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Which colors to paint this ceiling medallion?

Florists, gardeners, green-thumbs, I have a floral ceiling medallion that I want to paint in pastel colors. Link to imgur album. I know these might not be real flowers but what do they remind you of? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Dec 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Zone 5 Artichoke Gardeners, Please Hope Me

I've been growing artichokes here in Michigan off and on for close to two decades. I've never successfully wintered over any of the plants and am wondering if there are any Zone 5 Mefites with a thumb greener than mine that can help with my overwintering strategies. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Oct 27, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for a flower like goldenrod, but less allergy-inducing.

Goldenrod is my favorite color. I am looking for a flower (or flowers) to use at my May wedding that is as close to that color as possible, without being likely to cause allergic reactions for guests. I'm interested in flowers that are in bloom in late-May and which look more like wildflowers than tulips, but I am open to considering any and all goldenrod-colored flower suggestions. Thank you!
posted by likeatoaster on Oct 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Let's play "What Weed Is This?"

Or maybe it's not a weed. [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt on Sep 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Fast and cheap wildflowers in Chicago?

In the midst of wedding preparations here in Chicago, I have totally whiffed on flowers. We want to Midwest prairie flower corsages and such for our wedding this Saturday based around some milkweed pods we've been saving. We tried Kennicott's to no avail because they only do wholesale. Any ideas for where on the northside of Chicago we could go to cheaply (or even for free, if we're ethically picking something) acquire wildflowers and grasses this week?
posted by HeroZero on Aug 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Well, at least it covers the chain link fence.

Plantfilter: What is this large flowering leafy bean plant in our yard? The plant in question (scroll down, it's an album of pics) is a large, leafy beast growing up and over our back fence in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by erst on Aug 14, 2014 - 5 answers

What's the flowering tree in this picture?

My fiancé proposed to me under a gorgeous tree, but I have no idea what it's called. [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on Aug 2, 2014 - 5 answers

A bouquet of cauliflowers?

I seem to have loads of brassica plants (cauliflower?) cropping up in my flowerbeds. I've sprinkled various mixed flower seed but no veg! They maybe are from previous tenants? (My first summer in this house). They are taking over but I'm reluctant to pull them up in case they are actually from my flower seeds! Gardeners of MeFi, can these be anything else or do you think they are definitely veg?
posted by KateViolet on Jul 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Appropriate flower or plant birthday gift for friend

A dear friend of mine is turning forty-mumble-something tomorrow. We are getting together to celebrate this weekend, but I would like to send flowers or a plant to her office on her actual birthday. Would it be awkward to receive flowers from someone who is not a significant other? (We really are just friends - no romantic undertones.) Are there only certain kinds of flowers that would work? I am leaning toward sending her a nice plant, but not sure if plants are reserved for condolences/sympathy. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier on Jun 30, 2014 - 22 answers

What are these flowers?

I have a bunch of flowers in my yard. Pic 1. Pic 2. What are they? I am particularly interested in the blue one, but there are an awful lot of flowers.
posted by amber_dale on Jun 11, 2014 - 19 answers

You ain't messin with my garden

Teach me how to garden. We are in Zone 7 in Southern US with one plot that gets full sun and another that gets partial sun. Our flowers keep dying or being eaten by deer. Help. [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Jun 5, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I lawn? How do I garden?

My lawn is a terrible mess of weeds, luckily in a neighborhood where almost everyone has a terrible lawn so I'm not bringing down property values. How do I fix it, preferably without pesticides? What do I need to fix? What time of year should I do things? What kinds of plants can I plant in Minnesota? How does a total newb start this stuff, especially a total newb with a busy schedule and back pain? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on May 23, 2014 - 28 answers

What's this flower? I seem to have forgotten...

Can anyone identify this flower (the blue one)? Is it a forget-me-not?
posted by degoao on May 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Audobon's "Birds of America" but for flowers

I am looking for a book that has large, high-quality illustrations of flowers. [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on May 8, 2014 - 11 answers

A budding question

Oh gardeners and florists and other plant people of Mefi, can you help me figure out what this flower is? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Apr 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Growing daffodils in pots

Someone bought me a small container of daffodils. Now that they are almost done flowering, what do I need to do to ensure that they survive to bloom again next year? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Need an awesome florist in New York city

My girlfriend is at Sloan Kettering in New York for some surgery and i want to send her a shitload of flowers (and for those of you familiar with Sloan Kettering/cancer in general, she is on a ward where flowers are OK) I am willing to spend a little cash to make it special since I am not with her. She has a lot of other friends wanting to do stuff as well, so I will share your recommendations with them. As always, thanks in advance for your help.
posted by TedW on Mar 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Wedding Planner Getting Married in Hawaii on a Budget

I am getting married in Hawaii - that much is certain. It is going to be a small wedding (because of travel requirements). When I say small, I mean probably 10 and 20 would be the absolute most. [more inside]
posted by locussst on Feb 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Can you identify these flowers?

Can you identify these flowers? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Feb 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Ethical flowers for Valentine's Day, UK?

I'd like to get my "boo" some flowers for Valentine's Day that are as ethical and environmentally sound as is possible (given of course that I'm planning to buy a living thing that has been brought inside to die slowly!) I'm in the UK, so which types of flowers are likely to have covered the fewest miles? Lots of florists claim to be fair trade eco yada yada but few give advice. Any recommendations on London enviroflorists also appreciated.
posted by skylar on Feb 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Growing tulips from bulbs indoors in winter?

So I ordered some tulip bulbs which I was planning on planting before the ground froze (U.S. zone 5b) but it got backordered and I forgot about it. Then they arrived a month ago and I put them away and forgot about them again. Now they look like this and this. So. I'm wondering if I can or should grow them indoors or put them somewhere cold until next Fall? As you can see they've started to "sprout" and after reading a bit about "forcing" bulbs, I wonder if they've already reached a point where I need to do something with them.
posted by gwint on Jan 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Funeral Etiquette:- Where & When to Send Flowers.

My Husbands Grandmother has died and he and his whole family are in transit to the funeral (I am unable to travel due to health reasons) and wanted to send flowers as I couldn't be there but I don't quite understand the etiquette involved with the style of Funeral they are having. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Jan 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Looking for advice and tips before planning a holiday to Japan to view the cherry blossoms this spring. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South on Jan 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Turn my veggie garden into flowers?

I put together a nice, deep raised garden box last summer and planted a bunch of vegetables. Most of them went bad and I don't want to do that this year. Rather than try to work a veggie garden into my life of full-time work and chasing after a 3-year-old, I'd like to plant some flowers and herbs that I can use to make bouquets to bring in the house all year long.... [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 1, 2014 - 9 answers

High quality flowers in Brooklyn?

I need to have flowers delivered to a friend in Brooklyn (South Slope), and I want them to be great - looking for recommendations for someone who can do a beautiful, high quality arrangement and won't try to rip me off or fall through on delivery.
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I get a wedding corsage in Miami on short notice?

Looking for ideas to get a corsage for the bride and a boutonniere for the groom on short notice in Miami. These will be for a casual wedding ceremony on Thursday late afternoon (2 days from now). They don't have to be fancy, but it would be nice to have good quality flowers and for them to be well made.
posted by theory on Dec 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Let's pretend it's not winter.

I am looking for gardening books focusing on perennial flowers or vegetables or books on landscaping design/ideas that will make me drunk with plans for spring. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Plastic liquid that dries clear?

My aunt is dying of cancer, and I'd like to help her relive a happy memory. Sometime in the late 80s, we made wire flowers and dipped them in a strong smelling plastic (?) that hardened into clear colored panes. Neither of us can remember what it was called or very many specifics beyond that. It came in a can and we dipped the wire loops directly into it. It hardened relatively hard, and took maybe overnight to cure. What was it? Where can I get some? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

What's the best way to have flowers delivered in Germany from Canada?

I would like to order flowers online here in Canada and have them delivered to a German address. A quick Google search has turned up a few options, but I'm not sure which to choose. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by Gin and Comics on Sep 16, 2013 - 9 answers

How should I acknowledge my job references for helping me land the gig?

I recently started a job that I'm really excited about. Part of the reason I was hired is because I got great endorsements from my references. I'd like to send flowers to the Manhattan offices of each one, but if you have a better idea for a considerate thank you gift for three smart, accomplished women in their late 20s/early 30s, I am all ears! I want to send something nice that makes it clear how grateful I am for their confidence in me. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Aug 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Where can I find corn cockle flowers?

I need a source for corn cockle flowers, fresh or dried, preferably dried. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Aug 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Is this an actual dress that's available to buy (or is it custom-made)?

I am looking for the dress worn by the character "Ruth" in the Pedro Almodóvar film I'm So Excited. Is this dress (same style and fabric) available for purchase? [link to photo of dress inside] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Help ID this (natural) mystery floral scent?

Every now and then this incredibly gorgeous floral fragrance wafts into our house, and I always thought it was a neighbor spraying on scent at a time when the breeze currents are just right for it to drift our way, but when I mentioned that I wished I knew what brand of perfume it is, my husband said that, no, it is actually a flower (or flowering vine), because he's seen and smelled it before, but he doesn't know what sort of plant it is, or remember what it looks like. I'd love some suggestions about what it might be. I'm sure it's not Jasmine, unless it's some specific type I'm not familiar with. We're in Greece. [more inside]
posted by taz on Jul 31, 2013 - 31 answers

How to make cut flowers last a few days unattended?

I'd like to buy a bunch of cut flowers Thursday night and set them out, so they'll still be looking nice when the recipient returns Sunday afternoon. No one will be around between Thu-Sun. What's the best way to do this? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by bluelava on Jul 21, 2013 - 17 answers

Plants for privacy screening in the SF Bay Area

Could any of the great gardeners on Metafilter offer advice about what to plant along a fence to create some privacy screening? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jun 2, 2013 - 10 answers

What tree is this?

Please help identify this tree. The photo was taken in Vancouver yesterday.
posted by vanar sena on May 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Urban gardener flower seed resource?

I'm looking for a reliable, affordable online outlet to buy flower seeds for my container garden. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Apr 19, 2013 - 10 answers

I Googled you and I found you! Nervous laugh...

I have an internet friend (never met IRL) whom I met on a discussion board for a health issue we share in common. We connected because we live in the same city and are undergoing the same treatments. He has told me his uncommon first name, his employer, and the hospital where he's being treated, as well as the fact that (unfortunately) his most recent procedure had a lot of complications and he's still in hospital. Would it be really weird to send flowers and/or a card? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Apr 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Best way to send flowers abroad?

I have a dear friend whose father passed in Novi Sad, Serbia. I'm trying to figure out the best way to send flowers but am having a difficult time finding reviews on sites offering the service. Anyone have any experience/recommendations?
posted by dig_duggler on Apr 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Please give me free gardening advice

I have a small porch and I would like to have some pretty flowers growing on it now that it's finally warming up. However, every time I've tried achieve this in the past, it has ended in dead plants and wasted money. I need help with this of the most remedial sort. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Apr 4, 2013 - 23 answers

Where can I see flowering trees in the Bay Area?

Cherry and plum trees are blooming in the Bay Area right now. Where are some amazing places to see them? I am interested in both volume and variety of trees. [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Feb 26, 2013 - 5 answers

It's gardening catalog season and I need help!

I'm looking for suggestions for a flowering groundcover for my garage-side garden to fill in the spaces between the dwarf reblooming lilacs and Widow's Tears already growing there. The current groundcover is Snow in Summer which has pretty flowers and foliage, but is oh-my-god too invasive and fast growing. I feel like I'm constantly ripping chunks of it out so it doesn't climb up the lilacs or spill over onto the lawn. I'd like to put in something that is either white or some shade of purple, doesn't require much maintenance, but is far better behaved than the Snow in Summer. We live in USDA zone 5 and the garden in question gets afternoon sun. (I know nothing about the Ph or the type of soil; I'm hoping that it will be apparent to the cognoscenti from my location and the other plants that are thriving in the same garden.)
posted by DrGail on Feb 13, 2013 - 7 answers

I'm looking for a copy of "Two Faces of Floral Design"

I would really like a copy of this book, but I cannot find it for sale in the USA, either new or used. Help?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Feb 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Flower Power!

It's winter! And I need spring, summer, fall....heck, any other season than winter! I want to spend some time with flowers. I am looking for places, specifically in the NYC metro area where I can sit with a group of flowers: maybe an indoor garden/nursery, or a flower show....or some crazy field that has flowers growing in the dead of winter (I know!) I do not want to buy flowers and watch them die in my apartment. Do you know of anywhere that I can sit and commune with flowers? Thanks!
posted by Hydrofiend on Jan 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Can you identify this plant? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Dec 30, 2012 - 11 answers

What does an elm look like?

I can't identify trees, bushes, shrubs, or flowers. How can I learn to do so on sight? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Dec 28, 2012 - 22 answers

thank you gifts for dummies

What would be an appropriate thank you gift for my florist friend who really went above and beyond in helping with my wedding? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Dec 12, 2012 - 8 answers

which bouquet to bring?

Asking for a friend. A coworkers wife has been diagnosed stage IV brain cancer. They are East Indian. We would like to bring flowers to their home. Does anyone know if certain flowers have special meaning culturally and / or are there flowers to avoid? Thank you.
posted by jennstra on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Scented Bearded Irises!

Which purple or purple-ish bearded irises smell good? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on May 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Something stanks and I want some

Help me find a perfume that smells like these flowers. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on May 16, 2012 - 5 answers

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