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bensgarden

Small narrow garden behind a family house with an even smaller fish pond in a village in the middle of Europe. It's a great place to relax.

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata'

  • Season Icon Early AutumnEarly Autumn 2018
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bensgarden

Mature #seed #cones with typical bright red berry-like cover called an aril. We ate it when I was a kid. Not that it was a delicacy. It’s very sweet, true. But more important was for us to try it because the seed inside is poisonous and must be spit out.🤢 #irishyew #taxus

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columbiariver

Beautiful picture ben. Glad you knew to spit out the seed!

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awomanonabike

Great photo. You dare devils! Did you know that the bark of the Pacific and the European Yews are the source of paclitaxel and docetaxel respectively - chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer?

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bensgarden

Thank you very much Laura! When I recall everything we did as children, it is small miracle that we have survived without any harm😉. @columbiariver

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bensgarden

Thank you very much Jacqueline! You know childhood. Everything forbidden is very tempting. I had no idea of the content of these substances. Very interesting information, thanks! Is this just in the bark or in the red pack of the seeds too? @awomanonabike

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columbiariver

You boys will try anything, wont you Ben? 😉 I'm fascinated by Jacqueline contribution. What a miraculous plant this is. @awomanonabike

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awomanonabike

I think it is just in the bark Ben but not 100% certain

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alan1111

I was always told that yew poisonous, never had the nerve to try one. Your brave to try it.

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bensgarden

I have never consumed too much of them, if I remember. It was more a matter of “honor”. When the others ate it, I had to eat too. And also forbidden magic 😉. @alan1111

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alan1111

Lol I know what you mean

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bensgarden

#irishyew immature #seed #cones I have group of five of these columnar shaped shrubs in my garden as a vertical element in front of the fence. #taxus #foliage

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