Poisonous plants in a little Poison Bottle
In the Vase on Monday this week is staged in a little blue bottle. When I saw this little cobalt blue bottle on a stand at The Kenilworth Castle Fair at the weekend, just a couple of £s, I knew straight away that I would get it to stage this week's In a Vase on Monday. It is an old poison bottle with ridges and the words
NOT TO BE TAKEN
When we visited Alnwick Castle just a few weeks back I had two guided tours of the Poison Garden. There were some gruesome tales, and I have at least two toxic plants in the garden.
The lovely blue Aconitum growing under the fence from my neighbour, and a little Euphorbia with which I have a love hate relationship. I love it in the spring when it comes up with its acid green, then by now it is usually scraggy...and I cut it down, being very careful to wear long sleeves, trousers and gloves.
Today as I was looking for something to set off the lovely blue of the Aconitum, I saw that the Euphorbia is just about to flower a second time. Both plants are toxic and need to be handled with care. However the bees loves both these plants.
I'm not the first to use Aconitums this year in In a Case on Monday, so it is their inspiration which inspired this posting.
Cathy who is the instigator of this theme, has posted a beautiful calm bouquet. There is so much inspiration from other contributors too, and I am continually adding to my understanding of plants, and maybe new additions for my garden.