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Aug 22, 2010 11:59 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Larry, i am fully aware that there are a lot of Toxic plants that are listed that are indeed relatively harmless to some people, but not to others. The person I know who Bleeding heart really does hurt, does not have to ingest it at all, they just have to brush against it or touch it. Then their skin goes mad and they end up in severe pain. The same thing happens to those in Horticulture who grow bedding for the Parks Department. Due to sheer volume they handle, especially geraniums, for some reason after a couple of years if they get touched by a single hair off the leaves their skin erupts.
Whilst doing my Apprenticeship for seven years I went to college for five years of that once a week, I was asked by the Parks Department to study Toxicology as part of my course. The reason was because the Councils own Landscape Architects had no idea about plants at all, and indeed still don't. It took the unfortunate death of a small child to wake them up that some plants are poisonous. This terrible incident could have been avoided if the Landscape Architect had, had someone to ask. Instead he just put some climbing Solanum's around the corners of a children's playground. That is not wise to say the least. I would never say don't grow anything to anyone, it is just nice to know that some plants are pretty but can also be quite harmful. Most of it is commonsense, but people see things like Aconitum in the Gardening magazines and buy it, this is not a good idea if you have youngsters around as all parts of the plants are lethal. It does not tell you in the Gardening catalogs that a US T.V. presenter died recently whilst on a camping trip because he ate a tiny bit of it!
Weedwhacker, there is no such thing as a weed, it is simply a plant in the wrong place.
Have you ever seen a weeping ash, well you have now.
Regards.
Neil.
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