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Dragon hug by dolanhThe traditional way to mark St George's Day in England, at least among journalusts*, seems to be discussing why, or how, it's celeberated*. Obviously, I'm on the dragon's side. But I thought I'd try something celebratory this year -- such as defeating evil.

I'm talking about nettles. Stinging nettles that hide in the tall grass, then suddenly, as you're innocently gathering foodstuffs for bunnies, or walking around barefoot, or possibly doing handstands, they leap in the way only plants can. Nettles are rather a useful sort of plants, apparently, which can be used for their fibres, as a fertilizer, or to make all sorts of food and drink (within limits**) -- yet people rarely sing their praises. In fact, I doubt these plants are coveted anywhere, even where they're most exotic and difficult to grow.

So today I put on my fightin' rubber gloves and went out to face the beast. A few hours later and they've been boiled, blended and seasoned beyond recognition. Washed down with a good English ale as suggested by the Beeb, I think that's a suitable way to mark the day of the George. It's either that, or hug a dragon.

* All typos intentionally left in.
** Nettle tea will always seem a bit like grass tea.

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Date: 2014-04-24 09:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] whatistigerbalm
I want to hug a dragon *and* have some nettle soup. Speaking of hugging dragons, how free are you guys these days?

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Date: 2014-04-25 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] whatistigerbalm
In that case I shall bother you! :D

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Date: 2014-04-27 09:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] red_trillium
Well, nettles do have a fiery sting much like a dragon would yes? So your defeating them on St George's Day makes sense! I've coveted them but only because we have some neighbor kids who insist on pulling leaves & flowers off plants. We don't have much planted out front but what little there is out there is protected as best as we can in chicken wire cages. At least 1 is a neighbor kid, she's maybe 4 or 5? and even after being asked several times not to (in front of her mother) still will pull them off. After one particularly frustrating day where she'd pulled the petals off a beautiful hibsicus flower that had the audacity to grow outside the chicken wire I was really considering planting nettles. If we didn't live along a path that neighbors & their company walked regularly I would plant some native nettles.

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Date: 2014-05-01 09:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] red_trillium
The roses are safely out the back and behind a locked gate. She'd just pull the petals off if that was the case. Still tempting sometimes ;)

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