From 1851 to 1858, Henry David Thoreau noted a number of natural occurrences in detail, including the first flowering dates for over 500 species of wildflowers in Concord. Additionally, Alfred Hosmer, a botanist in the same area
, had recorded the flowering dates
of over 600 species of wild plants in 1878 and from 1888 to 1902. With that data, Richard Primack
, a biology professor at Boston University, and fellow researcher Abraham Miller-Rushing
spent years aligning old plant names with current names to study the change flowering patterns
from the recorded past to present. Their phenological
study concluded that plants in Concord, on average, are now flowering 10 days earlier than they were in Thoreau's time
(full article for the journal BioScience). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 25, 2014 -
The state of Washington has filed suit
against Arlene's Flowers, whose owner, Barronelle Stutzman, refused to provide flowers for the wedding of regular customers Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Apr 11, 2013 -
"...they are made of such thin sheets of ice, they will melt away as the sun rises higher in the sky. You may get frost flowers again the following day, but unless the conditions are just right the chances are your first glimpse may be your last."
posted by OmieWise
on Dec 18, 2012 -
32,000 years ago, a squirrel buried some fruits from a flower related to the narrow-leafed campion
in a riverbank in Russia. Either the squirrel forgot, or got eaten itself, and the buried cache of fruits stayed, preserved by the permafrost. This year, Russian scientists discovered the cache, recovered the fruit, and thawed it out to see if they could recover the seeds. Some of the seeds did indeed germinate - and this winter, millennia after first growing on their parent plant, those seeds bloomed.
posted by EmpressCallipygos
on Aug 22, 2012 -
is a sculptor specializing in unusual creatures like fairy flowers and goddesses made from organic materials.
posted by netbros
on Oct 30, 2011 -
Richard Fischer's floral sculptures
are photos of extraordinary detail and beauty.
Experts believe many of the flowers he has photographed will become extinct within our lifetime.
(warning: opens with sound
) [more inside]
posted by adamvasco
on Aug 17, 2011 -
In 1772, at the age of 73, Mrs. Mary Delany invented a new way of depicting flowers: with hundreds of small pieces of paper carefully cut out and placed. This method - which she called "paper mosaicks" and which later became known as (paper) collage - enchanted her friend Lady Portland, King George III and his queen, and natural historians, artists, collectors, and friends alike. They look like botanical paintings, but are constructed out of paper.
the British Museum's collection. [more inside]
posted by julen
on Jun 21, 2011 -
This is a game about breeding flowers. Each flower's traits are determined by its genes. Pick two flowers and their genes combine to create new variations. There is no aim in this game... Feel free to set yourself one.
-- Rare Breeds: Petunia
. (Flash.) [more inside]
posted by Gator
on Jan 30, 2011 -
During the past 4 days, the Cockrell Butterfly Center
at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
has stayed open 24 hours to accommodate the record crowds
filing into the museum at all hours. Why? A rare Amorphophallus titanium
, aka “Corpse Flower,”
is finally about to bloom
. Now, Lois is not your average
, run-of-the-mill stinky
plant. Only 28 Corpse Flowers have bloomed in the US
, so Lois has become a local celebrity
with her own blog
, Flickr feed
, live webcam
. She even has her own playlist
, with songs such as “That Smell” by Lynyrd Skynrd, “I’m Comin’ Out” by Diana Ross and the classic “Smelly Cat” by Phoebe from Friends. And like any trendy Corpse Flower, Lois also has her own Twitter account
. She's also a bit of a diva
. Yet despite predictions, Lois still hasn't bloomed
as of Wednesday morning. In response, Lois makes excuses
, bad jokes
and snarky comments
posted by yeoja
on Jul 14, 2010 -
Top Events USA
lists their top 20 events across the USA, the top 10 events and festivals for each of the United States, and lists of the best annual events and festivals by category or theme. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jan 10, 2009 -
are members of the olive family
, among the earliest flowering plants
imported to the United States. Planted near the front doors of flat, bare early Colonial house facades, they helped to create "dooryard gardens
," which softened and brought beauty to a rough-hewn early America. Jefferson planted them; at Monticello, some of those bushes still bloom.
. They gave Pan
his pipes. They are employed as evocative symbols in American literature
, and poetry
, where they symbolize the sensuousness of love
in its earliest stages. Festivals celebrate
, and NOAA tracks the earliest leaves and flowers
for evidence of climate change. The inability to smell it may be an early indication of Alzheimer's disease
. No wonder people like to steal them
posted by Miko
on May 23, 2008 -
With Mother's Day
fast approaching, you may want to consider a gift of Orchidaceae
. Orchids belong to the most diverse family of plants known to man. There are over 880 genera, 28,000 species and well over 300,000 registered cultivars currently documented. First, choose one
you would like to cultivate. Then, learn how to buy
your first orchid. Finally get the scoop on growing them yourself
. Mom will give you a hug, 'cause everyone needs a hug.
posted by netbros
on May 8, 2008 -
..."imagine a painter who could, like Vermeer, capture the quality of light that a camera can, but with the color of paints...scanned with an ordinary office scanner"....Katinka Matson is cofounder of the brilliant and very readable ezine, Edge
. Her digital art
is featured there. Thumbnails of her 40 flowers
. 12 flowers
. Five flowers
. Red anemone
posted by nickyskye
on Jun 27, 2007 -
Indian police smell pretty.
Police in an Indian province are airing a new strategy for crime fighting and community relations: "Police in India’s Western state of Gujarat are to wear new uniforms impregnated with the fragrance of flowers and citrus to help improve their image."
posted by dbarefoot
on Mar 14, 2007 -
bomb sniffing flowers. Danish, Canadian and U.S. scientists are closing in on a genetically engineered plant that will send up a floral signal: “DANGER—land mines below."
Scientists in Denmark have been tinkering with Arabidopsis thaliana
[...] to produce a plant [that] will turn a warning red whenever close to a land mine.” Arabidopsis can be genetically sensitized to the nitrogen-dioxide (NO2) that leaches from buried explosives.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on May 15, 2006 -
The Human Flower Project
"From the mourners of a Neanderthal man buried with flowers in 60,000 B.C.. to today’s megawatt floral designers on HGTV, people have turned to flowers out of anxiety, necessity and joy."
posted by dhruva
on Oct 8, 2005 -