Gila's Place

A menagerie of eclectic things…

Yard & Garden

Catnip- time to dry
I always let the bees and other pollinators have their way with the catnip before I start plucking the fat buds. I left this batch on extra long to make sure I …
Flood waters and wildflowers
Days and days of rain have kept the farmers out of their fields and gardeners chomping at the bit to turn a few rows. Boredom sent me on a country cruise on …
20 wild plants you can eat in the wilderness
Found this lovely graphic on the internet that lsys it all out nicely. You're welcome 🙂
A walk in the woods
Took an evening hike and found the woodland flora waking for the season. Virginia Bluebells, Squirrel corn, and Cutleaf everywhere. Caught a few sunsets and a herd of deer running at dusk. …
Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is one of my favorite herbs. It smells and tastes great and is good for your health. The lemon balm plant produces beautiful lemon scented leaves. Leaves are typically used …
African Violets sprouts
I've never had much luck with African Violets. I've killed them from neglect, too much love, and probably things unknown to me. A couple of years ago I inherited several Violets. They …
Baby ZZ plants (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
It's the little things, really. Bad days goes bright when you see your patience pay off. Last summer I inherited a really neglected ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plant. I immediately separated the plant …
My (in)sanity
Seriously. I love gardening but trying to stay on any kind of schedule with all that's going on is next to impossible. This is a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants operation, no doubt. It wasn't meant …
Frozen here
I have somewhere a good distance away that I need to be. But this is my current reality. It's the view down the street from my house at midday. Doesn't look like …
And so it begins
Borage, Chamomile, Zinnias, Snapdragons, Daisies, Petunia, Coneflowers, Sweat Peas, Tarragon, Lemon Grass, an that's just a few and just to start. I can't wait for summer.
Don’t rake the leaves- here’s the logic
I know it's tempting to tidy up your yard by raking up all those fallen leaves but you really shouldn't. My neighbors keep a beautiful lawn and they rake and burn leaves …
Missing my window to nature
I love my new home, and yard, and yes, there are critters here. But I miss terribly my office window, back in my Missouri woods. Back where I had all day interaction …
Spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is one of the most common houseplants | images
Spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is one of the most common houseplants. They are easy to grow, require minimal care, and grow quickly. Plants can get as large as three feet wide, and …
This year’s marigold show | images
My friend Parley showed up early this spring with a handful of what he thought were tomato volunteers. There was actually one tomato but the rest were marigolds. They came out orange. …
Plants for sale
Want plants? I got 'em! I have them everywhere actually, and I keep them all year 'round. So if you feel the need to bring a little life inside as we get …
The garden
I never dreamed this little garden would draw so much attention but I am pretty sure at least half the town drives by to check it out. Some stop to chat about …
How To Make DANDELION Root Coffee and Fried Dandelions | video
So, just a quick post for those of you who wonder where I come up with things-to-do with what grows around us. This couple decided to eat only what they could grow, …
Flaming Fountain Amaranthus | images
Class: AnnualFrom seed to garden: 6 weeksGerminations: 68-75 Degrees FahrenheitGood Cutflower: YesHeight: 42 inches Amaranthus are annuals, grown from seed or seedlings, planted in late winter or spring (after frosts have passed).They …
The kids were by…
https://gilasplace.zenfolio.com/p565299088/ea5e4747b The kids came by for a few days earlier this summer. I was busy in the yard and they wanted to play in water. No pool yet, not even a wader, …

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