The Lad inspired this post. He knows I love flowers, and saw an article and said it reminded him of me. After reading it, I didn't know whether to take it as a compliment or insult. He always tells me I'm pretty but deadly, or he'll tell people I'm a Penis Fly Trap!!!!! I apparently lure men in then suck them in?!?! That might be true, but deadly??? The article did surprise me though and fond it interesting. When it comes to nature, the general rule of thumb is this: The dangerous stuff looks scary, and the harmless stuff looks beautiful (or, at the very least, unassuming). So it might be a surprise, then, to learn that some plants and flowers in our own gardens—often beautiful, always unassuming—rank among the most dangerous things on the planet. Did you know about some of these?
Known for it's striking flowers in the summer, parts of the oleander plant contain cardiac glycosides that cause acute cardias toxicity and serve digestive issues.
White Snake Root
White snakeroot, is a poisonous herb found in North America that contains a toxic alcohol called tremetol. But just how poisonous is this plant? Well, back when explorers were first settling Indiana and Ohio in the early 19th century, it’s estimated that up to half of their deaths—including that of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln—were caused by indirectly ingesting white snakeroot.
If you know anything about water hemlock, then it’s likely that you’re familiar with the plant’s claim to fame: killing Socrates. According to the USDA, this plant contains the toxin cicutoxin, which, when ingested, acts directly on the central nervous system. In the most extreme cases, that could result in grand mal seizures and death.
Lily of the Valley
One of my favorites! This perennial outdoor ornamental herb, a popular staple of outdoor gardens everywhere, can actually be incredibly toxic. Its toxicity comes from the cardiac glycosides and saponins present in the plants, which can affect the heart if eaten. Lily of the valley is so toxic, in fact, that the CBIF notes cases where both people and animals have fallen ill by merely drinking water the plant was in.
The foxglove plant produces digoxin, an active ingredient in medications that prevent heart failure. According to the NCPC, by ingesting foxglove, you’re essentially “taking an unregulated dose of heart medicine,” which can, ironically, cause heart failure. As such, you should keep this plant far, far away from children and animals.
When it comes to dangerous plants in your backyard, wisteria is one of the worst ones there is. According to one case study from the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the wisteria plant can cause headaches, gastroenteritis, hematemesis, dizziness, confusion, diaphoresis, and, frighteningly, syncopal episodes (or temporary drops in blood flow to the brain that result in a loss of consciousness and control of the muscles). These symptoms typically last for five to seven days after eating more than a few berries from the plant—if they don’t kill you.
If you seek help quickly, ingesting daffodils won’t kill you. However, according to the NCPC, ingestion can be fatal to small children and pets if left untreated. And while all parts of a daffodil contain the toxic chemical lycorine, it’s the oxalates—or toxic chemicals found in the plant’s bulb—that do the most damage to your body.
As far as the poisonous nature of the popular hydrangea plant is concerned, only the flower buds are truly harmful when ingested, according to the Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility. If consumed, humans can experience an upset stomach, skin irritation, and, in more serious cases, convulsions and coma.
Just a few years ago, a gardener died after simply brushing up against a devil’s helmet plant. And believe it or not, the plant’s exterior isn’t even its most poisonous part. As poison expert John Robertson told BBC News, the most poisonous part of the plant is actually its roots, as ingestion of this specific part causes heart failure. Most fatalities occur within the first few hours.
Tulips might make your garden shine, but they also have the potential to poison your pet. According to the ASPCA, this plant is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses in its bulb especially, and symptoms of ingestion range from vomiting and diarrhea to hypersalivation.
Angel’s trumpet is a tropical plant known for its Bugle-shaped flowers. And while it’s aesthetically pleasing, the last thing you’d ever want to do is find out what it tastes like: As one 2008 case report published in Pediatrics & Child Health notes, ingestion can cause dangerous hallucinogenic symptoms like loss of consciousness and delirium.
The one I can be compared to, my favorite villain….As its name suggests, poison ivy is, well, poisonous. Found all over the United States, this plant contains a resin called urushiol that causes an epidermal allergic reaction characterized by redness, itching, and swelling. If the plant sets on fire and you inhale the smoke, it can also affect your breathing.
So maybe the Lad is right. Don't judge a book by it's cover. I won't lie, I may be pretty in the eyes, but can be deadly in the boudoir. You know, plants can be deadly if you eat it, but a kiss can be deadlier if you mean it. Coincidence then that Toxic used to be one of my favorite drag routines?
I have long said that if Christmas were more like this, people may actually get more into the spirit!
After getting back from the travels with Warbucks, last weekend I was off to the Pocono Mountains again to The Woods Campground for their usually fun Christmas in July weekend. I was torn at first just getting in, but I knew reader Cooper was coming and didn't want to let him down. Plus, I didn't have to do drag for the show this year...it was to much, but did end up judging a best twerking contest. I tell ya, hard work is never done peeps. I'm hard pressed to miss this weekend as the drag show and infamous shot tour raise money for kids shelters and everyone is also told to bring toys. With the $10 donation, one can see the show and then do the 20 something site shot tour through the campground while looking at all the Christmas finery the creative gays put up. It was hot just watching them. It was nice personally for not being in the show and a good call....noting like Christmas in July, when even in the mountains at night, it was still 89 degrees!!!! It let me to relax and sit poolside most of the day, unless Cooper and I went for a shaded hike in the woods, or I was laying about nude on blocks of ice. It was also nice the pool was open late for midnight swims. After judging the twerking contest I was burning up I tell ya. Overall another lovely time and a huge thank you to the Woods and good friend,Winfred for hosting my ass. I think Cooper was tickled to be in my pop up too!!!!
Nothing like watching three handsome men oil each other up. BIONG!!!!!!!!!
And sweet Jesus, Mary mother of Pearl....did the reindeer in the red shorts have an ass!!!!! I believe he said his name was Vixen. We'd run into him later. I can't lie, I was instantly hard.
This lovely little dragon fly landed on me constantly. I said to him you can, as long as you don't bite. Here he is on my knee. He didn't quite fly straight after this.It was either then gin or the glitter.
Even Santa was in on the fun!
I knew I had to get a gratuitous bear shot for Anne Marie.
The lovely koi pond.
I knew I had to get a gratuitous shot for the Dogs Mother.
Thank goodness for golf carts in this heat!
I knew Debs would love this and knew I had to get a gratuitous shot of it for her.
And ding dongs for Cali Boi.
I adore this little scamp camper. Cooper said I should get one. Scamp the tramp?
Some of the finery for the holiday....this is the cabin that won...The North Pole Club...their was even naked go go boys inside.
Here's Vixen again with his boyfriend! Loving the boots! And more.
Someone is apparently obsessed with balls.
I knew I had to get a gratuitous, well you know the drill....Duchess Deedles likes my squash apparently. Cooper got some great shots.
The dancing continued well past 2am!
So waht do you think?
Could you go to a place like this? Get naked? Would the nakedness bother you? I must say it is only naturel and must admit feels pertty darn nice to be free. Even after time, most people don't even seem to notice it.
It's time for a lovely Sunday intertule on this beautiful, but hot summer Sunday. The Mistress is recovering from a pool day yesterday, and now the Mother is here for a day visit for a few hours, Till the next post comes...lets enjoy some more hot men shall we? The Gypsy Queens is a group I became familiar with on my recent trip on the Orient Express, where the delishly handsome group preformed one afternoon. You can see that here. The Gypsy Queens are a French pop band, originating from Nice and signed to London Records The band began life when two buskers—Didier Casnati and Philip Jones—teamed up in 2000, before expanding to become a quintet by 2007. The line-up has continuously evolved, with founder and lead singer 'Didi' Casnati—who also manages the band—the one constant presence. The current line up consist of Didier Casnati, Lead vocalist and front man, Juan Francisco Rey Toro, Drummer Joseph Hamblin Boone, Guitar, Alberto Laurella, Double bass and Sam Houghton, Saxophone
There has been much ado lately especially with the pasting of Pride month, about including all. This could also include dating. Lately while out to dinner with friends with the clan, and at other places I have heard gay men not quite bashing, but putting down any group that doesn't fit their taste. Oh sure,we all have a type that will be a good guarantee if you send our way, we will be attracted, and get turned on for sure. Hell, that is a given with me when it comes to the whole of the South American Mens!!!!! They sure do it for me and no question could they even get me in bed. But, I don't shut myself off with one type and could never understand why someone just does not look at the person, and not what category they fit in? I have a acquaintance who once told me, " You know, your cute and have a nice body, but we could never date, your just a tad to fem and to pretty." I was like ok. Once he later heard from one of his friends I dated briefly , he wanted to go out on a date. Funny how after they hear what your packing in the jeans and your role in the sheets, they change their mind. But Im here to tell you, I've have always been a equal opportunity man lover baby!!!!!
I like big boys
itty bitty boys
I like the pretty boys with bow ties
I like beards...
I like a clean face, I like my hipsters..
I like my daddies....
...to my fetish boys!
to my twinky gayboys
Well if your Mistress ever wrote a song, I think the fabulous, no holds bar Lizzo took the words right out of my god damned mouth, and I have the same sunglasses! Great minds do think alike!!!
Now if you like a good funky ditty, big girls and your men,,,shake that ass !!!!
I'm so glad you enjoyed seeing some of the trip as I have had sharing it. If you ever get the chance go!!!! It is quite beautiful and it can not be put in words if you ask me. This will be the last post for the trip, otherwise we will be here another week!!!
The entrance to our hotel. The best morning coffee I have ever had in the morning. Since we were on the Orient Express for some many days, by time we got a Vienna, we were ready to tour and mingle. I knew we wanted to see certain things, but most days just got up and wandered and see where the day took us. Here some things of interests we saw on other days, you know, in between patronizing some lovely little bars and lounges.
Since I enjoy classical music I wanted to see the Strauss Monument, which was designed by Edmund Hellmer'. The golden Strauss Monument is the most popular photographic subject in Vienna. The gilded bronze monument of Johann Strauss II was unveiled to the public on 26 June 1921 and is framed by a marble relief made by Edmund Hellmer. On this occasion the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra played the Blue Danube Waltz, composed by Strauss.
The Imperial Crypt, is a burial chamber beneath the Capuchin Church and monastery in Vienna, Austria.
It was founded in 1618 and dedicated in 1632, and located on the Neuer Markt square of the Innere Stadt, near the Hofburg Palace. Since 1633, the Imperial Crypt serves as the principal place of entombment for the members of the House of Habsburg. The bones of 145 Habsburg royalty, plus urns containing the hearts or cremated remains of four others, are here, including 12 emperors and 18 empresses. While the crypt did have an eerie feel, there is no denying the workmanship of the actual crypts.The free-standing tombs are usually variations of either a flat-topped storage chest, or a tub with sloping sides and a convex lid of tapered decks. Ornamentation ranges from simple to elaborate. Until far in the 18th century, the most common material for a sarcophagus here was a bronze-like alloy of tin, coated with shellac. The splendid tombs of the baroque and rococo eras are made of true bronze, a nobler and therefore more expensive material. On the tour they said the sarcophagus of Empress Maria Thresa and her husband alone weighed 4,800lbs.
The nerds in us wanted to see the elegant library. This wasn't your run of the mill library either.
The Austrian National Library is the largest library in Austria, with more than 12 million items in its various collections. The library is located in the Neue Burg Wing of the Hofburg in center of Vienna. Since 2005, some of the collections have been relocated within the baroque structure of the Palais Mollard-Clary. Founded by the Habsburgs, the library was originally called the Imperial Court Library; the change to the current name occurred in 1920. The library complex includes four museums, as well as multiple special collections and archives. TheState Hall – built in the 18th century as part of the former Court Library – is a breathtaking 262 feet long and 70 feet high. An intricately decorated dome and numerous frescos provide an imperial flair.
While in Vienna, if your like me and love chocolate, one must simply have to visit a chocolatier! It was fine. They greased chubs on the way home from eating so many earthly delights.
The Belvedere Museum in Vienna is one of the most important art museums in Austria and is all housed in a stunning baroque palace from which it takes it's name.
The Baroque complex The Belvedere palace is actually an ensemble of various buildings and gardens in central Vienna, originally commissioned between the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century by the Prince Eugene of Savoy as a Summer residence. The complex is composed of two main buildings located at the opposite ends of a large French-style garden: the Upper Belvedere, and the Lower Belvedere, both designed by Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt; the Lower Belvedere also includes the Orangery, a smaller building recently converted into a temporary exhibition space. Unanimously considered one of Vienna’s architectural jewels, It is quite evident that the building complex was designed with the Palace of Versailles in mind.The Belvedere showcases a permanent collection primarily dedicated to Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present; yet, also artworks from other European countries complete the collection. The collection is presented in the Upper Belvedere and includes an impressive array of sculptures and paintings by Austrian masters such as Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller , Heinrich Füger, Gustav Klimt, including the famous “The Kiss”
Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. International artist represented include Jean Louis David, Edvard Munch, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Max Beckmann, among others.
I have no idea if I'll ever again make it back to Vienna, but it was certainly a stunning and picturesque city, and yet again proved to me that our European friends know how to live better and slow down and take the time to enjoy life, by far better, then we. Their not all about work home work home work home. Warbucks tried yet again to try and get me to vacate the US,but as long as I have family still here, I wouldn't make the move. Yet. While I did enjoy the city, the Orient Express was by far the highlight that showcased this trip and a once in a lifetime treat. And I can across off yet another thing I wanted to try, having hot sex on a train. I kept it very understated, of course, I mean it was the Orient Express after all.