Holy smoking, smoking smoke!!! OK, OK, now I am going back to the cobwebs of my mind, eeks and it is scaring the living daylights out of me.
I have never had burdock growing on my property, ever. And yes, I have heard of burdock, only in the gardening books. It is an extremely invasive weed.
We have a smaller version of what I call burrs. Now I will have to go and get a picture of those, they are very beautiful and pretty plants, but yes....they have those burrs that will stick on anything, particularly when we had horses, they always had burrs in their forelocks and tales, but not from this burdock that is now growing.
Last summer when I was visiting my daughter up in Kelowna, about 400 km north of where I live, she showed me this horrible plant that she said was so invasive that she could not get rid of it.
It was this Burdock, exactly like the picture that I have posted here in this thread. I had forgotten about this plant until everyone started to speak about burdock.
This massive and now I know for surely, is going to be a terrible invader has come from her house. 400 km away. It must have adhered some seeds to my shoes, socks, who knows what and began it travel to my property and now is here. Eeeks!!!! I really don't need burdock here, there is eons and eons of other flowers that are so much more beneficial to my bees that they are in love with.
My eradication process has begun. Now if Burdock is anything like this other plant that grows on my property, which has thousands of tiny seeds when it goes to seed, and is not even close to this particular burdock in the pictures, I am in for a fight. I know the depth of the taproot of this other, smaller "doc" that has always grown on my property and it is a nasty one. I don't even now thing that "doc" is the name of this weed that has always grown here, I need to find out what it is. I seriously do not want this enormous and majestic burdock on my property and so far, have only seen about 6 plants. The mother plants must be removed, period. It is indeed a most beautiful and majestic plant, as I say, but I don't want it here, I don't need more burrs.
Going back in time again. I can recall a long time ago, when my Sister's Son was about 6 years old. They were outside doing something with their horses (she is my Sister that lives in a neighbouring town). My Sister had picked a bunch of burrs and he asked her what they were. She told him they were burrs and she chucked this little handful of burrs at him and they stuck to the front of his shirt, she told him to watch out that they don't get him. Well, this poor little gaffer!!!! He thought for sure that the aliens from outer space had landed on his shirt, and they were sticking to him. He was horrified, these little burrs did not come off easily and he screamed and screamed and screamed. Oh did she feel bad!!! Poor little guy, I will never forget this tale, but isn't it fun to scare kids with stuff, or make them taste awful things when they are young little guys? :evil: ;) :) :) :) The thing we do for love.
Now, getting back to Burdock. Eeeks!!! What more can I say....but, have that most beautiful and wonderful day, love this life so worthy to live. Cindi