Deadly Garden Plants

While most bunny owners know of the dangers of prunus (e.g., cherry, plums), the garden is full of deadly plants. This Old House lists a dozen of the more common, including the hydrangea and beloved rhodie.

Deadly plants in your garden
Deadly plants in your garden

Your garden may be a relaxing retreat, but it’s not a place to let your guard down, especially when it comes to small children and the family pet. Some popular plants you prize for their ornamental beauty can turn into toxic killers within minutes if ingested, whether consumed out of curiosity or by mistake. With this list you’ll know what flowers, shrubs, and berries to warn young, inquisitive minds about and which bushes and flowers to keep out of paw’s reach. You’ll also learn the symptoms of poisoning because—after prevention—rapid treatment is the only defense against death. For more, go here

Maddie goes to vet again

Maddie went to the vet again. Her abscess came back with a vengeance, and the vet believed it to be a bad tooth causing it. The surgery was successful, with two teeth removed. the X-rays showed a tunnel created by the bad teeth, going to and blocking the tear duct. She is now on PenG, Baytril, Metacam, and  eyedrops until the culture comes back.

In a cabin in the woods, Little bunny at the window stood, saw a rabbit hopping by, so she rushed her to get her away from her territory.
In a cabin in the woods, Little bunny at the window stood, saw a rabbit hopping by, so she rushed her to get her away from her territory.

Radish tops for sick bun, radishes for you

When Marbles was sick, we were told by many bunny experts that radish greens would be the first thing she would eat when she could. Sure enough, that is exactly what happened. What were not prepared for was how many radish tops we would purchase, and what we could do with all the radishes.

So we have begun collecting radish recipes since. From the classic appetizer of sliced radishes on good bread with unsalted butter and a sprinkle of sea salt to famed chef Thomas Keller’s recipe for quick pickled radishes, we have embraced this humble vegetable with a bit of heat.

Today’s Wall Street Journal featured more recipes we can’t wait to try. Here  is the first on To Try list:

Radish and Fennel Salad

Total Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4


In a large bowl, toss together 8-10 small to medium radishes , thinly shaved1 fennel bulb, thinly shaved½ tablespoon picked fennel fronds, 4 tablespoons toasted pine nuts2 ounces crumbled sheep’s milk fetaand 1½ tablespoons thinly sliced shallot. Season with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons lemon juice1 tablespoon lemon zest and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat. Garnish with extra fennel fronds, feta and pine nuts, if desired.

—Adapted from Jenn Louis of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern, Portland, Ore.

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