Digitalis begone!

December 29, 2010
Foxglove Blooming All Around the Honeybee Hive as a Swarm Begins to form

Foxglove Blooming All Around the Honeybee Hive as a Swarm Begins to form

I’m already learning that things have to change in my garden now that we have a new puppy. First order of business: remove toxic plants from the doggie portion of the garden!

Well, maybe I won’t remove all of the toxic plants, and really, I just need to move them out of reach of the snapping, hungry maw of a crazy, playful puppy.

I won’t be digging up every rhodie in the backyard ’cause I doubt she’ll really try to eat those. But I did catch her snapping at some foxglove leaves, and that simply won’t do!

Common Foxglove, a Digitalis, is a self-seeding annual in my garden. Some might call it a weed. Occasionally, I’d agree with that assessment. It pops up everywhere and grows like mad. But, it feeds the bees and adds beautiful color to the spring and early summer garden, so it’s pretty hard to hate. But, all of it is toxic. If puppy eats even a tiny bite of leaf, it might stop her little heart from beating. So, before we lose the light today. Before it snows tonight. And, before the puppy wakes from her current nap to run crazed through the backyard again, I’m heading out there to pull all the foxglove I can find. Fortunately, it comes up very easily!

I won’t eradicate this plant completely from the garden. (Though my husband would be thrilled if I got rid of it; he simply hates it because it looks a bit ratty when I allow it to tower eight feet overhead late into summer. ) As I mentioned before, the bees and I really like it. And, much of the garden is off limits to a free-roamin’ pup. But, until puppy outgrows the phase of exploring the world by mouth, this plant is no longer invited into her playground.


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