In this post in the series, I’ll be sharing some photos of some of the flowers/bushes around our yard. Your job will be to guess what they are, and whether they are toxic or non-toxic to dogs. There will be 10 photos; one point scored for guessing the name of the flower correct, and one point for toxic or non-toxic (you have a 50-50 shot there).
The person who scores the most points will win this garden flag, along with some treats for their pet or pets (if there’s a tie we’ll do a random draw amongst those that are tied): *This contest is now closed, but please feel free to take the quiz for fun, then visit Part 3 to see if you got the answers correct!*
I tried to do a mix of easier and tougher ones (which might be all relative depending on how much gardening you do). You might find a hint in the photo (or it may be a red herring, watch out!), and you also might find clues in Part 1 of our series: The Challenges of Gardening with Dogs – Are Your Plants Safe? – Part 1.
Leave your answers in the comments section at the end of the post. This contest is open to everyone everywhere, void where prohibited by law, and I just want you to have fun with it. I’ll leave it open for one week (ends Friday July 8th at 11:59 pm EST), and soon after that I will reveal the winner and the answers to the quiz along with a little more information about some of the flowers. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a flower you like that is safe for your dogs, and decide to plant some! 🙂 Here we go!
Lorna and Sable the Lab says
Is number 5 similar to the fried egg plant? It is non toxic to dogs. My neighbour has some similar in their back garden.
No, but there are certainly a lot of flowers that look similar….this one was tough to identify. The fried egg plant is in the poppy family, but this one is not.
Beautiful pics! I’m awful with plant/flower ID but hoping to get better as Cooper will eat just about anything growing in the yard… Can’t wait to see the answers! 🙂
2 Brown Dawgs says
I am a gardening failure…lol. I know Tiger Lily and Hostas. That is it. They sure are pretty and healthy plants.
Well, hey you knew two of them then! 🙂
I just hope they stay healthy under my care. I never give up on gardening, but my green thumb is sometimes lacking. LOL
Forest Poodles says
1. Day Lily (not toxic?)
2. Clematis (toxic?)
3. Allysum (not toxic?)
4.Chives (not toxic?)
6. Hosta (not toxic?)
7. Lupin (toxic?)
8. Snap dragon (toxic?)
9. Wild geranium?
I hope you don’t deduct points for wrong answers! That was fun and I look forward to seeing the results!
No, we don’t deduct points! You’ve got some great answers there, and you even got one of the ones I didn’t think anyone would get!
Results should be coming early next week.
Tenacious Little Terrier says
I am hopeless with plant names so I’ll excuse myself. Mr. N doesn’t believe in eating anything in the plant family voluntarily so I don’t worry too much.
You’re lucky! Cricket is the only one happy to pass on just about anything remotely plant related too!
Sand spring chesapeakes says
1. Day Lilly
8. Snap dragons
That’s the best I can do, lol
M. K. Clinton says
I don’t know the name of most of the flowers that I have in my own garden! LOL! I’m anxious to find the answers. ☺
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
I know some but not all, I’ll let those who know “fight” for the prize. Lol.
We know the Iris is toxic. We have some in the back around the house, but we have no interest in them. Bailie likes to take the dried stems and run with them in the fall, but that is it. Otherwise, we are “plant challenged” and don’t garden.
I definitely feel challenged now too, there are so many plants here that I don’t know! Luckily most of them are outside the dog yard though.
Two French Bulldogs says
So pretty. They are purple flowers, white flowers and orange flowers
Lily & Edward
You guys are so funny, and we can’t say you’re wrong now, can we? 🙂
Jodi Stone says
I’m not guessing, the ones before me are too good. 😉
I know, they did great, didn’t they? There will be a few in the running I think!
Toxic 1. Lily, 2. Clematis, 4. Chives, 6. Hosta,10. Iris
Non toxic 3. Alyssum 7. Red hot poker, 8. Snapdragon, 9 Rockery roses
Because 5 is next to decking I’m putting it in non toxic.
Some of my names are UK versions
Great guesses! I’ll be sure to check on the names I’m not familiar with, to be sure if they are the UK names or not.
I asked mom what she thought and she said I shouldn’t eat any of the flowers — something about better safe than sorry! I put her guesses below … heading outside to throw my new jolly ball into the flowers-i-cant-eat….
1. Lily — toxic
2. ?? — non toxic?
3. alyssum – toxic?
4. some kind of allium — not sure if that’s technically toxic, but it shouldn’t be eaten! (I should brush up on my definition of toxic vs poisonous etc)
5. drat. I forgot what these are called, but I have them in my yard too! not toxic
6. Hosta — toxic
7. Larkspur? – toxic?
8. i just want to zoom in on the pic! is that an iris variant? – toxic?
9. spreading rock rose? non toxic?
10. Iris – toxic
Zelda, your Mom is very wise. Not eating any plants at all is definitely the best way to go. You’ve got some great guesses here, good job!
Oh, and I meant to say that I looked it up and toxic and poisonous are basically the same thing. Toxic relates to plants being poisonous (venomous is for animals like snakes). However, I will get into it a bit further in future posts, but level of toxicity can be different though. In other words, some plants might just give a dog an upset stomach, but others could be fatal.
easy rider says
the mama failed pitiful with naming the flowers hahaha our have always special names like “the half dead salad next to the gonerarium” or “the thing what should be blue but what’s pink”
LOL!! Or there was the strange one that came up in our garden in the spring “What the heck is that thing???”