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!Re: California trip/now thistles

What did you do with those dried pods? We fought them on our family farm until we sold it last year. I read where they can lay dormant for something like 20 years and that every flower is responsible for 30 thousand seeds. There is a new bug that our Extension agent gets a group together to harvest so that we can spread them out to creek areas that can't be cleaned any other way. I personally have chopped, cut, and burned thousands myself. The stickers on the leaves really sting.
I can remember years.... like maybe 30 years ago doing a needlepoint of a thistle. That was when we thought they were beautiful!
My sister has invited me for years and this is my first time in April... I highly recommend it.
----- Original Message ----- From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 6:49 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] California trip!

In a message dated 5/2/05 1:26:38 PM, pdickson@sbcglobal.net writes:

<< one negative I saw lots of those terrible invasive thistles along the

road.... I thought we were the only ones that were fighting them. >>

Tricia, my brother lives in Morgan Hill (bay area) on the mountain side
overlooking the city. He has horses and is forever fighting the thistles. I
bought some of the dried thistle pods home once and he could not believe it.
My sister lives on Rt 1 in Malibu over looking the ocean.
I'm sure this is a lovely time to visit. I have never been there in the

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