Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:39
Hi, again, Lou. We cant keep meeting like this
the forum had a big discussion about aconitums...monkshood a few weeks back
prob that newspaper story gave too much blame to the plant.
however, I would not be without mine.
I grow them where children cannot touch them or where passers by dont brush against them. It is not sensible to plant by the front door,,by a path, etc.
monkshood has been grown for hundreds of years.....how many have died from them? Ok, some famous people and some enemies of mine have perished but accidental deaths are few and far between.
I have aconitums just about to flower and they are stunning plants.
our gardens...our environment....are full of toxic and dangerous plants. Giant hogweed, for example, is a much bigger threat. Only last week some children were hospitalised because of terrible permanent blisters caused by comtact with hogweed. At a local park yuccas are being grown....they are about 60 cm high and right by the pathway. Just imagine a child or anyone bending down into those?