The Verdict Is In…Guilty!

Look at the lilies and how they grow.  

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Jesus once said, “Consider the lilies and how they grow.”

After reading this I began to consider these beautiful flowers.

I pictured them growing alongside the white fence in our backyard.  I thought the splash of color they would bring against the white would be breathtaking.  Little did I know they would be “breathtaking” in another and more deadly way.

The article I was reading recommended planting the bulbs in 8 to 10 inches of rich and well-drained soil, to plant where they can bask in full sunlight,  and to take extra care to protect your lilies from voles, deer, and beetles.  Then came the next “breathtaking” sentence…

“Many lilies are highly toxic to cats, causing acute kidney failure if eaten.”

Now, if you were to ask me my favorite animal, I wouldn’t hesitate in saying, cats.  I have two that I love dearly, Morris and Luna.  Luna’s precious face adorns the heading of this blog.  Morris and Luna are not “just” cats…they are my babies, and the thought that I could have something around the house that could take them from me, scares the hell out of me.

I’m a gardener of sorts, in that, I have a few raised beds for veggies, a rose garden, and a few inside plants scattered about my home.  After reading the article about lilies, I began to wonder if any of my plants were toxic to not only my cats but to my dogs as well.

The verdict:  Guilty

The guilty culprits:

  • Inside…Cyclamen Plant
  • Outside…Daffodils and Tulips

I don’t worry much the Cyclamen plant because it is placed high and out of reach, however, not so with the Daffodils and Tulips.  Both lay naked by my raised bed of corn, cucumbers, and a green bell pepper.  Just the other day I pulled bulbs from the bed in order to plant the veggies.  I tossed the bulbs on the ground beside the bed, thinking I’ll pick them up later.  Of course later never came and the bulbs still lay where lay.

Picking up the bulbs and tossing them in the trash is number one on today’s “gay agenda.”   Number 2…thanking Jesus for asking me to “…consider the lilies!”

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Below is the link to ASPCA’s alphabetical list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants to Dogs and Cats

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants Per ASPCA 

Daily Prompt:  Guilty

 

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Look to the Birds

(A poem for all generations)

“Most of the situations that entangle your mind are not today’s concerns; you have borrowed them from tomorrow.”  __ Sarah Young

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Photo taken at Myrtle Beach SC

Preserve me, oh God:  for in thee do I put my trust.  (Psalms 16:1)

Look To The Birds

Look to the birds, the fowls of the air.

No needs have they, no wants nor care.

Unlike the farmers, that sow and reap,

No gardens to till, and yet they eat.

Our Father in Heaven, hears their call.

He knows their need and feeds them all.

Look to the lilies, their glory behold.

Their beauty surpasses, Solomon’s gold.

The grass of the field, God blankets with green.

It’s here for today, tomorrow unseen.

Surely, Our Lord, who cares for these,

Loves us much more than birds in the trees.

“So take no thought,” Jesus did say,

“What will I eat, or wear this day?”

Your Heavenly Father, your needs doth know

So look to the birds, and the lilies that grow.

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Photo taken at Brookgreen Gardens in SC

 

Behold the fowls of the air:  for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.  Are ye not much better than they?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you…?  Therefore take no thought, saying What shall we eat?  Or, what shall we drink?  Or where-withal shall we be clothed?  For your heavenly Father knoweth ye have need of all these things.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow:  for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  (Matthew 6:26-34)

(This has been a publication in the series “Walk Through Psalms”)

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