Where Adventurous Gardeners Buy Their Seeds

These organic seed sellers share a passion for the unusual and a mission to preserve biodiversity. And they’ve got some irresistible seeds.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #seeds

Fossils of a Prehistoric Rainforest Hide in Australia’s Rusted Rocks

The find suggests overlooked rocks across the continent may contain more fossilized surprises.

#australia, #flowers-and-plants, #fossils, #insects, #paleontology, #research, #science-advances-journal, #spiders, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Meet an Ecologist Who Works for God (and Against Lawns)

A Long Island couple says fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity starts at home. Or rather, right outside their suburban house.

#environment, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #insects, #invasive-species, #landscaping, #lawns, #wading-river-ny

How to Build a Terrarium, So It’s Always Gardening Season

As winter closes in, there’s at least one place where plants will still grow: a terrarium. Here’s how to get started on yours.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Why the Bradford Pear Tree Is Plaguing the South

The Bradford pear, hugely popular when suburbs were developed, contributed to an invasion of trees conquering nearly anywhere it lands. South Carolina is stepping up its fight against it.

#flowers-and-plants, #invasive-species, #landscaping, #suburbs, #trees-and-shrubs

27 Plant Gifts for Plant Lovers

Twenty-seven ideas to satisfy tastes both garden variety and eccentric.

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These Are Not Your Traditional Holiday Wreaths

A new generation of female florists are offering a fresh perspective on an ancient craft, fashioning festive crowns out of dried flowers, herbs and grasses.

#christmas-trees, #england, #florists, #flowerbx-ltd, #flowers-and-plants, #holiday-issue-2021, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #london-england, #trees-and-shrubs

The Ever-Evolving Art of Bonsai

The centuries-old craft is thriving as both a hobby and an art form, with contemporary practitioners around the world asking what lessons it can impart today.

#bonsai, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #t-winter-travel, #trees-and-shrubs

The Rose Queen of Texas

In the rose capital of the United States, a tradition wrenched off track by the pandemic is back and in full bloom.

#costumes, #dresses, #fashion-and-apparel, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #parades, #parties-social, #southwestern-states-us, #texas, #theater, #tyler-tex

The Resilient Beauty of Flowers

Flowers testify to life’s transience, but they are also rugged emblems of resilience.

#beauty-concept, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #philosophy, #poetry-and-poets

Wild Animals Are Thriving in New York City Right Now

New York is now ‘the greenest big city on earth,’ one naturalist said. Some creatures have noticed, and are staying for a while.

#animals, #area-planning-and-renewal, #audubon-society-national, #benepe-adrian, #birds, #charlop-powers-sarah, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #floods, #flowers-and-plants, #greenbelt-native-plant-center, #natural-areas-conservancy, #new-york-city, #new-yorkers-for-parks, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pesticides, #wetlands, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

What George Orwell’s Roses Tell Us About His Politics

In “Orwell’s Roses,” Rebecca Solnit argues that the English writer was driven not merely by political rage but by a love of beauty and nature.

#1984-book, #books-and-literature, #flowers-and-plants, #orwell-george, #solnit-rebecca

What’s the Point of a Fake Pot Plant?

One company wants its artificial cannabis décor to start conversations about the potential benefits of weed.

#cannabis-foods-and-products, #flowers-and-plants

To Learn Bees’ Secrets, Count Them One by One

The decline of bee populations is a looming crisis, but there is a dearth of scientific data. Hyperlocal researchers, with nets and notebooks, could be key.

#bees, #flowers-and-plants, #global-warming, #mccarthy-max-w, #new-jersey, #research, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey, #wetlands, #your-feed-science

How Hungry Sea Otters Affect the Sex Lives of Sea Grass

A habit that appeared damaging at first glance seems to make oceanic ecosystems more resilient, scientists found.

#animal-behavior, #british-columbia-canada, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #flowers-and-plants, #genetics-and-heredity, #research, #science-journal, #sea-otters, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Can’t Decide What Color to Paint Your Walls? There’s a Consultant for That.

As we continue to spend more time at home, we can turn to experts for everything from decluttering to choosing houseplants or even custom-made scents for each room.

#consultants, #content-type-service, #feng-shui, #flowers-and-plants, #new-york-city, #orderliness-and-clutter, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

A Designer Who Finds Beauty in Decay

In a Warsaw warehouse, Marcin Rusak turns decomposing plant material into polished pieces that degrade over time.

#art, #design, #flowers-and-plants, #rusak-marcin, #sculpture, #the-greats-2021, #warsaw-poland

The Ephemeral Beauty of Night-Blooming Flowers

Plants that unfurl their petals only in darkness often condense the drama and poetry of their blossoming into one supercharged — and unpredictable — evening.

#cacti-plants, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #mann-sally, #oahu-hawaii, #the-greats-2021, #welty-eudora, #wilkerson-isabel

This Parasite Turns Plants Into Zombies

It’s a never-ending cycle of “Night of the Living Dead-meets-Dracula” in the world of green and leafy things.

#cell-journal, #flowers-and-plants, #parasites, #research, #your-feed-science

At This Renowned English Garden, Getting Your Hands Dirty Is the Point

Meadows. Soil composition. Propagation. Staking and composting. Attending the weeklong horticulture class at Great Dixter is like getting a Ph.D. in gardening.

#england, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #great-dixter-northiam-england, #lloyd-christopher-1921-2006, #travel-and-vacations

What Are the Best Houseplants to Get You Through Winter?

Even the experts have a hard time choosing favorites. But we pressed them for answers.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

In Brazil, a House That Frames Its Landscape Like a Camera

By eliminating walls and color, the architect Marcio Kogan takes the form of a Trancoso fishing cottage to its most natural — yet elevated — ideal.

#architecture, #brazil, #flowers-and-plants, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #sao-paulo-brazil

Growing Wildflowers Isn’t Difficult. And It’s Urgent.

In a shifting climate, with environmental diversity at risk, it’s never been more important to propagate native plants. Here’s how.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

The Ethereal Taste of Flowers

Attempting to describe the appeal of floral flavors raises a challenging question: What is the relation between taste and smell?

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #flowers-and-plants, #senses-and-sensation, #smell-olfaction, #taste

How Does My Garden Grow? With a Little Help from My Friends.

After years of collecting plants from here and there, I am now surrounded by plants that once belonged to important people in my life.

#connecticut, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

How to Grow Better Bulbs

Bulbs can be the ‘easiest of all plants’ — if you choose well and treat them right. (Hint: Start with chicken wire.)

#content-type-service, #deer, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #old-house-gardens, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #summer-season

This Flower Hides a Secret: It’s Actually a Carnivore

That this perennial wildflower digests trapped insects suggests that other plants’ appetites for animals may be overlooked.

#canada, #evolution-biology, #flowers-and-plants, #insects, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #university-of-british-columbia, #your-feed-science

Upgrading Your Outdoor Space for More Fun and Profit

Want outdoor projects with the best return on investment? Try water, fire and the occasional homemade pizza.

#fireplaces, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #outdoor-kitchens, #porches-patios-and-decks, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #return-on-investment, #swimming-pools

In the English Countryside, a Library of Geraniums

At her home in Gloucestershire, the founder of the British sustainable luxury brand Daylesford Organic has nurtured her obsession with a single flower.

#bamford-carole, #daylesford-organic-ltd, #england, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #greenhouses, #sustainable-living

How to Style a Table for a Laid-Back Summer Meal

A trio of consummate hosts — a curator, a chef and a florist — share their tips about lighting, dinnerware, decoration and more.

#2021-t-summer-entertain, #ceramics-and-pottery, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #design, #flowers-and-plants, #parties-social, #summer-season, #tables, #tableware, #utensils-and-cutlery

How to Create a Secret Garden in Your Own Backyard

The creative consultant Matilda Goad and the garden designer Butter Wakefield, who’ve fashioned a small oasis at Goad’s London home, share their tips.

#2021-t-summer-entertain, #content-type-service, #design, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #lawns, #london-england, #matilda-goad, #trees-and-shrubs

Cauliflower and Chaos, Fractals in Every Floret

Scientists take a crack at recreating the hypnotic fractal spirals of the Romanesco cauliflower.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #cauliflower, #flowers-and-plants, #genetics-and-heredity, #physics, #research, #science-journal, #vegetables, #your-feed-science

Staghorn Ferns Act Like Bees in a Hive

The plants seem to divide labor to maximize the health of their colonies that grow up the sides of trees.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #ecology-journal, #flowers-and-plants, #research, #your-feed-science

For the Butterflies — and the Rest of Us

Stop using pesticides, in your butterfly garden and everywhere else.

#bees, #butterflies-and-moths, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #insects

Gerald Stratford Knows How to Garden

His quiet life in England brought fame. He wasn’t asking for it.

#content-type-personal-profile, #england, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #twitter

California Throws a Rescue Line to Its Dwindling Monarch Butterflies

A coalition of conservation groups have partnered with the state to add 30,000 milkweed plants in an attempt to restore the species’ population.

#butterflies-and-moths, #california, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #forest-service, #river-partners

Can This Houseplant Be Saved?

It’s been a long winter, and your plants could use a little love — or maybe a complete overhaul. Here’s what to do.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Terrariums Are One Thing You Can Control

In these uncertain times, what’s not to love about designing your own little world?

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #handicrafts, #your-feed-selfcare

If You Think You Know What a Fern Is, Think Again

Some live in water; others grow on trees. In 400 million years, these versatile plants have developed some surprising variations.

#content-type-service, #ferns, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening

Scientists Find a Fossilized Ancestor of ‘Dinosaur Food’

This ancient plant might be even more ancient than paleobotanists once believed.

#brazil, #flowers-and-plants, #fossils, #paleontology, #research, #trees-and-shrubs

Plant Wrapper Activity

Revisit your childhood gum-wrapper-folding skills to add a crowning touch to a flowerpot.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #handicrafts, #newspapers, #quarantine-life-and-culture

One of the World’s Longest-Running Experiments Sends Up Sprouts

After lying dormant in buried bottles for 142 years, 11 seeds germinated on the Michigan State University campus after scientists planted them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #beal-william-james-1833-1924, #conservation-of-resources, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #lowry-david-1979, #michigan-state-university, #research, #seeds, #telewski-frank, #weber-marjorie-1985, #your-feed-science

Seeds From a 142-Year-Old Science Experiment Have Sprouted

After lying dormant in buried bottles for 142 years, 11 seeds germinated on the Michigan State University campus after scientists planted them.

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How Botanical Oils Won Over the West

Though they’ve been prized since the dawn of civilization around the world, these natural elixirs have now taken on an almost religious aura for wellness types.

#beauty-concept, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #hair, #indigenous-people, #international-trade-and-world-market, #luxury-goods-and-services, #oils-and-fats, #skin, #trees-and-shrubs

Where to Find Exceptional Flowers in Six Different Cities

A guide to the most exciting florists working today in Chicago, Miami, Mexico City, Berlin, Seoul and Sydney.

#berlin-germany, #chicago-ill, #flowers-and-plants, #mexico-city-mexico, #miami-fla, #mothers-day, #seoul-south-korea, #sydney-australia

Look Fast: It’s Spring Wildflower Season

What makes this moment in the garden so exceptional? The fleeting beauty of flowers you probably didn’t plant.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Soon at Bars, It’s Adios to ‘Cuomoritos’

Lawmakers are expected to move to pause Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s rule that forced bars and restaurants to serve food with alcoholic drinks.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #curfews, #flowers-and-plants, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #state-legislatures, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

Are There More Tulips Than Usual This Year?

After a year of languishing, New York City is flourishing.

#emotions, #flowers-and-plants

How One of the World’s Oldest Science Experiments Comes Up From the Dirt

Every 20 years under the cover of darkness, scientists dig up seeds that were stashed 142 years ago beneath a college campus.

#beal-william-james-1833-1924, #flowers-and-plants, #lowry-david-1979, #michigan-state-university, #research, #seeds, #telewski-frank, #weber-marjorie-1985, #your-feed-science

Visiting a Garden Center This Spring? Be Strategic.

There’s a reason the gardening industry fondly refers to this time of year as the ‘100 days of hell.’ And the pandemic has only made it more challenging.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential