Gila's Place

A menagerie of eclectic things…

Yard & Garden

Missing my window to nature | images
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, …
The straw bales might just be a thing
For weeks the neighbors have driven by my house wondering just what on earth I am doing in my backyard. They stop right in the middle of the street to have a …
A visual guide to succulents
*Found on social media. I don't know who to credit but I would like to thank them.
A new approach (for me) to gardening
After spending the past decade and a half living on a clay hill I finally scored some flat ground with actual dirt. There was no "garden" on that hill but I tried …
Common companion planting and plants that bugs don’t like
Stop pouring chemicals on your beds and gardens trying to make them grow or rid them of pests. Do something positive for yourself, your plants, your soil, and betterment all the way …
Zamioculcas or ZZ plant
Image: Lisa Carns Zamioculcas is a a tropical perennial plant native to eastern Africa. Grows 45–60 centimetres (17.7–23.6 in) tall, from a stout underground, succulent rhizome. The flowers are produced in a small bright yellow to brown …
New yard
After fifteen years of fighting a clay rich and rock filled (non) soil, I have a new yard, with real dirt. Dark, rich dirt that will surely yield an abundance of life. …
Look what came in with cactus
Petunia seeds sprouted and came in with the cactus. They bloomed in December. What a pleasant surprise. I have mixed plants all over the place. My giant aloe has a single spider …
Evening Primrose | video
Check out the video to see why they call this wild beauty an "evening" Primrose. https://www.youtube.com/embed/5vV8S_YU3Yw Video by funkieawesometyedeyr @ youtube Oenothera is a genus of about 145 species of herbaceous flowering …
My mother’s mother-in-law’s tongue
It's true though. Many plants, including most houseplants, have to become rootbound and stressed to bloom.
Yarrow, Elder & Queen Anne’s Lace vs. Poison Hemlock & Hedge Parsley – how to distinguish between them
Every year there are whole new batch of folks in the gardening and foraging groups begging for advise on how to identify the similar looking umbels of Yarrow, Elder, Queen Anne’s lace, …

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