Re: [gardeners] re: unknown seeds

George Shirley (
Thu, 22 Jan 1998 10:05:55

At 09:39 PM 1/21/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>Get the botanical name of the shrub, and your worries are over.  Failing
>>all else, put the rest of the seed outdoors with your bird seed.  You may
>>some seedlings in the spring  --  of course, you won't recognize them
>>for what they are, but at least you got them to germinate. :-)
>I knew Kay and Tom would jump right in and reassure me that these seeds
>could occupy me nicely for the next few months.:-) In thinking, however,
>that they would not make very good bird seed, I realized that I ought to
>describe them, seeing as how they are quite distinctive: picture a very
>well done miniature sunny side up egg, 1/2 inch or so in diameter, rust
>colored throughout, the edges rippled and curled some. The bush was, if I
>remember correctly, quite thorny and over 6'. Anyone?
>Cheryl Schaefer
>Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY
Sounds like the famous Italian "fried egg thorn bush." Think it was named
by Il Duce in 1938.

George, grinning and picking