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a.k.a. Matricaria discoidea
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Part of my long-term plan (apart from living to be at least hundred and not dying until I have read every book that has ever been published) is to identify every plant in my garden.
Last week a friend showed to me a plant which she has been turfing/tugging out as a weed but which, she said, could make chamomile tea.

I don't drink chamomile tea, so I shut up.

But I recognized the plant.

Whereas Heather had been pulling out each plant, I had been sodding it like Great War Trench Warfare with my long-handled trenching shovel and turfing it on to the compost heap.
(Notice how quickly weeds will take over a forum that isn't even a Gardening Forum?!!)

I do like getting things for free, though, so this afternoon, after lopping of just one part of one weed for the photo, I trimmed off the flowers and have popped them into a screw-top jar in the fridge.
Tonight, after supper, I shall make myself a mug of fake-chamomile tea.

And tomorrow I shall sit in a lawn chair under a shady tree, while the electricians continue to make my house uninhabitable in this short-term, and trim every cotton-picking bud from every showing of Matricaria discoidea while trying not to segue into Matricariacide.
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Surely your statement that "Heather had been pulling out each plant" is re-entrant and quite probably recursive?

Just don't get her started on Japanese knotweed or poison ivy...
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John Gray wrote:
12 Aug 2020, 17:48
Surely your statement that "Heather had been pulling out each plant" is re-entrant and quite probably recursive?
Hello John.
I don't really know; I suspect that her weeding, while repetitive, is aimed at not being annually recursive. There again I have no idea what she mutters under her breath when she is working alone.

Re-entrant - a definite NO!
Like me, she maintains a steel bin to receive recalcitrant biomass.
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I do hope you didn't miss the fact that 'heather' is also a plant...
Hence the recursion, if not the re-entrancy!
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John Gray wrote:
13 Aug 2020, 16:10
I do hope you didn't miss the fact that 'heather' is also a plant...
Hence the recursion, if not the re-entrancy!
Hi John. I did miss this, sort of, at the time; I had a lot on my plate this week.
OTOH I think that both Tom and Heather, having been "an item" for 20+ years, would be averse to referring to her as "just a plant".
It's hard work if you have to explain extremely witty puns, isn't it!
Tell me about it! I seem to spend half my life making up extremely witty puns and snide remarks, and the other half of my life explaining them.(1)
Not that anyone is interested .... :flee:

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This thread on a weed probably doesn't belong in the cooking section. A thread in Scuttlebutt on zucchinis perhaps does belong in the cooking forum ;-)

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GeoffW wrote:
18 Aug 2020, 05:51
A thread in Scuttlebutt on zucchinis perhaps does belong in the cooking forum ;-)
... since there is no specific forum for Hateful Vegetables.
(And don't get me started on aubergines.)
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I assume that aubergine and courgette are hateful since they are not of Noble British ™ origin...?
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Not necessarily - it's how they taste!
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HansV wrote:
18 Aug 2020, 08:14
I assume that aubergine and courgette are hateful since they are not of Noble British ™ origin...?
No, Hans. It is, by definition, because my Edwardian father declared them to be ((not peas) and (not string beans)). Although he wasn't that logical!

He always had the last word.
(Until 1997 hah hah hah!)
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(thinks: perhaps I have been too general in my remarks. Maybe I should have pushed hard for a not-yet-ripe-zucchini forum ...)
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The time is not ripe for a zucchini/courgette forum (nor for an eggplant/aubergine forum).
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HansV wrote:
18 Aug 2020, 08:14
I assume that aubergine and courgette are hateful since they are not of Noble British ™ origin...?
I'd coin the word "vegist" except that it may create a long term controversy, as to whether it's pronounced with a soft "g" or a hard "g". Perhaps I'll just creat a gif of it instead?

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GeoffW wrote:
18 Aug 2020, 11:56
I'd coin the word "vegist" except that it may create a long term controversy, as to whether it's pronounced with a soft "g" or a hard "g". Perhaps I'll just creat a gif of it instead?
That's the almost-great advantage of "zucchini", except there are the Zee-ers opposed to the Zed-ers.
And don't get me started on Cham-omile tea!
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