I've set myself a task that, I think, will take me into the spring to complete. I'm updating/editing all the pages in the A to Z section of this site.
The idea for this website goes back to, probably, 2006 or 2007 but I did not start work on it until after I had finished working for the Alnwick Garden in May 2008. The intention was to get more information about poisonous plants online as quickly as possible and the site was up and running quite quickly based on the research I had done for myself in the previous five years.
I deliberately did not try and provide every piece of information about every plant because I wanted to hold some material back for my talks and some for my book. I took the view that people visiting a website are looking for quick bites of information not full stories and kept the web pages focussed on brief summaries rather than full anecdotes.
Over the past five years, I have made additions and amendments to quite a number of the pages but I have done so in an ad hoc manner without keeping a note of when changes have been made.
I’ve decided now to go through the whole section systematically and keep a note of the date I make changes. I’ve also set myself the task of revising no more than two pages a day so as to ensure I give each proper consideration and don’t end up rushing the task.
I’m approaching the job strictly alphabetically; so far there are uploaded changes to Abrus precatorius (rosary pea) Aconitum lycoctonum (wolfsbane) Aconitum napellus (monkshood) and the page I wrote attempting to understand whether absinthe deserves its reputation.
The point of blogging about this is to invite you to offer your comments and criticisms of the existing pages so that I can take account of them as I make the revisions. What I’d love to get, of course, are unpublished individual encounters with poisonous plants.
I still haven’t got to grips with how to protect the submission of comments from hijackers so please use the main contact form to let me know about anything you think I should have on this site.
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