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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snowdrops are just going off flower at the moment but did you know all parts are pisonous. Sometimes bulbs are mistaken for onions. Pisoning symptoms include dizziness, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. A fatal dose is said to result in trembling and convulsions prior to death. Galantamine a chemical from Snowdrops has been used to slow the progress of early onset Alzheimer's disease. Dangerous place the garden
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember the murder of poor Alexander Litvinenko who was suspected of being pisoned by Ricin a substance from the castor Oil Plant. it has since being discovered that that polonium-210 had been administered and was responsible for his death. The long arm of retribution reached out to let the world know they would not accept traitors. Anyway enough of that, I was looking for a book and came upon this Ricin :The inside story of the terror plot that never was.
In January 2003, the British media splashed the news that anti-terror police had disrupted an Al-Qaeda cell, poised to unleash the deadly poison ricin on the capital. Police had reportedly found traces of ricin, as well as a panoply of bomb and poison-making equipment in the cell's 'factory of death' - a shabby flat in north London. 'This danger is present and real, and with us now' announced prime minister Tony Blair. But, when the 'ricin plot' came to trial at the Old Bailey, a very different story emerged: there was no ricin and no sophisticated plot. Rarely has a legal case been so shamelessly distorted by government, media and security forces to push their own 'tough on terror' agendas. In this meticulously researched and compellingly written book, Lawrence Archer, the jury foreman at the trial, and journalist Fiona Bawdon, give the definitive story of the ricin plot, the trial and its aftermath i copied that bit from here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ricin-Inside-Story-Terror-Never/dp/0745329276/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359189858&sr=1-1 so what has it to do with poor Alexander nothing just interesting that Poisioning by Rictin which is from the castor oil plant is linked to both stories.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 'present and real' danger was Mr Blair himself. Twisted Evil

On the theme of poisonous plants perhaps it is the right time to mention hyacith bulbs. Some years back I was at Bridgemere Nurseries in Cheshire, where, at this time of year, they have a large department of pick-n-mix of bulbs.

I chose some lovely hyacinths and went to pay for them, before going for a coffee. While in the queue, I brushed hair out of my face. Within minutes my face and neck were burning and I had to leave the bulbs to go and wash my face. Good God it hurt! No long term damage was done, but there are now signs up warning about the irritant qualities of the papery bulbs. I was already a gardener of some years experience. But still had to learn the hard way the dark side of these beautiful flowers.

Been planting bulbs? 'Now wash your hands'! Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankyou for that timely advice, Sue.
As for clear and present danger, the US President Elect's recent appointees put Blair in the halfpenny place, methinks.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Advise of any form is good. Not sure if they do it here but a lot of garden centres in UK provide plastic gloves to pick and mix bulbs
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From childhood until my late teens, the sap of daffodils would bring me out in severe hives.
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