Mystical Trumpets

Today I decided to combine in my post Gardening, Science and potential life saving advice or motivation to get you high as a kite depending on your common sense.

I was compiling a list of various hallucinogenic and mind altering plants but before I make that post I wanted to focus on 2 of them and see if anyone at all is interested. There is about 50 I found and that’s without going into their families or strains.

So why the mystical trumpets? That’s because one of the plants is commonly called Angels Trumpet and the other is often called Devils Trumpet hence the mystical.

Lets start with the angel trumpet which I had to research and then move to devils trumpet which I know a bit more personally then just from the internet.

Burgmansia – Known as the Angels Trumpet is a large shrub or a small tree whatever you like to call it coming from the Solanaceae family.

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As you can see it looks beautiful and is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens even though it is on the red list of extinct plants. Many people are not aware what this plant can do. The name comes from the pendulous flowers it has. They come in shades of white, yellow, pink, orange, green, and red. Most have a strong, pleasing fragrance that is most noticeable in the evening like with many other plants. I’m sure your inner Pinkman is anxious now so let’s get to the effects.

All parts of this plant are toxic especially seed and leaves so if you were touching this plant and then you accidentally rubbed your eyes, well get ready for a nasty trip. Yes that is enough to get you high. What can you expect after consumption? Apart from seeing wild shit, howling at the moon and beating down the cops that come to arrest you because you will get aggressive here are some medical effects; Headache, dry skin, dry mouth, dilated pupils, cycloplegia which paralyses certain muscle in your eyes and causes your pupils to stay dilated regardless of light intensity, increased heart rate, diarrhea, confusion, visual and auditory hallucinations paralyses of soft muscles and death. Are you tempted to try it? Most accounts if not all were described as Terrifying rather than pleasurable.  To give you a better idea I allowed myself to copy an extract from an account made by Swiss naturalist and explorer Johann von Tschudi on an individual who ingested Burgmansia.

“Soon after, the man fell into a dull brooding, he stared vacantly at the ground, his mouth was closed firmly, almost convulsively and his nostrils were flared. Cold sweat covered his forehead. He was deathly pale. The jugular veins on his throat were swollen as large as a finger and he was wheezing as his chest rose and sank slowly. His arms hung down stiffly by his body. Then his eyes misted over and filled with huge tears and his lips twitched convulsively for a brief moment. His carotids were visibly beating, his respiration increased and his extremities twitched and shuddered of their own accord. This condition would have lasted about a quarter of an hour, then all these actions increased in intensity. His eyes were now dry but had become bright red and rolled about wildly in their sockets and all his facial muscles were horribly distorted. A thick white foam leaked out between his half open lips. The pulses on his forehead and throat were beating too fast to be counted. His breathing was short, extraordinarily fast and did not seem to lift the chest, which was visibly fibrillating. A mass of sticky sweat covered his whole body which continued to be shaken by the most dreadful convulsions. His limbs were hideously contorted. He alternated between murmuring quietly and incomprehensibly and uttering loud, heart-rending shrieks, howling dully and moaning and groaning.”

While another person made tea from it which is a common practice, just after one cup amputated his penis and tongue. So next time you will see this plant will you lick the leaves or keep your distance?

Datura – Has gathered more names over the time, you may know it as Devils Trumpet, Moonflowers, Jimsonweed, Devil’s weed, Hell’s Bells and Thorn-apple. Despite these names made to warn people, many like to try it but never twice.

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It is also an ornamental plant and looking at the fruits I think it was growing in our small garden back in Poland and if I’m wrong it was definitely growing around town.

This plant is very toxic and highly dangerous with its strength depending on age location and whether but even the so-called weak strains can easily kill you. Sadly some time ago there was a trend between teenagers to eat it and see what happens, hopefully it’s gone now. Due to high concentration of tropane alkaloids and anticholinergic substances it contains, it makes it impossible for the person to differentiate fantasy from reality. Sounds cool doesn’t it? but would something that gets its name from the devil give you pleasure? have a think. So when you are running around town thinking it’s fairy land or hell, dealers choice, you are unaware your pupils are getting extremely dilated and will suffer from photophobia for several days, your heart is beating like crazy and you are going into hyperthermia and your body overheats while often behaving bizarre or violently with possible amnesia. Also the effects last from 24-36hrs. Children are more vulnerable to poisoning from it than adults and like me they like to play with its fruits, while sometimes bees can collect nectar from its flowers poisoning everyone who eats their honey. Maybe that’s why I often seen ghosts in the building opposite of mine when I was a child.

Abuse of Cocaine, Amphetamines, Ecstasy and Related Drugs, Few substances have received as many severely negative recreational experience reports as Datura. Majority found their experiences extremely unpleasant both mentally and physically. I have never tried it and never will intentionally but a person I hold dear gave into that trend long time ago and seeing him suffer the effects from it has burnt in my mind listening to him talking with imaginary people, seeing his mother crying and hitting him hoping to snap out of it while he just laughed was heartbreaking.

Tell me if anyone would like a longer list of mind altering plants maybe you have some in your garden and don’t know their properties like Salvia or Morning Glory. And remember trumpets are bad for you even brass if people can’t play them.

Garden as a gift

A while ago my parents decided to make Paulina and me a special surprise and decided to speed up our plan for the new home and fulfill our long-awaited dream.

Since we both moved out to live together many years ago we couldn’t find a place for ourselves, that place of our own. First we moved in to a small house with a crazy lady, we did our best to be polite but in the end it was impossible to live with her. In desperation we started looking for another place to rent but there was nothing on the market that was suitable. Luckily at the time my parents were forced to move out due to landlord selling the property just like we did 2 months ago. Fortunately for us they decided to rent a bigger house and offer us a room until we find something to rent. It was meant to last for no longer then 3 months, that’s what I hoped for but it turned  out to be 2 years. Living there was good and easy no complaints but it wasn’t our place, we were tired of living with other people. Almost two years ago we finally moved out to live on our own, we rushed to whole process but it was necessary (long story for another time). It was a small apartment nothing exciting but it was ours and oh my we felt free. We could do whatever we want whenever we want without disturbing others or being judged. Having a dog didn’t make living in apartment easy and when second dog came it was even harder. For a long while we were dreaming of a house instead of an apartment, with rooms that take more than two steps to walk through, a proper kitchen and mostly a big garden for the dogs to play and our pleasure. Following that dream I always wanted to have my own garden to have the joy of watching the things I plant bloom. Probably because all my family is into gardening some in their private gardens while the rest works as professional gardeners and seeing their work made me want to try it as well.

Things finally fell in place maybe not in perfect conditions but we made it work we finally have a big house for the two of us and large garden, everything was looking great. So we decided to give chase to that small dream and make our plain bald garden beautiful. We went shopping and by occasion picked up few flowers, two lovely Dahlias and few small bedding plants that looked very dead and mostly are. Eagerly we planted our first plants together and it looked great until it started raining and we realized that we planted the flowers in a spot where the water gathers the most and they drowned.

It was sad to see but we stayed positive and started planing further as two flowers on a 10 meter stretch just doesn’t look right. The extension was getting postponed due to lack of time and priorities, and in a way I’m glad it did. One evening my father called me asking if they can come visit and he might also get us something for the garden we were delighted for their visit and a third plant would be nice too.

This is where they surprised us and I was lost for words when I saw the unloading the car. Tools, soil, fences, fertilisers, plants, plants and more plants. I still wonder how they fit it all in that not so big car. Being blown away by supplies they brought we instantly got to work, that is my father and I were digging and doing all the hard work and the ladies were sipping wine and bossing us around which apparently is the natural order.

First we had to outline the area and get rid of grass and move around the soil to make it all level, and place the small wood fence, also lets face it the garden was ugly before. Please don’t mind me work clothes and caught in bad moment.20617131_1417328184971437_4738102803377022689_o

Then the fun began, stunned at the amount of flowers we turned to the ladies to plan out the layout and put them in trial positions before digging. 20615966_1417328324971423_8854705265228060167_o

Qucikly after that rain caught us so it was perfect time for dinner which Paulina made, chicken with pineapple, rice and some lovely sauce served inside a drilled out pineapple half. If you’d be interested in me posting food recipes let me know Paulina makes some lovely dishes.

Back to the garden it was time to put the flowers and a tree in the ground. The process was fairly swift and really enjoyable and unfortunately not much needs to be said about it so I listed the plants we have currently in our garden, if that wasn’t enough they bought us another small tree and a bush plant. Also I am very excited as they brought me a Gooseberry bush which I love eating unfortunately they are not as common in Ireland as in Poland. It also has to be kept in a bigger pot instead of ground as it can quickly invade a large portion of the garden, not that I would complain but it wouldn’t look as nice.

Currently we have 60+ and coming plants which are: Roses white and red, Pink lilies, Dahlias – different colours and types including dwarf,  few types of hydrangea, Cosmos Sonata and Bipimatus, Lobelia fan F1 scarlet and Lobelia bedding bush, Antirrhinum sonnet yellow and pink, Fuchsias, Aster mix, Leucanthemum Snow Lady, Clematis. For larger plants in bush/tree category we have: Salix – Flamingo pink tree, Choisya – Aztec Pearl, Shrubs – Snowball Tree and Gooseberry bush.