I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Poisonous Plants

A very helpful list from Carla Emery's The Encyclopedia of Country Living that I use as a reference because I have a dog and small children in my household. I am going to link images of the more common plants that can show up in yards and gardens.

American False Hellebore
Anemone (wind flower)
Angel's Trumpet
Azalea - All parts are dangerous
Baneberry - berries are poisonous
Black Locust - flower is edible
Bleeding Heart - leaves and roots
Bouncing Bet
Butterfly Weed
Castor Oil Plant - one or two castor beans can be fatal to an adult
Celadine Poppy
Chokecherry - leaves and seeds are poisonous
Christmas Rose - seeds and all plant parts are poisonous
Cockle, Corn or Purple - All parts poisonous
Columbine - All parts of the plant are poisonous
Crocus - autumn bulbs are dangerous
Daffodil - if eaten bulbs can create GI issues
Daphne - eaten berries can cause death
Datura - (Angel's Trumpet)
Daylily - Roots are poisonous
Deadly Nightshade
Death Camas
Desert Rose
Dieffenbachia - burning and irritation of mouth and tongue, can cause swelling
Digitais - (foxglove)
Dutchman's Pipe - all parts poisonous
English Ivy
European Bittersweet
Foxglove - All parts are dangerous
Frangipani - poisonous sap
Garland Flower - poisonous berries
Hemlock - deadly poisonous
Horse Nettle
Hyacinth - eaten bulb creates GI illness, can be fatal
Iris - entire plant is poisonous
Jack in the Pulpit
Jessamine - berries are fatal
Jimson Weed
Larkspur (delphinium) - poisonous seeds and leaves
Laurel - all parts can be fatal
Leafy Spurge
Lily, Flame - all parts are poisonous
Lily, Glory - tubers are poisonous
Lily of the Valley - leaves and flowers affect the heartbeat, stomach and mind
Lobelia - poisonous
Lupine - all parts including seeds are poisonous
Marsh Marigold
Marvel of Peru - all parts poisonous
Matrimony Vine
Meadow Saffron
Mistletoe - berries can be fatal to children and adults
Monkshood- all parts, including roots are poisonous
Morning Glory - all parts poisonous
Mountain Laurel
Narcissus - Bulbs are poisonous
Oleander - leaves and branches are poisonous
Poinsetta - even one leaf can be fatal to a child
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Poppy, Horned - roots are poisonous
Poppy, Iceland - all parts poisonous
Poppy, Somniferum - fruit and sap are poisonous
Rhododendron - all parts can be fatal
Rosary Pea - seeds can be fatal
St. Johnswort
Skunk Cabbage
Solomon's Seal
Star of Bethlehem
Yew - berries and leaves are fatal




Rach said...

VERY helpful! Thanks, Jessie! :o)

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