When we moved into our home almost two years ago we had dreams of building a beautiful garden. The previous homeowners didn’t leave us with much, in fact, they left us with a lot of work. Some of our garden beds were filled with stone and the majority of our soil is clay-like. (I’m sure there is a way more technical term for that, but clay-like will do for now.) There were also a handful of dead plants and small trees we had to get rid of. Now that it is our second summer here, we decided to start buying perennials every season so eventually, we will have a nice full garden and our wallets won’t be empty just from buying flowers and supplies all in one season.
About a year ago I was on Pinterest one day pinning gorgeous images of other people’s gardens in hopes that I too could nurture plants to thrive like everyone else. During my mini pinning fest, I came across a link to Animal Poison Control and then it dawned on me. Animals shouldn’t be around specific plants. I would never have thought that, but if Fido decides to eat part of your plant or eat a bulb while you’re gardening, things could get serious very fast.
If you click on this link you will be directed to ASPCA. There you can look through multiple plants and flowers and see if they are safe for your pet. It also shows what is safe for cats and horses as well.
Last Saturday my husband and I planted 4 peony plants on the front side of our house. The picture in this post is one of them with a little budding starting to show. We also planted flowers in the front corner garden bed but I’m a dork and can’t remember what those were. According to ASPCA, peonies are toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. I’m not totally freaking out because Max is never left unattended in the front of our yard, so there is a very very small possibility that he is going to get into the peonies when no one is around. Now when I bring these flowers in and put them in a vase for example, I would be a little more cautious. I’m not sure what exactly is poisonous about this flower, but I would be very careful around your pets.
We haven’t planted flowers in the back of our home yet, but when we do I will totally be referencing the ASPCA website. We have a fenced in yard, so we often let Max roam around back there unattended. He has never been that interested in a plant that he has tried to eat it, but I don’t want to take a chance!
I am no expert gardener but I thought I would share this handy dandy link with all of you since this is the prime time to be planting flowers and getting our yards into shape.