You only have to take a look at the index to the right of this piece to see that I haven’t written very much this year. This is not the place to go into the reasons for that but I mention it to explain why I didn’t notice, when it happened, that the code of practice on how to prevent the spread of Jacobaea vulgaris (syn. Senecio jacobaea), common ragwort, was withdrawn on 12th April 2016.
The DEFRA website doesn’t offer any explanation for its withdrawal. All I can find is the suggestions that it is technical rather than any change of mind about the provisions of the COP. That is, changes in the Common Agricultural Policy mean that references to things like ‘Set aside’ are no longer relevant...more
It’s been a good year for growing stuff. At least, it seems that way to me. I added that second sentence because I have to acknowledge that it is only my belief that plants, in general, have thrived in this year’s weather rather than the result of any sort of scientific assessment countrywide.
One plant that I would say is more abundant than previous years is Jacobaea vulgaris (syn. Senecio jacobaea), common ragwort. For a number of years, people have claimed that this plant is spreading but a lot of that has been based simply on local and highway authorities reducing the amount of verge cutting they do leaving more of the plants in place to be seen...more
Though I was very happy to act on a request to Retweet this account of the accidental poisoning of a 2-year old girl by Digitalis, foxgloves, I thought I would also blog about it in the hope of giving it wider distribution.
As well as being a detailed account of how the poisoning occurred, the effects it produced and the level of care provided to both the child and her parents during the child’s stay in hospital, I was struck by the author’s concern to make clear that this was a very rare incident and that people should not become hysterical about foxgloves...more
It has taken until today for something to get me writing in 2016. What finally seemed worth giving more than 140 characters to is a timely reminder of the most frequent cause of accidental plant poisoning. I’m hoping this short account will make people aware of the risks and may save some from a most unpleasant few hours.
When giving my ‘Lethal Lovelies’ talk, audiences are always surprised when I say that the plants that more people tell me about than any others are from the Narcissus genus, that is the daffodils...more
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