WOW, it’s been super hot over the past few days in Leicester. Its the weather for getting out in the garden or going out for a lovely long walk in the shaded countryside. When out and about its so lovely to see all the trees and plants blooming. Not everyone has the knowledge of Bear Grylls or Ray Mears. So I thought I put together a list of names and pictures of plants to avoid while out on your long walks or even in the back garden.

We all know little ones love to use their mouth to discover new things by putting them in their mouth, I’ll never forget when we were younger and playing in the garden my sister sat and eat half a slug! Gross but true. So it’s really a good idea to make sure you supervise your children in the garden ( i know I’m saying the obvious) and even teach older kids not to eat anything from the garden or countryside unless it’s safe to do so.

I have compiled a list with images of some of the plants to avoid, I use this list as a preference while out on family photography session in the Leicester countryside. I even use when I like to collect pretty flower for newborn photography sessions too 🙂

It’s actually interesting to know what to avoid when spending time in the garden or countryside and if you going to the garden centre for new flowers it worth avoid these plants too if you are unsure you can ask an assistant for help.


Plants that may cause sickness.

Holly (red berries and leaves:

Bluebells (root bulbs)

Honeysuckle (comes in different colours, white yellow pinks)




Cotoneaster (berries)

Lily of the valley