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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:40 pm 
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just made this for my wife. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:50 pm 
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You must love her very much. :wink:

Nice job. Is it marzipan?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:54 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
You must love her very much. :wink:

Nice job. Is it marzipan?


I'm the only one who likes marzipan.
It is mainly royal icing.
And yes, she is a very special wife & mother.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:43 am 
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CAKE! Love it! That is a truly fabulous work of art, love and devotion.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:36 pm 
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ImageCan some kind soul ID this for me?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:44 pm 
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ImageCan some kind soul ID this for me?


A Laurel bush of some kind, leaves look too thick and shiny to be a Bay. Can be cut down and composted, but not burned as the fumes from Laurels are toxic.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:51 pm 
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rhododendron?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:52 pm 
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Thanks, I thought it may be some kind of Laurel. Does any wildlife eat the berries?

Wasn't planning on cutting it down - it's a nice corner to the garden. I will need to prune it back though, as it's gone a bit nuts this summer.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:12 pm 
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Thanks, I thought it may be some kind of Laurel. Does any wildlife eat the berries?

Wasn't planning on cutting it down - it's a nice corner to the garden. I will need to prune it back though, as it's gone a bit nuts this summer.



It does form a good dense barrier plant – often used by default by municipals for boundary and screening hedging. But it's toxic and poisonous to life.

Care needs to be taken when handling prunings, chippings, leaves and berries. The leaves and berries contain cyanolipids which can release cyanide and benzaldehyde. An almond smell is often associated with it. Never burn Laurel prunings as the smoke fumes are toxic.

This may explain why you don't see much wildlife in it.

Never confuse the leaves with Bay or Myrtle.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:59 pm 
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Ah, OK, so nasty all round then!


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