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What are these plants in in my yard?

What are these plants in in my yard? [Jun 4-1] [Jun 4-2] [Jun 4-3] [Jun 26] [Jul 7] [more inside]
posted by TeknoKid on Jul 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Is this a weed or what?

Weed or flower filter: I was on vacation for a week or so and now there is a bunch of stuff here that I can't identify. HELP! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jul 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Show me what you got, nature!

I'm looking for all awe-inspiring annual/seasonal/migratory natural phenomena within a 4 hour drive of Los Angeles. Help me fill my yearly calendar with sights to see! [more inside]
posted by dede on Jul 5, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I stop plant thieves?

Someone stole a potted plant off of my back porch. I'm assuming it was a neighbor or guest of a neighbor, because our alley is locked off. Anyway I am pretty sad and angry (who steals a plant??? It was a $2 farmer's market plant in a $15 pot), and also worried about my other plants. How can I protect them? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Jun 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)?

Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jun 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Plant or weed identification time.

What is this plant (or weed) growing in my back yard? It has multiple, thick stems with tiny thorns, green leaves that turn light green/reddish as the plant gets bigger, and a big root system with roots that are woody and slightly rubbery. It does not have any tendrils or flowers and left to grow, it begins to resemble a small tree. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Jun 14, 2012 - 10 answers

When to prune a weeping pussy willow?

When and how should I prune my very sad weeping pussy willow? [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I get my little garden to do its thing and grow some stuff

Gardening Filter : My tomato plants are flowering but not yielding any fruit! Am I doing something wrong? Or is it just not time yet? I have other friends who are already getting tomatoes this year. Is there anything I can do to help them out? This and other gardening queries. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jun 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Seed help please!

What are some native seeds / plants to Pennsylvania and Delaware, that would be able to grow in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue on May 31, 2012 - 9 answers

How to build a perennial garden from the ground up?

Talk to me about building a perennial garden from the ground up. I'm a fairly new gardener, and have recently bought a number of plants online. This worked well, because we have a small but complicated garden layout (in terms of sun/shade/water) and I can figure out specifics without getting overwhelmed. I also enjoy being present in a nursery to see the plants in person, but the good places are a fairly long drive away and weekend crowds can drive me insane. Given a list of desired plants, how do you go about buying them? What is the most cost effective way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by barnone on May 22, 2012 - 18 answers

Should I move my potted vegetable plants to catch the morning sun?

I have a cherry tomato plant and a few pepper plants (scotch bonnets and jalapenos) in pots in a window that faces due west - they get bright shade until about 3 pm, and then hot, direct sun until about 6:30 pm. Should I move them to the front garden (facing south) in the mornings? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Seed-filter: Can you ID this seed?

Seed-filter: Can you identify this seed (head-on, profile)? My mom came across this odd seed and is wondering what it is. I suggested that we plant it to figure out, but decided that Asking Metafilter might be a faster option.
posted by rdn on May 15, 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

Neighbor damaging my plants -- need a nannycam

Neighbors (?) deliberately cutting down our young plants. They have been nasty to us before. Considering a "nanny cam" to train on the not-cheap plants ... would like a) advice on nanny cams to suit our purposes; b) any other avenues to consider? [more inside]
posted by Sockish American on May 1, 2012 - 20 answers

How can I get rid of mold on my bonsai?

What can I do about mold on the soil of my plum bonsai? Do I need to worry about it? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Apr 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Will this plant grow tall again?

Have I stunted this plant's upward growth with "reckless" pruning? [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie on Apr 25, 2012 - 5 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

MyGarden?

Are there any free cloud-based garden planning tools? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Mar 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Elephant ear, or what?

Plant Identification Filter: All sources say "elephant ear plant", but we're not entirely sure that's it. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky on Mar 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Can you help me identify these plants?

Plant ID-Filter: I'm having trouble identifying these plants from Crystal Cove state park in Orange County, California. Any native plant specialists able to lend me a hand?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Mar 28, 2012 - 14 answers

We would rather not see your potty please

Help me hide me neighbors toilet... and all the other trash the have on the side of their house. Looking for creative hedge ideas. We would like to plant a privacy hedge so we don't have to look out our windows and see our neighbor's junk. Our houses sit about 15ft apart on one side. It is only the front side yard we need to worry about as the back yard has a nice tall 8ft fence. Wish list inside. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Mar 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Their time to thrive

I'm looking for examples of plants, animals or ecosystems that suddenly thrive under relatively rare and occasional conditions. One example is the marine ecosystem of microorganisms, shrimp, tiny fish, etc that thrive on the corpses of dead whales. Another is the Australian eucalypts which regenerate after bushfires. Another example is pantry moths, which can suddenly explode in population when grain is improperly stored. Can you think of any other examples?
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Help with struggling exotic house plants!?

An older couple asked me to care for their condo & exotic house plants for three months while they're traveling. Two of the plants are struggling, and I don't know what to do! More info inside. [more inside]
posted by eenagy on Feb 23, 2012 - 22 answers

Please help us save our conjugal oak tree!!!

Our conjugal oak tree is dying, and I'm devastated. Please help us save it!!! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Feb 21, 2012 - 15 answers

fuzz on jade trees

My Jade plants have some white fuzz on them and some small fuzzy bug-looking things. picture The bug looking things don't move though. Anyone know what is happening?
posted by yticmic on Feb 5, 2012 - 5 answers

A punny card design, please?

Attention pun lovers! Plant related v-day punchline needed! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jan 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Easy-to-grow, attractive seedlings for wedding favors

I'm getting married in early September. Huzzah! My fiancé and I were originally planning on skipping favors, but we're now considering doing a combined favor/place card—seedlings, based heavily on this. To keep the cost down, we'd like to grow the plants from seeds ourselves, but we're not sure what plants would be best for this kind of project, and we obviously need to limit the chances for failure here. Help us get it right. [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jan 18, 2012 - 17 answers

What is this grassy crap in the spinach?

Has anyone else noticed that in loose-leaf packages of spinach from the store there's often a few leaves of a grass-like green in with them? What are they, and why do they go bad so fast? [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Jan 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Day of the Dead Lanscaping Needs Reviving. Where to start?

Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Jan 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Mystery trees, grant me some knowledge

Can you help me identify these potted fruit plants/trees to be? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Root depth and breadth

I want to know how deep and how wide the roots of various plants will normally grow. Trees, gourd vines, wheat, clover, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, marigolds, everything. I want to make sure my raised beds are high enough and also want to prevent plants from choking each other out.
posted by gray17 on Dec 15, 2011 - 4 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

Can you identify this succulent?

What succulent is this? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Nov 17, 2011 - 2 answers

What is this houseplant?

As the green thumb of my circle of friends, I have been asked to resuscitate my friend's dying plant. It'd help me if I knew what kind of plant it was.
posted by tumbleweedjack on Oct 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Unique seeds for pops!

My dad loves being outside. I want to get him some cool/fun seeds for Christmas to plant in the spring. What should I get? He lives in south eastern Wisconsin (zone 5). [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Oct 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Kalanchoe - potting questions

When, if, and how should I repot my new kalanchoe? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Mystery Fruit, may you vex us no more.

Plant Identification Filter: What is this New England tree with cherry-like fruit? [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Sep 28, 2011 - 8 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

Plant Identification

Can anyone identify this shrub/bush/tree? [more inside]
posted by lyam on Sep 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Keeping herbs alive in a city window

I have a black thumb, but I'd really like to be able to keep a few pots of herbs in my window here in NYC. Give me your best herb practices. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Aug 6, 2011 - 15 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

Help my jade plant come back to life!

My jade plant is suffering. How do I help it? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 answers

I would take you home with me, if I only knew your name.

Mefi botanists: what is this strange cactus-like vine-y plant? [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Jun 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Do Mosquito-fighting Plants Exist?

Perhaps this is the Holy Grail of pest control but: does anyone have first-hand experience of plants that really, truly repel mosquitoes? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Jun 26, 2011 - 6 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

Plants for pets.

What plant should I get that would be safe for both cats and ferrets? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Help for a Bonsai

Hello! I'm having difficulty with my Bonsai tree! Help a confused beginner horticulturist out! [more inside]
posted by theJigsawLady on Jun 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Would Earth plants grow in alien soil?

Suppose there were another Earth-like planet with an Earth-like ecosystem, but evolved totally separately from Earth's. Am I right in suspecting that we would almost certainly not be able to digest any of its plants or animals and vice versa? If we were to bring our own plants, could they grow in the soil? [more inside]
posted by jacobm on Jun 1, 2011 - 14 answers

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