Los Angeles Homeowners Are Removing Lawns During Drought

Southern California residents are beginning to accept that lush lawns are unsustainable when reservoirs and rivers run low in a drought era.

#agoura-hills-calif, #brockovich-erin, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #flowers-and-plants, #global-warming, #lawns, #los-angeles-department-of-water-and-power, #metropolitan-water-district-of-southern-california, #newsom-gavin, #public-policy-institute-of-california, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #san-fernando-valley-calif, #water

At the Serpentine, a Show of Nature’s Healing Power

The climate crisis is inspiring — and requiring — new perspectives in thinking for the London gallery, starting with “Back to Earth.”

#art, #colombia, #elwha-river-wash, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #eno-brian, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #global-witness, #levees-and-dams, #london-england, #metzger-gustav-1926-2017, #obrist-hans-ulrich, #serpentine-galleries, #the-overstory-book

Extreme Weather Is Soaking New York City. Community Gardens Can Help.

Intense storms are on the rise, which probably means more flooding. Local green spaces are on the case.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #floods, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #greenthumb, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-york-city-community-garden-coalition, #sewers-and-sewage

Monarch Butterflies Are Placed on IUCN Red List

Researchers cited climate change and habitat loss. But they also said the public can help give the insects a boost.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-migration, #biodiversity, #butterflies-and-moths, #caterpillars, #defoliants-and-herbicides, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #global-warming, #insects, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #north-america

It’s Time to Slow Down and Appreciate Nature’s Tiny Marvels

Grab your iPhone: Andrew Brand wants to show you a side of your garden that you’ve never seen before (and how to photograph it).

#brand-andrew-j, #coastal-maine-botanical-gardens, #content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #insects, #photography, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

7 Tips for House Plant Care

If you are known to turn a lush house plant into a rotting carcass, here are a few expert tips for making greenery thrive.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #summer-season, #weeds

Yes, You Can Do Better Than the Great American Lawn

There are any number of ecologically friendly alternatives to that lawn you’re so proud of — and they look nice, too. Here’s how to start slowly.

#content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #grass, #lawns, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sustainable-living

Monarch Butterflies Are In Decline. I Wanted to Help.

This is the trouble with trying to help a natural world in so much peril. It’s never entirely clear when it’s right to intervene and when it’s wrong.

#butterflies-and-moths, #caterpillars, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #insects

Why Boxwood, a Perennial Favorite, Needs a New Approach

Nothing brings a sense of formality to a garden like boxwood. But thanks to common gardening practices, it’s vulnerable to disease.

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

The World’s Largest Plant Is a Self-Cloning Sea Grass in Australia

The species is called Poseidon’s ribbon weed, and researchers say it has spread to cover an area the size of Cincinnati over the past 4,500 years.

#australia, #cloning, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #flowers-and-plants, #genetics-and-heredity, #grass, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

Why Trillium Have Become the Poster Child for Endangered Native Plants

According to a recent report, many of these ‘charismatic’ wildflowers are threatened with extinction. Here’s what you can do to help.

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

Wondering How to Help Stop Climate Change? Do Less.

Every year we let more patches of our yard go wild, and every year more flowers appear in the uncut areas.

#environment, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #weeds

Why Your Garden Needs Mulch (Assuming You Do It Right)

Used correctly, mulch builds and improves your soil like nothing else. But don’t make these common mistakes.

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

Cherokee Nation Can Gather Sacred Plants on National Park Land

Five decades after the park service took over the Buffalo National River in Arkansas, the Cherokee can once again gather plants there to create medicine, food and supplies.

#arkansas, #cherokee-indians, #federal-lands, #flowers-and-plants, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #united-states

Foraging for Ramps With Allan Benton, the King of Country Ham

Every spring, Allan Benton heads to the woods of Tennessee to search for alliums and cook up a creekside feast.

#appalachian-region, #benton-allan-food-executive, #bentons-smoky-mountain-country-hams, #content-type-personal-profile, #flowers-and-plants, #ham

Meet the Hot New Houseplant

A new “It” plant is here, if you can keep it alive.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #internal-storyline-no

The Fiddle Leaf Fig Is Dead. What’s the New Popular Plant?

Meet the man working to put the next big “It” plant on every windowsill in North America.

#agriculture-and-farming, #collectors-and-collections, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #ebay-inc, #flowers-and-plants, #home-depot-inc, #ikea, #millennial-generation, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #walmart-stores-inc

Why You Should Plant a Garden That’s Wasp Friendly

Those wasps you hate? They’re the best organic pest control around. Here’s how to keep them happy (and avoid getting stung).

#bees, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #insects, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #roach-margaret, #wasps-insects

Why ‘Birding With a Purpose’ Is What You Should Do This Spring

Every 20 years, New York collects vital information about birds. And gardeners have an important role to play.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #birdwatching, #cornell-laboratory-of-ornithology, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #new-york-state, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Ditch the Oil, and the Petro-Dictators Too

Responses to a column by Thomas L. Friedman. Also: The true patriots; Covid choices of strangers; wildflowers.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #energy-efficiency, #flowers-and-plants, #friedman-thomas-l, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelensky-volodymyr

How to Grow Kale and Which Varieties to Choose

When it comes to kale, the organic farmers at Adaptive Seeds have a few things to teach you — and some versions of the familiar green that may not be so familiar.

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

In Wisconsin: Stowing Mowers, Pleasing Bees

Can the No Mow May movement help transform the traditional American lawn — a manicured carpet of grass — into something more ecologically beneficial?

#appleton-wis, #bees, #biodiversity, #center-for-biological-diversity, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #grass, #lawns, #lawrence-university, #pesticides, #shorewood-wis, #weeds, #wisconsin

Where to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms in N.Y.C.

Though the earliest cherry trees have already begun blooming, there are weeks of pink and white flowers ahead.

#brooklyn-botanic-garden, #flowers-and-plants, #new-york-botanical-garden, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #spring-season

The First (and Last) Time She Didn’t Come Home

My sister and I searched for clues in our mother’s desk — and in her life — for why she left us and this world.

#depression-mental, #families-and-family-life, #flowers-and-plants, #love-emotion, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

My Garden of Absolutely No Delight

Try to reciprocate the contempt and indifference that nature has for you.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #internal-sub-only-nl, #masanobu-fukuoka, #the-idler, #thoreau-henry-david, #tom-hodgkinson, #walden-pond-concord-mass

Why Gardening Offers a ‘Psychological Lifeline’ in Times of Crisis

According to the English psychiatrist Sue Stuart-Smith, it was no accident that we had a run on seeds at the beginning of the pandemic.

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

The Heart-Rending Plight of the Ukrainian Refugees

“Imagine the terror and fear facing these children,” a reader writes. Also: Sunflowers for Ukraine; Russian pianists; the anti-lynching bill.

#civilian-casualties, #flowers-and-plants, #hate-crimes, #lynching, #music, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

Spring Brings Joy, Even in a World on Fire

In this troubled time, it would be a crime to snuff out any flicker of joy that somehow leaps into life.

#environment, #flowers-and-plants, #global-warming, #happiness, #spring-season

Why Gravel Gardens Are Better Than They Sound

Yes, they may require 80 percent less work. But their beauty alone is reason enough to rethink the way you’re gardening now.

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

For Today’s Cocktails and Tonics, Flowers Are So Much More Than a Garnish

From hibiscus to borage to violet, blooms are showing up in drinks and lending them beauty, decadence and a flavor all their own.

#alcoholic-beverages, #cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #flowers-and-plants, #tea

Using Science and Celtic Wisdom to Save Trees (and Souls)

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a botanist and author, has created a forest with tree species handpicked for their ability to withstand a warming planet.

#beresford-kroeger-diana, #books-and-literature, #canada, #conservation-of-resources, #content-type-personal-profile, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #ireland, #ontario-canada, #trees-and-shrubs, #writing-and-writers

Are Your Tomatoes ‘Epic’? If Not, Here’s What You Should Be Doing

Tomato experts Craig LeHoullier and Joe Lamp’l have some advice for you.

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

T’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Hand-woven scarves, an incense holder that doubles as jewelry — and more.

#art, #chocolate, #cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #design, #fashion-and-apparel, #flowers-and-plants, #gifts, #jewels-and-jewelry, #stettheimer-florine, #t-valentines-gifting-2022, #valentines-day, #wool-and-woolen-goods

‘A Sense of Crisis’ for Wasabi, a Pungent Staple of Japanese Cuisine

Climate and demographic threats are chipping away at a centuries-old culture surrounding the cultivation of the fluorescent green plant.

#agriculture-and-farming, #condiments, #flowers-and-plants, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #japan, #japanese-food-cuisine, #sushi

Flowers Are in Short Supply Around the World. Here’s How it Happened

Supply chain challenges, labor shortages and poor growing conditions have led to a global shortage of fresh flowers, especially the kinds grown for events like weddings.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florists, #flowers-and-plants, #shortages, #supply-chain, #weddings-and-engagements

When Life Changed, Reiki, Tarot and a Home Redo Were There to Help

Helen Ho was laid off from her urban planning job at the beginning of the pandemic. She saw it as a chance to focus on the things she really liked doing.

#astoria-queens-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #flowers-and-plants, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #reiki, #tarot

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.

#candles, #content-type-service, #fashion-and-apparel, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #gifts, #holiday-and-wrap-2021, #mushrooms, #perfumes-and-fragrances, #seeds

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