Aug. 22nd, 2011
the common horse chestnut (aesculus hippocastanum) is native only to a small area in the balkans, but widely cultivated. we used to build people and animals from conkers and tooth picks when i was small. we did not play conkers with them. they're slightly poisonous, enough to make one sick to one's stomach -- yes, i do know that from youthfully ignorant experience (deer eat them so what could possibly go wrong?). great shade trees, beautiful in bloom.