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Not Celery


Back in March I thought this volunteer plant in the front yard was a celery plant. As it grew and developed, it no longer seemed to be celery. The one stalk remained solo.

When the flowers bloomed, dill came to mind, but there was no dill aroma. Hmmm.

The Husband thought it was hemlock. I thought hemlocks were trees. Was I curious to look it up? Of course not.

Last week, friends came over and concurred with the Husband. Hemlock.  Yup, that's the stuff Socrates drank as punishment for being found guilty by 280 out of 500 peers of not believing in the government's gods and for teaching his students to question authority. Interesting. It got me wondering if people could be put on trial for doing something similar today.

For a poisonous plant, hemlock certainly is pretty. I suppose I ought to pull it out soon.

Update: Thanks to Colleen of Loose Leaf Notes commenting that the plant reminds her of Queen Anne's Lace, I did more research. The plant does look like it, but it's not. 

While reading about the difference between Queen Anne's Lace and hemlock, I found that the plant in our yard doesn't have all the identifying marks of hemlock. Hurrah!

Then I remembered that earlier this year I tossed a package of wildflower seeds around the yard. Fortunately I recalled the seed company's name and there at the website I learned that Bishop's Weed or False Queen Anne's Lace was in the package. Ha! 

Not poisonous for us, humans. However, False Queen Anne's Lace is toxic for Molly the Cat so tomorrow I shall be pulling it out. 


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  1. It IS pretty . . golly, who knew?

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  2. Pretty. Similar to Queen Anne's Lace.

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    1. Thanks, again, Colleen. I'm so glad you visited and made this comment. :-)

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  3. Hemlock? What a surprise. So pretty!

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    1. Nope! Just found out, it's False Queen Anne's Lace. Whew!

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  4. I am glad you found out what the plant is - but such a pity for kitty cat that it is poisonous - and for you that you have to pull it out as it is very pretty. Happy gardening, have a great week and thank you for visiting my blog this week. It was great to meet you.

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    1. I haven't pulled it out yet. Molly won't visit the front until I do. I want to see if I might be able to dry the False Queen Anne's Lace.

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  5. Oh beautiful floral photos and Queen Annes Lace is so delicate looking too.

    Happy Midweek to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. I just remembered that once upon a time I wanted to grow Queen Anne's Lace. This is the closest yet. :-)

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  6. It's pretty. Glad it's not poisonous. Well, to humans.

    We should always be taught to question authority. And especially question authorities who are hostile to being questioned. If you've got nothing to hide...

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    1. I'm with you, Liz. Question authority. My parents didn't like that though when I questioned them, once upon a time. lol

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  7. Is it me or are you using a new theme? ... and it's good to be reminded, every now and then that not everything beautiful is harmless. :)

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    1. We finished watching Little Big Lies with Kidman, Witherspoon, Dern, and a whole lot of other good actors. "not everything beautiful is harmless" would make an appropriate tag line for the series. Yup, I'm using a new theme. Still haven't figured it all out yet, such as how do I look at the next post without first going to the home page. Also why the Husband can see the sidebar on his computer when we have the same model. Que sera, sera.

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  8. Too bad something so lovely and delicate it poisonous for fur-babies!

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    1. So true, Angie. Molly has avoided the plant so far but we never know when that might change. Out it goes today, after lunch.

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  9. It is a pretty poisonous plant. It does remind me of Queen Anne's lace. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

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    1. I've pulled out the plants (there were 2) and now Molly can wander safely around the front yard. Cheers to the new week, Eileen.

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