Stacey Mollus is a humor columnist who believes laughter is the best form of exercise. She is a gardening diva who hates worms, but loves to get her fingers in the dirt. Besides gardening, she loves her family, chocolate and clothes that are stretchy. You can find her personal blog site at " ", and tweets at “queenchocolates”.

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Please Don’t Eat the Tulips!
by Stacey Mollus - posted 04/30/14

If you are like me, this is the time of year you begin to move your houseplants outdoors. I am also beginning to make a list of what type of plants I am going to put into the containers that will be placed in our outdoor living space.. I am hoping when I am done, everything will look just like a beautiful picture cut straight out of the Missouri Gardener magazine!

This has long been my spring tradition, but this year, there is something very important I will be considering before I pull out the potting soil,

That consideration is, my pets.

I am a loving pet owner, and my doggies are usually right by my side when I am on my knees digging a spot for the new plant I just purchase, but recently. an acquaintance of mine had a tragic situation arise when her little dog became very ill. After a trip to the vet, it was brought to her attention that the plants she had surrounded her house with were toxic to animals, and her pup had severe liver damage because of he spent much of his day chomping on her plants.

This terrible example made me consider something I had never really thought about before. I always knew I needed to keep my houseplants away from my pets, but I never considered the annuals and perennials as a possible toxin before. Since I was uneducated about this subject, I went straight to Dr. Google! "He" knows everything, and I thought he might shed some light on this subject..

After a bit of research, I found a great link I would like to share with you so you can avoid a possibly life threatening situation with your fur babies. It is a website that has hundreds of plants listed, their level of toxicity, and the symptoms your pet will experience if they eat it. The address of that site is:

I will be spending some time searching this very exhaustive list before I pick out my container plants this year, because typically, I see Lucy, our feisty golden retriever, pluck a plant from my garden and take off running across the yard with it hanging from her mouth, hoping I wont see her thievery. Because of her incorrigible ways, I think it is best that I know what she can safely eat before I plant anything. That way, I won't have to keep my veterinarian on speed dial!

I hope you never need this information but I felt compelled to sound the warning.  I hope you yard is fully in bloom this year with your kitty or puppy soaking up a sunbeam right beside your beautiful plants. I know that is what will be happening here at my house. That is if Lucy, doesn't eat everything!



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