The Gardener’s Greeting

Sometimes the best mirrors are old friends
Music – Sky

Yellow-fruit nightshade
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Warren Buffett

Common Gorse
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Swami Sivananda

Purple Loose Strife
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
Ronald Reagan

Who would have thunk it?
Useless facts until you need useless facts.

Five thousand people escaped East Germany by going under or over the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989 when the wall came down utilising various means – be this via hot air balloon, jumping from windows, climbing over barbed wire, crawling through sewers or ramming unfortified areas of the wall with vehicles.

For the average person licking their elbow is not possible.

Despite an odd smile, the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.

Up to 95% of your body’s bugs live in your intestines.

All the microbes living in your stomach can weigh two kilograms.

I know, right!
Who would have thunk it?

Wishing all you great folks a fabulous day!

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Earthly Comforts is a wildlife journaling scrapbook focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, inspiration, poetry and photography.

21 thoughts on “The Gardener’s Greeting

  1. Hello, Rory! Until now, I was not familiar with the name “yellow-fruit nightshade”. However, when I saw your image, it reminded me of the “Maris Peer Potato Flower”, which is characterized by a bright purple color and a surprisingly gentle aroma. Could you please furnish additional details concerning the “yellow-fruit nightshade”?

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    1. Morning Pankaj of course, this is from Wiki

      Solanum crispum is a species of flowering plant in the family Solanaceae, native to Chile and Peru. Common names include Chilean potato vine, Chilean nightshade, Chilean potato tree and potato vine. Growing to 6 m tall, it is a semi-evergreen, woody-stemmed climbing plant.

      Referring to Solanum crispum from the classification Nightshade

      Your connection is quite right, it and they all travel under various alternative names pending where upon they are found in the world.

      My image is better known simply as Chilean Potato Vine 🙂


  2. The facts you have shared are truly fascinating.

    It’s incredible to think that 5,000 people managed to escape East Germany using such creative and daring methods. The limits of human ingenuity never cease to amaze me.

    Regarding the other facts you mentioned, it’s intriguing to learn that the average person cannot lick their elbow, and that the Mona Lisa does not have eyebrows. I wonder why that is.

    The statistics about the microbes living in our bodies are equally interesting. The fact that up to 95% of the bugs in our bodies live in our intestines is mind-boggling, and it’s amazing to think that they can weigh up to two kilograms! It really puts into perspective just how important these tiny organisms are to our overall health and well-being.


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    1. Gut microbes very much so and equally as much as they are advantageous to us the opposite is also true when they work against us.

      As to the Mona Lisa’s lack of eyebrows, this is down to the cleaning and tidy up of paintings. The original painting included eyebrows however over time and maintenance they have simply eroded off.


  3. Berlin Wall was nuts! 😮 I knew those things though

    Yeah I choose to not know about bugs in or on my body lol – the stuff nightmares are made of lol 😘

    Nope can not lick my elbow lol – not at all 😄 just tried – it is not something I would normally think to do lol … or want to? lol

    I knew about the no eyebrows lol 👀

    Hmm I have a fun fact for you…
    Did you know that plants emit a sound when they are stressed – such as when they are dehydrated 😮😮
    Humans can not hear this sound 😮 but insects and Bats and certain creatures can 😮🤯

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      1. 😄😄😄 me too but I had too much drama going on last week to mention 😄😄 I kept forgetting lol

        Yes very interesting – they have sound 😮 but when they stressed 😮

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      2. Suze and l are currently working in our client’s garden and some of their shrubs have a horrendous infestation of the tortrix moth and so we are having to really prune back to try and repair and what am l thinking of now Trisha …..? Oh yes, now l am thinking, are they screaming in pain with this stress? Am l hurting them? Now my mind is afire with what ifs! It’s funny, but not hahaha

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