We are still in the process of Leroy proofing the backyard and everything is coming along nicely but slowly and I am starting to get a little impatient for the finished project to get done.
I am all ready to start enjoying my “Leroy proof” backyard and I want to plant my flowers now.
The plan was to wait until all the messy construction stuff was done and then I could started prettying the area up. However, I don’t like to wait so I went to the store this weekend and started buying flowers.
I already knew what I wanted.
I wanted purple petunias.
I always use petunias. They are my favorite and I know that they are not toxic to dogs. It would be perfectly safe for Leroy to take a bite out of one and that is the whole point of “Leroy proofing” the backyard, to keep Leroy safe.
However, when I was at the store, these flowers caught my eye:
I’m not a flower expert so I had no idea what they were until I looked at the little flower card.
Hmmm. They’re geraniums. They sure are pretty. I’ll take 3 pots of them.
I was so excited about my pretty purple geraniums.
So when I got home instead of planting the purple petunias that I had planned on for my flower box I planted the geraniums, and put the petunias in hanging baskets.
They looked so pretty! I was so proud of them and I even put my St.Francis statue in there for an added touch!
I thought maybe I had finally found my green thumb.
Then I started thinking.
Then because I am paranoid, I went inside and googled “are geraniums toxic to dogs?”
Wouldn’t you know that they are!
Yup, all parts of a geranium are toxic to dogs and cats! Symptoms occur within minutes to a few hours after the dog ingests the geranium or rolls in the geranium bed. According to the ASPCA, symptoms of geranium poisoning in dogs includes depression, anorexia, vomiting and dermatitis.
Leave it to me, the person who thinks she knows every possible thing that could harm her dogs, to buy toxic plants and put them right in fair territory for ingestion.
Yeah. That’s exactly what I kept seeing in my head. Geraniums and Leroy and dermatitis and vomiting.
Back outside I went and dug up the beautiful geraniums and replanted them in hanging baskets. Far out of reach of curious pooches.
In went the petunias.
Not as pretty, but safer, and St.Francis can relax a bit.
Have you planted your summer flowers yet? If you haven’t, don’t make the same mistake I did.
Before you plant any flowers in an area that your pet has access to make sure it isn’t going to harm them!
Just in case, here is a great resource for toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs and cats.