe... bonk... bonk... bonk...

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  9. It was a lot of fun to read the replies. There is a video out there somewhere. I showed it to my 10th grade bilogy students who loved it. It's about animals in Africa who love to eat the fermented fruit. Funniest dad gum thing I've ever watched. I was told to quit showing it cause a bunch of naked natives show up and have some too.

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  10. That is so funny that they made you quit showing the film Anna!

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  11. opps...biology...as you can see, it wasn't English. I got away with showing that film for about 4 years before the authorities threw it out. After that, parents begged me to get a copy. ok...I'll quit replying to this and move on...it was just so funny that I'm still laughing. I have got to find that video and get it for this Christmas. My grown children will love it. I'll share with you too.

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