Friday, 23 December 2016

gardens of death, again

A final indulgence for the deep glooms of December before entering Christmas; meet the poison garden.




Like many people, I first encountered this concept as the Garden of Death in You Only Live Twice. I didn't read many Bond books - possibly just this one - but Dr Guntram Shatterhand's plant list made a lasting impression. The idea of the black garden full of poison plants has appealed to others, as well; and there is more of an echo of Blofeld's protective gardening suit of samurai armour and beekeeper hat about head gardener Trevor Jones as he tends the Duchess of Northumberland's poison garden.

Fumaroles, Piranhas and venomous snakes are presumably not included.

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