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Looking for a good picture book showing the biodiversity of the Earth

I'm looking for a giant book of life on earth for a kid. A book with real pictures (not drawings) that highlights the biodiversity of the earth. A book with 400+ pages that would have pictures of things like the dragon blood tree, the jewel caterpillar, the banyan tree, the cashew tree, the iridescent sky blue Hoplia coerulea. Not just pigs, zebras, and lions. And not anything framed as "weird!" If there was an updated version of the Illustrated Wildlife Treasury Cards, that would be fantastic and ideal. But I don't see such a thing, so a book will have to do. Any suggestions?
posted by cashman on Nov 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Ideas for outdoor container plants that accept ill-treatment?

I have a practical need/personal desire to have some outdoor plants in containers -- some small, some medium, some large containers--as well as, preferably, some hanging baskets. However: I hate caring for outdoor plants in containers. What plants might a disinterested-but-interested gardener use with these constraints? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 16, 2015 - 10 answers

What to replace bolting rocket with in my hot but shadey garden bed?

I have a garden bed in Sydney, Australia, that is in part shade, but it's clearly now too hot for the rocket and other lettuces that were in there, as they are all bolting as soon as they mature. What should I replace them with for the summer months? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Can anyone tell me what this plant is?

I'm trying to ID a plant in my back yard that recently flowered. Photos of the plant in question. I'm located in southern Illinois. [more inside]
posted by metaphorever on Sep 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Houseplants 101

I want plants in my house. I tend to kill most plants. Also, I have hardwood floors and curtains and cats. Help. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Aug 28, 2015 - 21 answers

What plant is this?

Can anyone identify this indoor plant, seen at an office in north Texas? Thanks!
posted by LNM on Aug 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Is installing a cistern worth the trouble?

We recently bought a 3 acre property near Ojai, CA. Over the next few years we will be building some new structures and rebuild the existing house. The land used to be an Apricot orchard but has been barren for decades. All the vegetation left are some beautiful Californian Oaks and two Olive trees. In May we planted the perimeter with 171 drought tolerant trees and bushes and have put a drip irrigation system on it (currently 1 X 30 min per week). This should take care of our privacy and hide the fence. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Jul 27, 2015 - 20 answers

Jade Plant Collapsed, why?

I checked my plants on my porch today and noticed that one of my jade plants had folded over like a popped balloon. Looking around online I think it sounds like it got a bad case of root rot, but is that right, and can I do anything but throw it out? Picture here. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jul 22, 2015 - 4 answers

PlantID: Tomatillo, or weed?

This plant has sprung up as a volunteer in my friend's garden box. No tomatillos have been anywhere near the garden box, or the compost used to enrich the garden box. My husband claims it is definitely a tomatillo, because it looks remarkably like our tomatillo plant. I say it can't be, because that makes no sense, and it has to be some kind of weedy nightshade. Settle our bet, Metafilter.
posted by deludingmyself on Jul 19, 2015 - 6 answers

What is this plant my dog loves?

My dog races to this plant and eats it every chance she gets. She acts like it's pepperoni! What is it and will it kill her?
posted by Raichle on Jul 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Plant Identification Alert

I am designing a table centerpiece for an upcoming party, and I would like something very similar to the corked bottles in this Pinterest image. Can you identify the plants that are inside the bottles? [more inside]
posted by jess on Jul 7, 2015 - 4 answers

Which of these flowering climbers should I plant?

I have an arbor that I'd like to have some climbing woody flowering vines or other plants on. I'm in hardiness zone 7a and the plants must be in containers. Jasmine, clematis, honeysuckle, climbing rose? [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Jul 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Gardening at night, in the morning, whenever.

I'm looking for images of residential gardens that embody high design standards--websites are fine; books are great. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Raised bed garden built from cardboard?

My sister and I are trying to figure out how to do raised bed gardening on the extremely cheap. I have proposed building the beds out of the cardboard boxes left over from our recent move. What are the likely consequences of this plan, and do you have a better and/or cheaper option? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Jul 2, 2015 - 35 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Asking for a friend who found these in his Los Angeles backyard: The nuts start out green like olives, then turn. Inside is a hard shell. If you crack that open there is a strong smell my friend described as a cross between almond, macadamia and hazelnut, mostly almond. His dog chewed up the nuts so he's wondering if they're toxic at all.
posted by Hairy Lobster on Jun 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I start from scratch with my flower beds? And if so, how?

My flowerbeds are overrun with weeds, no matter how much I pull. Should I start completely over, and if so, what's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Jun 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Resources for becoming a more intuitive gardener?

Over many years of learning how to cook, I developed from slavishly following recipes (and often screwing up anyway) to being able to improvise with a decent success rate. Now I'm learning how to garden, and would like to make a similar transition. If you have done this, what helped? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Jun 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Aeonium or not aeonium...?

This is a photo of a small part of a colony of succulents growing in a friend's yard. The maple spinners might give a sense of scale – the rosettes vary from about 1.5 to 3.5 inches across. Are these aeonium? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Jun 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Flower identification

Spotted this flower, not sure if it was planted or if it sprouted up as a weed. Can you ID? Flower is growing in Seattle, Washington. [more inside]
posted by Craig on May 26, 2015 - 3 answers

What to think about when building a greenhouse

We're going to build a greenhouse from a kit in the garden, around 16 sq meters (around 170 sq feet) in size, probably rectangular and with a regular peaked roof. It will be used mostly for herbs and vegetables, and starting the garden plants in the spring. We haven't owned a greenhouse before, so we need some assistance with the different design decisions: [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on May 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Plant ID help needed

I'm curious to know what this plant is - it's growing in an alley in Washington, D.C.
posted by ryanshepard on May 14, 2015 - 6 answers

How can I make my balcony awesome? Difficulty level: allergic to dirt.

We recently moved to an apartment with a large balcony. We were super excited about the possibilities, especially growing veggies / herbs / flowers with our kids. But surprise!! We can't find dirt! My child has a peanut allergy, and - WHO KNEW?? - most commercially available dirt / potting soil has peanuts and peanut shells as a filler. My child's allergy is severe enough that we won't take the risk of having it around. How can we enjoy the full potential of our balcony and maybe even enjoy some living, growing things? [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on May 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Let's play ID the plant!

I'm a gardening dummy and bought and potted an herb without really confirming what it is. I originally thought it was thyme but it's obviously not thyme. Here is a photograph of said plant. 1. What is this plant? 2. Is it safe if my cat nibbles it? 3. Any advice on how to avoid killing it?
posted by thirdletter on May 4, 2015 - 38 answers

What is this plant?

We have two unidentified plants in our Chicago backyard - what are they? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by cimton on Apr 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Highest wattage of fluorescent lights for plant growing?

I am currently growing pothos in a long planter in my bathroom with two four-ft. "grow light" fluorescent bulbs in a regular two-bulb fluorescent fixture. This is almost a joke, because... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Apr 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Time to play another round of Plant! Or! Weed!!

Is my garden overrun with weeds? See pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Can I grow tomatoes in my yard?

Is there any good reason why I can't grow tomatoes in area with grass? Snowflakes inside.... [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Apr 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Dallas plants/Bushes or flowers.

I just bought a new home in Dallas Tx. In our kitchen right where the kitchen table is we have a big window that looks out to our neighbors house where there is a air conditioner unit. Im looking for a relatively inexpensive bush/plant/flower to put there that will grow and live all year round that will add a more pleasant view than an AC unit. Suggestions? House faces North/ South. Also looking for the option that requires the least maintenance.
posted by flipmiester99 on Mar 20, 2015 - 7 answers

What are some cool plants to put in a planted aquarium?

After reading the question about the ethics of keeping fish in a tank, I'm now curious about interesting plants (tank or not). What are some plants with extra features that don't take a lot of maintenance? (Glows in the dark? Is edible? Smells cool?) [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Mar 1, 2015 - 7 answers

What is wrong with my peace lily?

My peace lily keeps wilting no matter what I do. I'm kind of bad with plants, but usually not this bad. I need to do something different, but what? [more inside]
posted by holborne on Feb 24, 2015 - 20 answers

She's going back to the land...

Can the Hive Mind help me in brainstorming the perfect family homestead? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Feb 12, 2015 - 35 answers

Venus fly traps just aren't big enough...

How can I stop cats from peeing on the outside of my front door? Plants maybe? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Feb 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Amateur Gardening 101

I want to grow vegetables and herbs on my apartment terrace. I am feeling overwhelmed, as I've never had a garden before. I need help! [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jan 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Humidifying, low-light, cat-friendly plants? Or a better humidifier?

We'd like to humidify our bedroom. Can we make a meaningful difference with houseplants? What kind, for low light and non-toxicity to cats? Alternatively, is there a humidifier that isn't annoying? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Nov 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Recommend a climbing plant that will cover a brick wall.

I'm doing some pre-planning for a landscaping project next year. I have a brick wall that I would like to cover with some form of climbing ivy or the like. It is an eastern facing wall (4'w x 8'h), gets plenty of morning sunlight, located in the New York City area and would have to be planted in limited soil depth (6" or so) or a planter. I would like something that grows fast, has a long season and is a perennial. Not sure if Boston Ivy meets these goals but that look would be the ideal. Would appreciate your advice.
posted by mbx on Nov 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Snow and my garden

First winter in our new house, and the first real (but probably short lived) snow will come Wednesday (USDA Hardiness Zone 6A). We won't have to to prep for this snowfall, but what should we be doing longer term for the plants in our garden during the winter? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 24, 2014 - 8 answers

I kill plants. I have a plant. What do I do?

Last night a neighbor very sweetly brought me this little plant - a stub of what seems to be a succulent, about 3 inches high, potted in a tiny glass pot. I have no idea what it is or what it needs, and I'd like to keep it alive. Please help! [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Nov 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Twist tie me up

The green twist ties in garden stores and the green tape for supporting vines and plants,....are they green as a light spectrum issue or just to blend in with the leaves?
posted by Freedomboy on Oct 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Safe to bring California bay laurel/pepperwood to Arizona?

Can I bring California bay laurel branches to Arizona without potentially causing an ecological problem? [more inside]
posted by pony707 on Sep 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Tell me about these berries!

What are they? Can I eat them (I didn't, they don't look very eaty)? I found them on the sunshine coast in BC and proceeded to fail at google.
posted by rideunicorns on Sep 2, 2014 - 3 answers

How should I cheaply improve this terrible front yard?

Moving into a rental house and the lawn is bare and weedy. I don't want to sink a lot of money in it, but I do want it to look better. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 1, 2014 - 24 answers

Images of crops/livestock before selective breeding

I'm giving a talk soon that will include a few slides about the dramatic changes wrought by selective breeding, mostly on food crops and livestock. I'm looking for examples and images (ideally public domain) that I can use to say e.g. "here's what it looked like in the wild, and here's what it looks like after 2,000 years of domestication". [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 20, 2014 - 19 answers

What small plant(s) would like to live in my shower niche?

Instead of placing soap in the platform of my shower designed to hold soap, I would like to have one or a few small plants grow there. What species should I be considering for this periodically moist environment? Difficulty level: history of repeat herbicide. & I want these plants to quietly flourish.
posted by bertran on Aug 19, 2014 - 13 answers

What is this blue berried plant?

Out of nowhere this plant grew from my lavender and is producing berries. Blue berries would be too good to be true. Although there is no way I would sample them, I would like to know if they are dangerous to the three dog terrors of the house! Oddly enough googling "blue berried plant" results in many blueberry plants. Photobucket (fail) stream Many thanks to Teh Metas!
posted by Bun Surnt on Aug 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Garden peeps: any idea what this might be? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jul 27, 2014 - 13 answers

If you cauliflower by any other name, does it smell as sweet?

I have a houseplant that I love, but I have no idea what it is. It's a hearty, lovely little guy, and contrary to the post's title doesn't ever flower. I want more of it! Or at least want to know what it is. Gallery of images on imgur. Thank you, internet heroes!
posted by twooster on Jul 24, 2014 - 4 answers

How to bring blueberry bushes back to life?

I got a pair of blueberry bushes recently. They were potted and intended for ground planting, but I was unable to plant them. I was out of town for a week and a half and they went about that long with little or no water. When I returned, the leaves were brown and crispy and the soil was bone-dry. I put them in the ground and watered them copiously every day, but it's been a few days and they seem no better. Is there anything I can do to revive them, or am I out of luck?
posted by Slinga on Jul 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Can this schefflera be saved?

I have a large (4' tall) schefflera in my office that has been infested with aphids for a few years now. At the recommendation of a coworker, I tried half-heartedly to get rid of them one time over the course of a few weeks by spraying the leaves with a mixture of dish soap and water, but this was way too time-intensive given that I do not care about this plant at all, and I'm not sure it helped, anyway. The thing is, I feel guilty letting it slowly die an aphid-ridden death. [more inside]
posted by something something on Jul 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Austrian Florafilter: help my friend ID this plant?

Can you name this lovely flower/plant? [more inside]
posted by hungrybruno on Jul 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Gardeningfilter: name those plants...

Hi folks, a friend is looking to do some garden remodelling. She's seen a couple of plants she'd like and took photographs, but has no idea what they actually are. So, green-fingered members of the green, can you help? Images and snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson on Jul 11, 2014 - 4 answers

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