Saturday, March 21, 2009

HORTICULTURAL LESSON



I was just poking around and transferring some photos to my new iMac and I came across this one, it occurred to me that some of you might not have seen it up this close before and might be interested. It's what we used to call 'sensi', from the Spanish for sin semilla, 'without seeds'.
Wiki has this to say and it's very accurate "Sinsemilla (literally meaning, "without seeds" in Spanish) refers to removing male plants from the grow environment before they have a chance to fertilize the females. The resultant cannabis contains more psychoactive compounds known as cannabinoid. The amount of cannabinoids in sinsemilla is considerably more in comparison to cannabis that has been grown in a pollinated environment, because the production of seeds requires an immense amount of energy, and if left unpollenated a female plant will divert all her energy to calyx production in an effort to catch pollen. This is especially desirable, as the calyx is where the highest concentration of trichomes exists, and the more densely packed a plant is with calyces, the greater psychoactive effect that plant will likely have."

The calyx is the tendril like parts and the glistening white spots are resin, the cannabinoids. This plant was a female about 6ft tall and covered in flowers, I used this picture as my Christmas card that year, it was taken with a Nikon F using a bellows extension on the 50mm. lens

21 comments:

ejaydee said...

Was this from your garden?

goneforeign said...

It wasn't a garden, it was in a large pot on a patio.

goneforeign said...

Something I've mentioned here before but still don't understand is that if you click on a photo in some cases it will increase dramatically in size, with others they actually decrease, check mine and TFD's vs. Carole's. It might have something to do with the resolution, ie. the number of pixels in the upload, I know mine was fairly large.

treefrogdemon said...

gf, my road-trip ones and your cannabis are photos we took ourselves - Carole found that album cover image online I expect.

saneshane said...

Hey there GF.

the Image size is to do with the pixels per inch and original picture size.

if you take a look at the Cadillac Ranch picture from TFD it's huge... this will be a straight upload from a digital camera.. good enough for an acceptable A3 print.

for the use on a screen like this. there is an option in photoshop (and others) of 'Image size' to speed up up-loading pictures some of us will reduce the size.. length and width first (it's not worth being bigger than a normal screen) then PPI size.. any screen image doesn't need to be more than 72pixels per inch.

My images and photos get saved 3 times
72 ppi for screen (.jpg)
150 ppi for low grade paper
300 ppi commercial offset-litho
360 ppi quality photo grade papers
(.psd -all info- .tif -page layout programs- depending on use)

with measurements the size of work I'm doing i.e: a3 a4 T-shirt.. It save loads of effort for the computer not to up-load to much information that isn't needed

Caroles picture will be the correct size for album art in iTunes..no need to be any bigger (I'm guessing)

goneforeign said...

Shane: Agreed on everything.
I put all my pics through Photoshop but I use image size manually to reduce them to 72/75 dpi and approx 4" by 6", this gives a 460K file which I then put through 'save for web' which drops it down much further but still retains decent image quality. This one I deliberately sized to 6" by 8" so that's probably why it enlarges the way it does.

treefrogdemon said...

Well, that was very thoughtless of me...I've now put a new Cadillac Ranch photo on which I've resized - if you enlarge it though you'll have to scroll along to see all 10 cars. And I've resized the one of Buddy's grave as well.

Thanks, saneshane.

ToffeeBoy said...

@ tfd - you may have resized the photo but you've still misspelled 'Holly' ...

;0)

ToffeeBoy said...

@ goneforeign - can you offer me some gardening advice. My rockery, which was once my pride and joy, has become increasingly overgrown with grass and invasive weeds. I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle - what can I do?

saneshane said...

toffeeboy
there's a joke about grass and weed right on the tip of my tounge.. but having listened to a lot of Shack and the Strands this weekend after your playlist.. I'd say keep of the rocks.

now over to GF with the gardening.

Shoey said...

You should call him Robert Plant.

goneforeign said...

Toffee: You need to do what I spent all today doing,
Yer pull 'em out!
At this time of year mother nature's determined to reclaim all the land she can, you put it off for a couple of weeks as I did 'cos we've been having some rain and it's twice as bad.
Pull out everything that you didn't plant, shake all the soil off the roots, hose it down and watch it return to it's former glory.
I've got at least two more full days, I'm clearing about a dozen raised vegetable and flower beds, today we moved 3 very full wheelbarrow loads.

ToffeeBoy said...

@ goneforeign - damn you for telling me what I didn't want to hear!! Why is there no magic wand answer???

OK, here's the plan - would someone please phone my work and let them know that I won't be in this week...

Mnemonic said...

If you're handy with a paint brush, you can also paint individual unwanted plant leaves with Roundup, being very careful not to spill any on plants you want to keep. This works well on pernicious beats with roots that have crept under rocks and boulders. You need to let the little buggers get a decent leaf size before you do it and it may need more than one go. I'm applying it to brambles that have their roots deep under my Anderson shelter on the allotment.

goneforeign said...

Now there's a thought! For years I've been intimidated by a blackberry bramble that runs the full width of my garden at the street, it's about 120 ft long and 10-15 ft deep, I've always wanted to get rid of it but never really wanted to start. Mnemonic may have the answer, I give it a thorough spraying with RoundUp when in full foliage and then put a match to it the following winter when it's dead. That could work and save an enormous amount of digging. Thank you!
The joys of an horticultural blog!

CaroleBristol said...

Yes, I got the image for those album sleeves online, so the size is set by whatever the size of the found image is.

Lovely closeup photo though, goneforeign.

tincanman said...

@ saneshane
Correct me if I am wrong, but if you email a photo while in Picassa, FastStone etc the default is to downsize it quite dramatically, giving it pretty good specs for uploading. So anyone who doesn't want to mess with resizingthe image can just email it to themselves and upload the attachment while the original stays unmangled.

Abahachi said...

I'm sorry, but speaking as the resident fanatical organic person, Roundup is EVIL, and every penny you thus donate to Monsanto - yes, Monsanto - supports the extermination of fluffy baby penguins in Africa.

Which is to say that I'm going cold turkey in Lower Bavaria for the next couple of weeks, so wanted to get it all out of my system now...

Mnemonic said...

I agree with most of the above but when the roots of the bramble go underneath a building. what else is there and, shock horror, there are no penguins in Africa.

treefrogdemon said...

Don't jackass penguins live in S Africa?

saneshane said...

@tin
not sure about Picassa, FastStone but as you say always keep an original with all the information..

my tech knowledge goes as far as what I need.. then drops off at an astonishing rate!