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More garden finds--

Went down to "It's About Thyme, a garden store in way the heck South Austin, past Slaughter Lane. Pretty neat stuff--nice variety, not very well-labeled, but a bunch of neat stuff. Two plants in particular amazed me--one, stevia. I knew about the sugar-substitute in a bottle, but I wasn't sure what it was--the stevia plant has broad leaves that are very sweet! like biting into a stick of "juicy fruit" gum, sweet. I picked up two of them--they require moderate sun, so I'll try to make them work, but it may be a challenge. I don't know what I'll use them for--they'd probably make a really exciting addition to a salad of some sort.

The other one--which I DIDN'T buy, but only because it was a fire ant nest--was datura. If you don't know this one, the datura family has a lot of the magical plants in it (the two big magic plant families are datura and nightshade, from my limited research). According to some sources, datura--or at least some daturas--is the "zombie cucumber," the active ingredient in zombie potions. It's also used in some flying-broomstick recipes. Not a NICE magick plant, but interesting for what it is. I may go back there and try to get it, ants or no. Not to use, just to have.



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Apr. 19th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Sounds to me like it's time to invest in an eclectic Aero garden. ;)
Apr. 19th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
While I admire the technology, I have to ask, "what does one do with two inches of basil"? *sigh* My favorite recipes use two CUPS of basil, that's like a square foot of the plant. It's very elegant, tho, and I admire them every time I see the vendor room for that snexy product.
Apr. 19th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
You have to get the datura, man. If nothing else, so you can utter the line (with appropriate props):

"Uh oh, dart in your neck. That's bad."
Apr. 20th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
*nodnod* I'll go back in a month or so :) I've been wanting a datura for years...
Apr. 20th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Also, the datura was doing double-duty as a fireant nest. Which was kind of scary.
Apr. 20th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
I totally need a stevia plant. I have a bottle of extract in the fridge, and a box of packets in the pantry.
Apr. 20th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
I think they'd be great in a salad! Weird sudden sweet things, like biting into a packet of saccharine :) Suddenly everyone has them, tho, so if you went to Red Barn Nusery (Pond Springs, one street north of--ah...McNiel? Spicewood Sprigns? on 183) they had some there.
Apr. 20th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
seeds! Ant free! ;)
If'n ya want some seeds of that venue, I gots some you can have.

Datura-Angel Trumpet Tree (brugmansia sanguinea)

Jimsonweed (datura stramonium)
Devils trumpets (datura metel) Misplaced. =\ I know I have them somewhre

Deadly Nightshade (atropa belladonna) (more seeds than I can possibly use)

Black Henbane (hyoscyamus niger)
True Wolfsbane (aconitum lycoctonum subs. vulparia)
Monkshood (aconitum napellus)

Might be a while before I get some seed from my Black Mandrake (mandragora autumnalis), but when they do produce, you're welcome to some of that as well.

Seriously though, I have tons of deadly nightshade seed. They say germination rate is around 70% but they seem to explode under my care! Strangely, I can't get sage to germinate to save my life. =/
Apr. 20th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: seeds! Ant free! ;)
*blinks* Okay...asking why you have this particular apocathery is going to only net me more confusion than I need :) I'd love wolvesbane, jimsonweed, and nightshade, I'll just have to figure out some way to get them from you :)
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