Sunday, February 16, 2014

PEARLS AND POISON and Mama's Running for City Council!


As you can tell from the title all does not go well. Somebody’s poisoned that Kip-the-scumbucket Seymour and Mamma’s the prime suspect.

I know she didn’t do it and you know she didn’t do it. So now we got to figure out how.

With a gun you pull the trigger and bam it’s over. With a knife it’s slash and dash, but with poison the possibilities are endless. Where do you get it? You just don’t walk into Walgreens and ask which aisle has the cyanide. How much do you need? Which ones work the best? What do you mix it in?

So, like I always do when I have a question, I hit the Google and there it was…plants! With Pearls and Poison set in Savannah there are lots and lots of plants year round. All I had to do was pick one…decisions, decisions.

Everyone knows Poinsettia berries are a big no-no but I bet you didn’t know those lovely spring daffodils you adore can cause big problems. You may not die; you’ll just be so sick you wish you were dead.

There's oleander all over Savannah and one plant could probably wipe out my neighborhood.  Good thing we never used the sticks to roast marshmallows!

Rhododendron, jasmine azaleas and wisteria, foxglove is so beautiful, they are the focal point of spring and toxic to extreme. The victim gets deathly ill then a coma and then he kisses his butt goodbye. 

Yew is fatal and has no symptoms you just keel right over. Up minute dead the next.

And then there’s Lantana, buttercups, foxglove, periwinkle Vinci rose. These are in every summer garden and pot and totally lethal. How can thing be so lovely and so deadly?
I can never feed Bruce Willis onions and chokecherries are pure death for horses.

When doing this research I was invited to a dinner party and asked to bring ice cream instead of the salad. Wonder why?

My customers at the Prissy Fox saw my poisonous plant books out there on the counter and went screaming from the shop.
I wonder who did in Scummy and I wonder how? Did they use one of these plants and how did they do it. 

Do you have a garden with any of these deadly posies? Let me know and I'll give away two Pearls and Poison totes from the replies.



Hugs,
Reagan Summerside
Pearls and Poison                                                                                                                                         March 2014








26 comments:

  1. Reagan, did they also ask you not to bring homemade ice cream?

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  2. Can't wait to read Pearls and Poison! We've got tons of snow right now but somewhere under there my garden waits. Love my foxglove and daffodils, rhododendron and azaleas...and my favorite lilies! NancyinNY hedghogmom at aol

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    1. Hi Nancy. My garden is under a foot of snow too...maybe some day we'll have a flower garden again.

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  3. We're too far north for some of those but I do have Lily-of-the-Valley, daffodils, narcissus, Japanese lanterns and several others. Your blog really caught my attention! Looks like an interesting book to check out and I think I'd be afraid of the salads as well. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Diane
      Amazing that some are so lovely and so deadly. Yikes

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  4. When I was a kid we lived in Phoenix and we played in the oleander bushes all the time we had tunnels through them. When the stems dried we pretend to smoke them. It's interesting there are so many innocent looking poisons around us. I am looking forward to reading"Pearls and Poison".

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    1. Melody, that you lived is amazing. Oleander is sooooo toxic. You die from just drinking the water the flowers have been in.

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  5. I've got a few, but afraid that this winter has devoured my beds. By the looks of things, I will be starting over. (sigh) However, I am looking forward to your "Pearls and Poison" it is definitely on my list!
    bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I wonder how much of my garden made it though this winter. It's been a dilly.
      Thanks for the kind thoughts on Pearls and Poison. I really appreciate it.

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  6. Here in south Florida we have lots or oleander. Care for some?

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  7. I have a ton in my back yard as well as the daffodils and lily of the valley etc. My garden is on big toxic dump. :-)
    Hugs

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  8. I don't have any of these flowers in my garden, -- they are very pretty!
    I enjoy this series!

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    1. Lucky you! I think plants should come with warning labels. :-)

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  9. Oh, my. I have a lot of daffodils. I am really looking forward to this book.

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    1. I have a ton of daffodils too. Thanks so much for the kind thoughts, I really appreciate it.

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  10. Right now any garden here is buried under more than a foot of snow. But in the spring we have daffodils and lily of the valley and rhododendron. We also have foxglove but we root that one out when we see it. I didn't realize that daffodils are poisonous. They are one of my favorite flowers. This looks like an excellent book. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Renee.
      Yep, my garden is buried too. Sleet today. Good grief. Thanks for the kind words about Pearls and Poison I really appreciate it.

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  11. I'm going to be checking out my garden as soon I as hit send!! Who knew?? My neighbor has daffodils. So pretty.

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    1. I know what you mean...never suspected my garden was so toxic.

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  12. I have lots of lily of the valley---didn't realize how poisonous it was until just a couple years ago.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Love Lilly of the Valley. The rule of thumb is if the flower faces downward it's poisonous.

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  13. Have oleander bush/shrub in my front yard. Actually, the entire subdivision has been landscape with at least one in every yard. What does that say about the neighborhood? I don't think anyone realizes what they are or how toxic. I didn't until a friend told me what it was. Now, I just I have that means when I have the motive& opportunity. ;). Just kidding.

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    1. Oleander is one of the worse. Every part is lethal. Just don't use them for marshmallows and kabobs. :-)
      Hugs

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  14. Renee W and Linda Rima won the Pearls and Poison totes.
    Everyone have a good day.
    Hugs

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  15. Renee and Linda please contact me DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com

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