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I didn't want to hijack the other, legitimate yard art thread with this pic. 


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Well since this thread's illegitimate...
I really think his'n'hers cucurbits would be nice.  Maybe zucchinis and melons?
 
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Leila Rich wrote:
I really think his'n'hers cucurbits would be nice. 



Oh, you reminded me of a native cucurbit-style plant I saw on a wild edibles walk, and now I can't recall the name of it! It was something like "man melon" and it is not edible. I couldn't get over the name because the melons were about golf ball to baseball sized with pointy/thorny tiny little spines covering them. Does anyone know what plant I mean?

Did I really type that? 
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
Oh, you reminded me of a native cucurbit-style plant I saw on a wild edibles walk...



Found it! It's called manroot or old-man-in-the-ground (Marah oregana) because of its massive taproot. I should credit Nature Notes by Dr. Frank Lang with helping me find the name.



Photo credit Paul Slichter at http://science.halleyhosting.com/nature/gorge/5petal/cuke/marah.htm.

The fruit and seeds are poisonous.

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The lost posts from the move wouldn't be as funny the second time around.
 
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When my daughter was younger she always tagged along in the shop. One summer she got into a birdhouse building frenzy. I was hard pressed to come up with some innovative ideas but here are two that are still on the property and have had several avian families.
It was fun to watch the creative juices flow after I made some initial suggestions and she started comnig up with her own ideas.

Toilet bowl floats, tea pots, coffee pots old lanterns,hub caps, coconuts, kitchen canisters, she had a ball and sold out at the Saturday Markets.
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