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Review - Lesley Ottey: Poisonous Plants in the Garden

The first thing Lesley said to us was to make a note of the 0800 POISON (0800-764766) telephone

number. Keep it beside your phone or inside your bathroom cabinet for emergencies; – it is a

continuous day and night service.

Lesley became aware of the toxicity of plants well before she had her children, so was fully prepared

to put barriers in place when her two “grazing” kids discovered the garden! An electric fence was

installed to repel them from the poisonous and dangerous plants.

Lesley brought in some photos of poisonous plants: foxgloves, green potatoes, rhododendrons, swan

plants, euphorbia, ivy to name a few. Foxgloves (digitalis) were the favoured choice of plant for

Edwardian wives for killing off their husbands! Some tramplers have learned the hard way, that the

adage “if one sees a native bird eat berries, the berries are safe for humans” is a myth. If you are

unsure, don’t eat it.

Lesley attended a wedding in the UK at which the fis...

May 10, 2016

Gordonia longicarpa syn. Polyspora longicarpa

Theaceae family

We found growing in far North Vietnam at near a town called Sapa in April 1992 growing in a stream.

Gordonia longicarpa has creamy petals and bright yellow golden stamens’ looking like a Camellia.

The flowers have crinkled texture and can be 3” to 4” wide one of more than 30 species found in the province of Yunnan, China  and Malaysia. G. longicarpa varies from shrub to large tree.

Prefer more acidic soil. Blooming late winter in the Blue Mountains. A very large tree or maintained shrub in the gardens shows an attractive winter blooms