A couple of days ago, I went a bit ballistic buying new flower seeds, to stock my new beds that I will dig this year. One on the list was the Caster Oil Plant or Ricinus communis, known for it’s speedy growth, height and spectacular foliage, which I thought would look great in my mediterranean garden area.
When the seeds arrived, then were marked very clearly with POISON! I was a bit shocked as I had no idea the plant was toxic. In fact after a bit of research I discovered it is the seeds which are potentially deadly, with one or two swallowed giving fatal effect. You can imagine how nerve wracking this would be with a toddler around, who’s inclined to pop things into his mouth at random. The plant also projectile shoots it’s seeds everywhere in late summer! so I discretely popped them in the bin, and made a mental note for it to be something to revisit… in about 10 years.
Shame, I loved that foliage, but as a mother, my children come first of course. It’s hard compromising as a gardener with children, only the other day my son was kicking a ball all over the spring bulbs I had lovingly chosen to border the lawn under the trees. This is really their lawn area, so I couldn’t say much, apart from, perhaps if you could just not kick the ball near the daffs please!