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Jul 6, 2010 12:17 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thanks Linda, Kathy, and Rannveig, for your comments.

Linda--Thanks for the beautiful photo. Interesting that there's a move afoot to breed the opium out of Papaver somniferum. Regarding hemp, farmers in our area grew it during WWII for its fiber. It subsequently escaped field cultivation and now comes up like weeds in our gardens. We're constantly pulling it! I suppose that technically, we're breaking the law by having marijuana on our property, even though we didn't plant it.

I wrote an article on hemp some time ago for Dave's Garden. If you like, you can find it here:

Rannveig--Thanks for the great garden shot. I can see the poppies there next to the foxglove. All the photos of your garden I've seen so far are gorgeous. They certainly help to negate the myth that nothing grows in Iceland!
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