I thought I should try and make these musings a little more highbrow and decided that a piece of poetry to open might achieve that enhanced sophistication.
‘Hooray, hooray, the 1st of May,
Outdoor sex begins today.’
I haven’t been able to establish who wrote those lines but the notion does seem to be linked to the perception that anything to do with witches involves sex and, therefore, the celebration of Beltane on 1st May must have an erotic element.
I don’t know whether the date has an impact on the traffic for websites concerned with such matters but I do know that the other pastime that becomes more widely undertaken at this time of year, gardening, produces around a doubling of the number of visitors to this site.
I can only assume that, as people begin to plan for this year’s garden, they search for information about particular plants or even try and pin down the rumours they’ve heard about some plant being poisonous.
A very wide variety of search terms bring people to this site but, at this time of year, Laburnum is always the most popular. Looking back, it turns out that I wrote about Laburnum at about the same time last year so the same must have been happening then.
And, of course, what I wrote then about having to go a long way back into history to find poisoning incidents involving the golden chain tree is just as true today.
So, if you’ve found this page as a result of searching to see how fearful you should be of Laburnum, please be re-assured. You almost certainly have other plants in your garden that are as capable, if not more, of causing poisoning as this very attractive tree and, just like those others, the chances of serious poisoning resulting from it are very small indeed as long as you educate your children about not eating anything they find in the garden unless they know for sure that it is safe.
I wrote last week that I had tried Rhododendron to see if the taste would be a deterrent. It occurs to me I’ve never tried the seedpods of Laburnum. I’ll have to remember to give a seed a try later in the year so that, this time next year, I can add the information about taste.
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