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Pontifications on Poison

Being some ramblings on events associated with poisonous plants.

Sunday 3rd June 2012

When I started out, yesterday, by writing about the Jim Clark Rally I did so with the intention of showing some photos of the beauty around at the moment; beauty that usually comes with a large measure of peace and quiet but not this weekend.

But then I got side-tracked into considering who should say what risks we can take and which should be discouraged/banned.

As I’d got some rather colourful pictures from the local area as well as my own garden, I thought I’d use them today.

In the garden, the Aconitum napellus, monkshood is starting to flower revealing both the vibrancy of its colour and the delicate complexity of the flower.

Aconitum napellus, monkshood

And, as more of the flowers open along the plant, it is easy to see why it has the alternative common name ‘soldier’s helmet’

Aconitum napellus, monkshood 

The first of the Digitalis, foxglove has started to flower.

Digitalis, foxglove 

And I think this is going to be a very good year for them given the number that are preparing to flower in all parts of the garden. I just let them grow where they will.

The Artemisia absinthium, wormwood, shows its silvery green foliage to best advantage when it catches a little sunlight.

Artemisia absinthium, wormwood 

Away from my own garden, the predominant colours at the moment seems to be yellow and greeny-yellow.

There’s no doubting the effect of a Laburnum in flower, whether it is against a bright blue sky…


…or close-up enough to see the folds in the petals


If anything, the yellow of the Ranunculus, buttercup, is even more striking than the Laburnum.

Ranunculus, buttercup 

But for contrast and complexity this Euphorbia in a local garden centre’s car park takes some beating.


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