Back Yard Perils

What kind of vegetable do you get when an elephant walks through your garden?… Squash!

It’s been a beautiful week not too hot and a little rain all refreshing and labour saving. Some great news, the Lumby and District Public Market will be opening on June 20th!!! Come on down and say hello. Social distancing measures will be in place and I’m sure we will all be safe as we have all done so well with all our efforts to ensure everyones health and safety. We won’t be having the Butter Tart Festival this year but next year count on it to be bigger and better than ever! 

I’m sure any of us with pets have wondered about what plants can be a danger to our dogs and cats, and there are many. Here is a list that contains many but not all of the plants one would normally see in our houses and gardens. The symptoms range from drooling, nausea, abdominal pain, lethargy, diarrhea and some can even cause more serious symptoms like central nervous system depression, erratic or slowed heart rates, tremors, convulsions and even death. Watch young animals closely when out in the yard and if you think or have seen them playing with or ingesting any garden plant be sure to watch for any unusual behaviour or symptoms and try and get a sample of the plant that may be suspected to be the cause of this behaviour. Here is the list of the most common plants.

Daffodil, Lily, Poinsettia, Hydrangea, Tulip, Aloe, Amaryllis, Yew, Begonia, Crocus, Chrysanthemum, Coleus, Dracaena, Iris, Larkspur, Laurel, Lavender, Leeks, Onion, Verbena, rhubarb, Hosta, Holly, Geranium, Day Lillies, Dahlia, Yucca, Portulaca, Shamrock, Eucalyptus, Nasturtium, Yew, Morning Glory, Bleeding Heart, Sweet Pea, Azalea, Rhododendron and Baby’s Breath. Tomatoes are not good either and Herbs like Lovage, Mint, Marjoram, Oregano, Thyme, Tarragon, and Chamomile all can pose a threat. The leaves, stems and seeds from trees like Apple, Plum, Apricot, Peach and Cherry all contain cyanide and are definitely not to be chewed on or consumed by animals. Be vigilant and ensure your animals are trained early not to mess around in your garden and all should be well. 

This is going to be a busy week as I am determined I am going to get my garden in! Wish me Luck!

Happy Gardening!

Samantha Nason
BS Ranch & Greenhouses
samanthanason@hotmail.com
250 547 6567

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