Why would you use new dirt for a bouquet? Canadians are weird.
Ah yes, a trap for the unwary. We have a couple of native species of Convulvulus: Convolvulus angustissimus and Convolvulus erubescensThere may be a few others too. Wouldn't surprise me.
Quote from: osmanthus on September 02, 2017, 02:03:02 PMAh yes, a trap for the unwary. We have a couple of native species of Convulvulus: Convolvulus angustissimus and Convolvulus erubescensThere may be a few others too. Wouldn't surprise me.Hey, it's Australia, don't all plants there strangle everything they can? Except, of course, the spiders. And the snakes. And ... ... Is there anything there that is not poisonous or deadly or somehow obnoxious?
Quote from: RAFH on September 03, 2017, 07:08:21 AMQuote from: osmanthus on September 02, 2017, 02:03:02 PMAh yes, a trap for the unwary. We have a couple of native species of Convulvulus: Convolvulus angustissimus and Convolvulus erubescensThere may be a few others too. Wouldn't surprise me.Hey, it's Australia, don't all plants there strangle everything they can? Except, of course, the spiders. And the snakes. And ... ... Is there anything there that is not poisonous or deadly or somehow obnoxious? Some of the sheep.
Death held out a hand. I WANT, he said, A BOOK ABOUT THE DANGEROUS CREATURES OF FOURECKS-Albert looked up and dived for cover, receiving only mild bruising because he had the foresight to curl into a ball.After a while Death, his voice a little muffled, said: ALBERT, I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD GIVE ME A HAND HERE.Albert scrambled up and pulled at some of the huge volumes, finally dislodging enough of them for his master to clamber free.HMM... Death picked up a book at random and read the cover. "DANGEROUS MAMMALS, REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, BIRDS, FISH, JELLYFISH, INSECTS, SPIDERS, CRUSTACEANS, GRASSES, TREES, MOSSES, AND LICHENS OF TERROR INCOGNITA, " he read. His gaze moved down the spine. VOLUME 29C, he added. OH. PART THREE, I SEE.He glanced up at the listening shelves. POSSIBLY IT WOULD BE SIMPLER IF I ASKED FOR A LIST OF THE HARMLESS CREATURES OF THE AFORESAID CONTINENT?They waited.IT WOULD APPEAR THAT-"No, wait master. Here it comes."Albert pointed to something white zigzagging lazily through the air. Finally Death reached up an caught the single sheet of paper.He read it carefully and then turned it over briefly just in case anything was written on the other side."May I?" said Albert. Death handed him the paper."'Some of the sheep, '" Albert read aloud. "Oh, well. Maybe a week at the seaside'd be better, then."WHAT AN INTRIGUING PLACE, said Death. SADDLE UP THE HORSE, ALBERT. I FEEL SURE I'M GOING TO BE NEEDED.
Still - I've had several Australians point out that all of their poisonous/venomous/toxic/dangerous animals and plants together don't equal the absolutely terrifying megafauna, both carnivorous and herbivorous, that haunt the wilds and sometimes the towns and villages of North America. You could don a pair of good ankle boots and long pants and wander freely almost anywhere in Australia and be fully protected from inadvertent contact with biting stinging things, but in North America? GIANT BEARS WILL KILL YOU AND EAT YOU! VERY LARGE CATS MAY STALK YOU, BITE YOU IN THE HEAD, AND KILL YOU AND EAT YOU! GIANT PACKS OF CANIDS MAY HUNT YOU DOWN AND KILL YOU AND EAT YOU! Last but certainly not least, GIANT DEER WITH ANTLERS THE SIZE OF BATHTUBS MAY RUN YOU DOWN AND STOMP YOU TO DEATH!Makes drop bears look kinda cuddly.
Drop bears are cuddly. Sharks aren't poisonous. You guys are such drama queens...
If your home was getting constantly knocked down and your kids run over by cars, you'd be cranky too
Fair point.Taipans are cool. Dunno why people freak out about taipans.
Early lifeAfter leaving school, Budden worked as a retail assistant in Randwick, New South Wales. At this time he joined the Australian Reptile Club and began hunting snakes as a hobby. He built his own snake pit and spent weekends in the bush collecting snakes. In 1948 he caught some 59 snakes and was bitten five times.Taipan capture and deathIn March 1950, Budden traveled to Queensland with two colleagues in an attempt to find and capture a taipan for the purpose of antivenom research. The group had previously visited Cape York and the Northern Territory on a similar quest. On July 27 Budden found a six-foot taipan near Cairns. While attempting to bag the snake, he was bitten on his left thumb. Budden was able to place the captured snake in a bag, and was taken for medical treatment. Although doctors were initially hopeful he would recover, he died the following afternoon.The captured snake was sent alive to the Commonwealth Research Laboratories in Melbourne, where its venom was successfully milked by zoologist David Fleay, who was at that time the director of Healesville Sanctuary. Venom from the captured taipan was instrumental in researching and developing an antivenom, which became available in 1955....In a 2014 article published in the Journal of Proteomics, University of Queensland venomologist Bryan Fry reported finding specimens of the venom harvested from the taipan that killed Budden. His study found that the venom had retained its toxicity after almost sixty years in dry storage.
Quote from: MSG on September 03, 2017, 03:32:04 PMIf your home was getting constantly knocked down and your kids run over by cars, you'd be cranky too Obviously, MSG has never been killed by the Aussie wildlife. Until he or she has, I suggest we ignore his or her comments. Those of Osmanthus as well. Obvious shills for the Aussie tourism and real estate industries. I mean, why would the Brits, normally pretty rational folks, send all their criminals there if it is was so wonderful?