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Plants Toxic to Dogs Botanical name Symptoms Common name Abrus precatorius Severe vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes bloody), tremors, high heart rate, fever, shock, and death. Seeds are highly toxic. Buddhist Rosary Bead, Indian Bead, Indian Licorice, Love Bean, Lucky Bean, Prayer Bean, Precatory Bean, Rosary Pea, Seminole Bead, Weather Plant Achillea millefolium Vomiting, diarrhea, increased

Plants toxic to cats Botanical name Symptoms Common names Abrus precatorius Severe vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes bloody), tremors, high heart rate, fever, shock, and death. Seeds are highly toxic. Buddhist Rosary Bead, Indian Bead, Indian Licorice, Love Bean, Lucky Bean, Prayer Bean, Precatory Bean, Rosary Pea, Seminole Bead, Weather Plant Achillea millefolium Vomiting, diarrhea, increased

Fragrant Plants  Below is a listing of fragrant plants by both botanical and common names in alphabetical order. Annuals:   Brugmansia spp.                                                           Angel’s Trumpet Centaurea moschata                                                     Sweet Sultan Cosmos atrosanguineus                                     Chocolate Cosmos Datura spp.                                                                  Angel’s Trumpet Dianthus caryophyllus                                       Annual Dianthus Heliotropim arborescens                                               Heliotrope Lathyrus odoratus                                                         Sweet Pea Lobularia maritime                                                        Sweet Alyssum Matthiola incana                                                           Stock Mirabilis

  Fertilizers and their uses.   What are fertilizers? Fertilizers are basically food for plants.  They contain various mixtures that help to ensure that the plant has everything it needs nutrient wise to fulfill its needs.   What do all the numbers mean? The three numbers that you see on the bag of fertilizer relate

Lawn care 101   Having a lawn is the equivalent to having a large garden with only one plant.  People often do not realize the amount of work and care required to keep a lawn as thick and as full as people usually want them.  Golf courses spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year

Gardening 101 – For Beginners   Why are soils important?  Soils are the foundation of our growing cycle.  The soil provides the basic nutrients and water source for plants.  The type of soil and its quality will determine what type of plants can be grown as well as how well the plants will do.  Soil

Opening Your Pond In Spring   If a pond is well installed, it can be the most attractive part of your landscape, however, if not installed properly it can be one of the most difficult items to maintain. When you are ready to open your pond in spring it is important to perform several jobs.

Building a pond   Water gardening has become one of the newest and fastest growing trends in garden design in the past 5 years.  However, water gardening has been around for a very long time.  There are many factors to building a pond.  Understanding the entire process before you begin will be very helpful in

Winterizing your pond Having a pond is often associated with a lot of work, but there is really very little that needs to be done to keep a pond, and even less to maintain the pond over winter. In Ottawa, you can keep your pond running for most of the year, and many people do

Controlling Algae in Your Pond There are two types of algae to be concerned about in your decorative pond. The first is suspended algae which is a free floating algae that causes your pond to turn the greenish colour often referred to as pea soup. The second type of algae is string algae which creates

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