Edible Versus Deadly!!!

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies were walking past the cutting garden yesterday when we noticed something new upon the garden fence.  On closer inspection, we realized it was a sunflower seed buffet for birds - so hospitable!  Then we noticed something that wasn't hospitable at all.

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Look Francesca, it seems like the cutting garden fence has been decorated with some sort of ornaments.

1 Look Francesca, it seems like the cutting garden fence has been decorated with some sort of ornaments.

Why these aren't ornaments at all!  It looks like they're parts of flowers.

2 Why these aren't ornaments at all! It looks like they're parts of flowers.

Ahh!  Now it's becoming clear.  Those things on the fence are the seed heads of the Russian Mammoth sunflowers that were growing in the cutting garden.

3 Ahh! Now it's becoming clear. Those things on the fence are the seed heads of the Russian Mammoth sunflowers that were growing in the cutting garden.

Sharkey, there are many, many sunflower seed heads hanging on the fence and I think I know why they're here.

4 Sharkey, there are many, many sunflower seed heads hanging on the fence and I think I know why they're here.

These Russian Mammoth have tons of seeds and we know who loves to eat seeds!  Backyard birds!

5 These Russian Mammoth have tons of seeds and we know who loves to eat seeds! Backyard birds!

And seeing how seeds are missing, those birds have already begun feasting!  What a nice idea to hang them this way!  It's just so welcoming to our bird friends.

6 And seeing how seeds are missing, those birds have already begun feasting! What a nice idea to hang them this way! It's just so welcoming to our bird friends.

Now let's talk about something not so welcoming - Aconitum, more commonly known as monkshood.  Gardeners love growing this perennial because of its regal blue spires that bloom in the cool early autumn.

7 Now let's talk about something not so welcoming - Aconitum, more commonly known as monkshood. Gardeners love growing this perennial because of its regal blue spires that bloom in the cool early autumn.

However, it's really important to know how to handle this plant as all parts of it are extremely poisonous.

8 However, it's really important to know how to handle this plant as all parts of it are extremely poisonous.

Sharkey, don't get too close because with large doses of this plant, death is almost instantaneous.  You can even be poisoned when the aconitine toxin is absorbed through the skin.  BEWARE OF THIS PLANT!!!

9 Sharkey, don't get too close because with large doses of this plant, death is almost instantaneous. You can even be poisoned when the aconitine toxin is absorbed through the skin. BEWARE OF THIS PLANT!!!

Comments (12)

  • I just love the sunflower heads tucked in the fence! :)

    However, Sharkey you are a wee bit close to that poisonous plant. Back away!

    Chilly morning here in NH, I have the heater on!

    Have a super day G.S. :)
    gail

  • Good morning everyone,
    You know, on the fourth photo you can see what a pretty color Francesca's coat is. On a lot of pictures it looks all black but here we can see the real color. It looks like a dark marble coloring. Very pretty. Now, on to the flowers, that is nice of Martha to put flowers out for the birds. However, I am very confused about the plant that is extremely poisonous. What is the purpose of this plant? If it is so dangerous, why is it on the farm?
    I have to admit I have not gone back to read the posts this week but I will. I always do. We have been so so busy here. Still doing things in the kennel, planted some grass, putting things away for the winter, still mowing grass, vet appointments, doctor appointments, baths. I get tired just writing all this stuff down. I think I am going to have to go lay on the deck and take a nap and I just got up. Hehehehehehehe.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    I bet the birds just loved your sunflower buffet. Mom had a few growing along our fence and one day she came out and all the flowers were gone - the entire thing!!! All we had left were the stalks and a few leaves.

    Oh boy did I have a rough night. Mom and dad were eating dinner and I decided I needed to go out to do my business. As I was walking out the door I saw
    T-Bone was laying by the door with my new toy next to him and when I decided to take my toy with me he gave me a nasty look so I attacked him - don't ask me why the devil got into me. So we had an all out brawl, Sophie joined in and mom was trying to break us up when my mouth accidently got her arm instead of T-Bone :( Let me tell you my teeth are sharp! Mom got a nasty bruise and 2 little holes :( I really didn't mean to get her I was trying to get that big black lab who gave me that nasty looks. I was so upset I didn't go near mom the rest of the night. She had to put ice on her arm and now she has a big bruise. I feel so bad I hope she still loves me :(

    Zoe

  • I have that plant! Only i thought it was Giant Black Night Delphinium. I had no idea it is toxic. Now i'll have to google it and perhaps move it to a new location. Thanks for the information!

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad Buddies - I bet the birds are very happy with the sunflowers seeds to munch on, mayabe they will drop some somewhere else on the farm for next year. Keep an eye out! I don't think I would like the purple flower at all. My nose gets me into trouble and I would probably get to close to it. Thanks, but no thanks. Hope everyone is doing okay. Fall weather has arrived, temperatures are slowly dropping and that means more deck time, cooler air; and with the leaves falling I can see a little bit further as to what is happening especially in my woods ;) . Mom has one appointment this morning, then she's home for the rest of the day, yeah!! (I think)..Have a great Wednesday!!

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Golly, you sweet girls certainly did find some beautiful sunflower plants at the new cutting flower garden at Martha's beautiful Bedford farm and how nice that those lovely birds can eat those seeds! Ryan or another crew member must have placed those seeds along that fence for the birds to reach more easily! My Mom used to grow the sunflowers for our birds who visited our yard! Would be nice for her to do that again! That monkshood plant in the cutting garden sure looks dangerous and it's a good idea that that area is fenced in and I sure hope you didn't get to close to it! Why is it there? Have never seen it before and hope we never have any, also! Hope you sweet girls and GK have another great day and hope Martha is back home from visiting Paris! Maddox, I have also been very busy the first part of this month visiting my vet and helping Mom work outside and inside our home so I must also go back and read all of those great comments from our friends the Glue Squaders! Hope all of you buddies have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    That is a very cool idea for the sunflower heads. However, at our house they never get that far before being gobbled up. And now for the poison plant. Why have it, I mean no one benefits. Yeah, it looks pretty, but just think if Ruby's Landscape crew was there and didn't know. Thank God you have educated us.

    Riley, I tried to convince Mom that we should celebrate Thanksgiving for you and your family here too this weekend and have a turkey. It didn't fly. Hehehehehehehe!!! She said it will be soon enough Ruby and YOU will NOT be eating a pan of dressing this year---it will be guarded well. Riley et all just enjoy the goodies and maybe you will get some leftovers too.

    Brutus, I have a good one for you. Dad and I got in trouble too for name calling. We called Mom a Moldie, Oldie yesterday. It didn't get the laughs I thought it should. You see she went to her ENT for checkup and after they numbed her sinuses I guess put this horrid tube in and checked them out. Her sinuses aren't infected, but inflamed and swollen big time everywhere with mold. Hehehehehe Yep, you heard it first here from the Ruby Gem, mold. I guess people are getting really sick from the floods and the aftermath, first thing is now the molds. I guess I will have to stop the name calling and be a good nurse, but isn't it too funny?

    Oh, and Malcolm Fawcett. You are always welcome. Are you a Scottsman? Maybe, maybe not, but tell us about you. Mom says she has known you for ages. You were around when my guardian angel, Basil was here.

    Have a GEM of a day all.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • :-) HELLO all my DW-GS friends!! :-) home at last! Kitty greeted us, but unfortunately something was wrong she was limping.....I looked her over besides burrs and ticks I found she had tiny burrs stuck inside her paw pads and that might cause her to limp. I think it's more then that, because she howls and growls at me when I try to inspect her paws...she also is very lethargic...anyway she wanted out and seemed very aware and spooked maybe the Black cat was fighting with her.
    RUBY sweets Thank You so much for the lovely card, tell mama Lynn she is very talented and kind to think of us.
    The blue flowers are gorgeous, too bad they are so poisonous! Great sunflowers for the birds and critters ;-)
    What day is it? Wednesday, and I didn't even know it...LOL
    delia & Kitty =^; ;^=

  • Thanks ladies for the great info. Sharkey back up there little girl, don't want anything bad happening to you.

    Oh Zoe lil' Miss Rough 'N' Tumble. That had to be some scene at your house. You know your Mom still loves you. Give her a big hug and kiss tonight when she comes home. Hope everyone is having a lovely Indian Summer Day. :smile:

  • ..we had some sun flowers but the critters got them all..and Lucinda says that is why she planted them...Zoe, Buddy, no big deal, they love you ..and besides sharp little teeth are an asset ..you never know when an intruder may stop by...Kitty, hope you are okay..Black Mama and the tribe are staging a trophy hunt in your behalf..say they will catch a giant mole for you!...where is our buddy Kirby, hope everything is okay with you...I am tired..ran like the wind on our walk..Lucinda had to come looking for me..I was hiding behind a big fir and jumped out at her and the game was on..what a a wimp she is!..James on the other hand!..so I better take a snooze ..over and out, Chewy

  • Hello Everyone including all the GS buddies:
    We used to also have lots of sunflowers, the squirrels used to hang upside down and pick the heads clean, but in the new house we didn't have any this year. No problem, maybe Mom will plant some next year. Zoe, you sound like a girl after my own heart - I am Miz Lu and while I'm the smallest of the bunch here I have the courage of a very large dog. If I want something it doesn't matter how big the possessor of the article is, I'm game to get it. Riley is much bigger than I now and I still steal all his stuff. He knows not to mess with me, Mom is always telling me to cool my jets, but its just how I roll. Don't know why, Martha is soooo laid back and docile, and Riley boy is just plain excitable about everything. However, we don't get into it much, just as long as he knows who is boss! Mom still loves me, and I'm sure that your Mom still loves you too Zoe.
    Its a lovely day here, long weekend coming up, turkey is in the fridge defrosting slowly, man we are going to have a good dinner on Sunday, we all love turkey and dressing with all the fixings!
    Have a great rest of the day, everybody keep their stick on the ice! Love and Beardie bounces, Miz Lu, Riley boy and Martha.

  • Hi Y'all,
    Sorry to be late today, Mis had to go work in the store today. She was real nice to me and took George, mostly to keep an eye on him. She said he was the star of the market again!
    Great idea to place the sunflowers on the fence for the birds. And although the Monkshoods are beautiful, it would be too dangerous to have in our garden. Mis is having to get rid of the Yews because they are toxic too. George likes to eat plants too much for us to keep them. The rest of us didn't bother them, but George is in to everything.
    Zoe, I bet your mom still loves you. About a week ago Mis got her arm between Zeke and George just as Zeke was going after him. Zeke accidently bit Mis's arm too. Left a nice, sore bruise. Ouch! Mis still loves Zeke but may get a bit wiser about breaking up fights.
    Ruby, take care of Lynn and try not to laugh too much. It really doesn't sound good to have moldy sinuses.
    Good night everyone,
    Dixie Boy

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