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Old 04-02-2015, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Damn warm spellesses with a body. I wore a T-shirt all winter and kept my cabin at 67 degrees. Now that we had that warm spell and then cooled off again, I have the cabin set to 75, wearing a long sleeve denim shirt, fully buttoned, with kercheif indoors, and I'm cold.
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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So some of these mystery bushes proved to be golden currants. Lots of 'em. Some are blooming. Hope they're tasty.

Now, the currants aren't spiny. But there's one baby bush -- just one out of hundreds -- that's absolutely COVERED in thorns -- rose-type thorns, not the single spikes like a gooseberry (mmmmm, gooseberries). I mean every bit of the stem, not a speck without thorns, they make the wild roses look naked. But it has the same leaves as the currants. What is it??

And one of the trees is a black walnut. Ain't never had black walnuts. I hear they're a lot of work to eat.
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Not sure what the thorny thing is, sorry. Take a pic and post it, might help us.

Mmmmmmm, black walnuts are great. You've had regular walnuts, right? They are a lot of work too, but when you bring on Black Walnuts, bring on the channel locks. Way back in my memory core, I remember my dearly departed grandmother said black walnuts required roasting. Don't remember if the required roasting was for eating or for ease of opening.

My grandfather, one time when I was little, snatched a bag of pastachios out of my hand and threw them out in the field telling me to never eat the White pastachios because they are poisonous. Only eat the pink ones. Years later, I found out that uncooked/treated pastachios, ARE poisonous. Way back, when they treated the inported pastachios, they would die them red/pink so that the receiving company and customs knew they were ready for consumption. Gramps didn't know that if a US company treated them, they didn't always die them, but packed, they were treated and OK.
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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So some of these mystery bushes proved to be golden currants. Lots of 'em. Some are blooming. Hope they're tasty.

Now, the currants aren't spiny. But there's one baby bush -- just one out of hundreds -- that's absolutely COVERED in thorns -- rose-type thorns, not the single spikes like a gooseberry (mmmmm, gooseberries). I mean every bit of the stem, not a speck without thorns, they make the wild roses look naked. But it has the same leaves as the currants. What is it??

And one of the trees is a black walnut. Ain't never had black walnuts. I hear they're a lot of work to eat.
Does it look something like this?



Don't know much about black walnuts, except that the wood is spectacular for furniture work.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Nope. It has leaves exactly like the golden currants and leafed up at the same time. Only difference is ... it has about as many thorns as your picture! Maybe it's a mutant.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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In Billings country, anything is possible

It sounds a lot like Devils Club


Nasty little sucker, and we do get it around here.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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In Billings country, anything is possible

It sounds a lot like Devils Club


Nasty little sucker, and we do get it around here.
EXACTLY what I thought when I read the description.

I had never heard of it until I was on Kodiak Alaska.............it is very common on the mountain sides there.
The only gloves that provided protection while we were packing out a game animal down to the shore-line, were Marine Grade Neopreme Gloves.....................
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Yeah, I done seen more weird bushes just in my yard here than in the whole rest of the state ever!!

But it's not devil's club either -- it has the soft lobed leaves (rounded, not pointed) just like golden currants, and everything else exactly the same too. Except the thorns!! Maybe a currant miscegenated with the wild attack roses. Them durn things go right through leather like it ain't there.

I had gooseberry in my yard in Bozeman.... just had one spike per leaf. Well worth a scratch or two for those tasty berries.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Nope. It has leaves exactly like the golden currants and leafed up at the same time. Only difference is ... it has about as many thorns as your picture! Maybe it's a mutant.
Take it to your COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT.
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Yeah, in fact I was wondering if the county extension agent could be conned into coming out here and pointing out what parts of this jungle I should cultivate, and which ones I should burn out! (And the state needs to spray along the road, there's knapweed over there.)

Here's some yard art that's not your average flamingo:

Metal Sculptures of Borrego Springs, CA - Ricardo Breceda - Page 1 - DesertUSA
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