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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

Five year old green thumb

I'm trying to get my five year old step son interested in gardening. We made a special flower bed for him and I to grow plants in together and he is really excited to grow "rainbow blossoms" in it. Help me make this as rewarding for him as possible! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on May 9, 2012 - 38 answers

A rose by any other name..

Are there differences in the energy needed for a plant to produce a certain color flower than a different plant producing a different color? [more inside]
posted by rich on May 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I send my condolences in hard-form?

My cousin's wife just lost her baby at 4 months along. This is her second miscarriage (one full-term pregnancy in between, daughter is now 1.5 y/o). I would like to send a card or have flowers delivered, but is it appropriate? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Apr 27, 2012 - 27 answers

Why don't African violets propagate "true"?

Why do African violets not propagate "true," in regards to color patterns? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Apr 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Need short Australia-friendly tree that will earn its keep

I need recommendations for small trees, or bushes or shrubs or something, that absolutely won't grow taller than two metres high, can handle dry conditions (Australian summers) and temperatures between -5 and +40 Celsius. Ideally they should either have pretty flowers or produce something edible (but not citrus, I have enough of those already). Needs to be available in Canberra. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me pick the perfect plant

I need a fairly cheap, hard to kill, awfully pretty plant that comes in a 6-pack or more of bedding plants. And would be happy in a small pot. [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Apr 5, 2012 - 19 answers

Pretty Plant Related Engagement Rings

Looking for ideas for a nature inspired engagement ring. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Apr 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Where is the nearest florist to Reading train station?

Are there any good florists in Reading (near the railway station)? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Apr 2, 2012 - 4 answers

What's this plant with yellow blossoms?

What's this shrub-like plant with yellow blooms? [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Apr 1, 2012 - 5 answers

How can we measure sun and plant a garden in our urban patio?

What's the best way to determine how much sun our back patio gets? And what's the best way to plant an urban garden on a concrete back patio? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Mar 31, 2012 - 14 answers

I need to create flowerbeds from scratch

We have a house with exactly zero flowerbeds (or landscaping in general for that matter) and it has no curb appeal whatsoever. THIS SHALL NOT STAND! I have some experience gardening, but creating beds from scratch seems a bit major at first glace. Help me make new flowerbeds, and help me make a good plan for our new beds. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Mar 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Where can I get floral images?

Where would I find flower images similar to these? [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ on Feb 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Flowers online, direct from the farm

Flowers online: Looking for recommendations for websites which overnight flowers direct from the farm (rather than florist shops which happen to sell online). Not looking for anything major for an event—just a place that will ship a bouquet for Valentine's Day, birthdays, etc. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 26, 2012 - 4 answers

scented teas

I'm interested in making my own scented tea blends with dried flowers. I'm aware that commercial scented teas utilize aromas to augment the use of flowers. Do you know of a good supplier of dried jasmine, osmanthus, rose, chrysanthemum or cherry blossom?
posted by leigh1 on Jan 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Soothing scents for the sick!

Please recommend strongly-scented cut flowers or potted plants for someone in a nursing home. [more inside]
posted by easily confused on Nov 29, 2011 - 20 answers

Orchids

Getting romantic flowers from fiance.. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Nov 21, 2011 - 39 answers

What's this flower called?

What kind of flower is this? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Oct 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Edgy flower delivery alternatives

Edgy flower delivery alternatives: anyone know where I could order something cool for a punk-rock loving 16-year-old who's in the hospital this week? [more inside]
posted by plantbot on Sep 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Best florist for delivery in NYC?

Best flower delivery in NYC, preferably in/near Greenwich Village? [more inside]
posted by fso on Sep 19, 2011 - 0 answers

Pretty pink and purple

I saw some potted flowers on someone's front gate and I would like to know what they are. They were bright pink, shaped like impatiens, but the leaves were a uniform and solid dark maroon/purple. They were sort of the same color as maple leaves before they turn in the fall. Unfortunately, I could not get a picture of the plant, and I have been looking at images of impatiens and other flowers all night with no luck. Green thumbs of AskMe, do you have any ideas?
posted by oflinkey on Sep 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Bee balm bushes begin bending; bothers buzzv

Why is my bee balm falling over? [more inside]
posted by buzzv on Jul 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Where should I order bulk flowers online?

Does anyone have experience with ordering bulk flowers online? I'm looking for a reliable company to buy a bunch of flowers from for an event in mid September. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Jul 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Save my sunflowers from the hungry moths!

Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Should we have flowers professionally done?

Help me choose what to do for flora at my wedding: do it ourselves, or pay more than we want to? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jul 12, 2011 - 37 answers

Alternative to flowers for an anniversary?

What is a good anniversary present for a long-distance relationship on a budget? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Do you send flowers to a wedding--and where?

Do people send flowers to a wedding? I have a friend (who is originally from Turkey--this is relevant) who was invited to the Florida wedding of her father's friend's daughter (who was born in the U.S. but is of Turkish descent). My friend can't attend, wants to send flowers, and is wondering whether to send them to the church or the reception. [more inside]
posted by notclosed on Jun 29, 2011 - 15 answers

For whom the purple bell tolls? And what is thy name?

Does anyone know what this plant could be? [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu on Jun 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Purple Scourge

Please help us identify this flower that I just paid money for, that my parents claim is a scourge upon their yard at home. [more inside]
posted by Mizu on May 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Does anyone recognize this flowering plant?

Can anyone identify this plant? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on May 18, 2011 - 6 answers

A Day in the Life of the Underappreciated Dandelion

Help me find this quote about dandelions... [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on May 11, 2011 - 6 answers

How much do hops weigh?

How many individual hops flowers are in an ounce of fresh hops from Freshops? [more inside]
posted by lostburner on May 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Before and After pictures of a garden

StockPhotographyFilter: I need before and after shots of a garden. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on May 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Botonists! Horticulturists! Lend me your brains.....

[Flower-Identification-Filter] Please help me identify this flowering plant, and save me from making a blunder in etiquette! [more inside]
posted by numinous on May 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Identify these three plants, please

Can you help me identify these plants? I'm trying to identify 1) the purple flowers, 2) the little white flowers at the bottom, and 3) the big green leaves. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Please identify this plant for me

What flower / plant is this? The photo lightens the flowers; in real life they are dark, kind of electric cobalt.
posted by everichon on May 3, 2011 - 10 answers

What are these white bugs on my houseplants?

What are these small white things (bugs?) on my house plants? [more inside]
posted by hgcrpd on Apr 16, 2011 - 5 answers

magic realism in film (south america)

I am trying to find a South American or Latin American film that we watched when I was in college in the 80s. It was described by the professor as being an example of "magic realism" in film. The scene I remember was of an orchard with trees in bloom and the flowers all turned into butterflies. It was NOT an animated film. Any help greatly appreciated!
posted by cmp4Meta on Apr 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find a florist in Santa Fe

My mom will be in Santa Fe for her 70th birthday, and I'd like to send her some flowers. Please give me your recommendations! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Mar 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Roses are red, violets are blue...

Roses are red, violets are blue...where in Philly will deliver only two? [more inside]
posted by Kattiara17 on Feb 10, 2011 - 10 answers

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