I am an unapologetic flower freak. I spend an exorbitant amount of money on bouquets year-round, post pictures of them on Instagram with captions like, “Spring blooms <3″ (I know I’m the worst), and would decorate my house in a floor-to-ceiling floral motif in a hot minute if my boyfriend would let me. For now, I’ll just pack it full of pretty floral DIY projects and hope he doesn’t say anything. If you’re a fellow flower child, click through for 8 awesome craft ideas that are right up your alley…
Hey guys, I need to work from home today because my peonies are about to blossom and I want to be here to witness it and spend time with them. See ya tomorrow! — Amelia
That is an actual email I recently sent to the staff, explaining why I would be working from home that day. (Yes, I am very lucky to be able to work from home at all, let alone because I want to spend time with cut flowers. I appreciate this fact every day.) For about six wonderful weeks in May and June, peonies GIVE ME LIFE. I spend an embarrassing amount of money on them, but considering I decline invitations to go out in favor of quality time with those blooms, I think they’re worth it.
There are soooooo many varieties of peonies, that I decided to choose five of my fave pink and red varieties as inspiration for this style gallery. Was this really just an excuse for me to stare at peony pictures for the last few hours? Sure. But can you blame me?
Nature, you sexy beast. This timelapse video of various flowers blooming — including my beloved PEONY, which is in season right now, YIPPPPPEEEEE — is downright sensual and I NEVER use that word. It’s actually from 2009 and is promotion for a cool-seeming app called Bloomclock which shows the passage of time via the blooming of various flowers. Puttin’ it on my download list! [Bloomclock via YouTube]
Hundreds of people flocked to the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. recently for a very weird reason. Don’t get me wrong, plants are great, but botanical gardens generally aren’t known to draw a huge crowd. But it was very exciting occasion for the plant community: the Titan arum, or the “corpse flower,” was in full bloom. Keep reading »
I was just starting to wrap my mind around the whole bath salts phenomenon, when I learned about “the growing and disturbing [drug] trend” amongst teens: FLOWERS. According to a CBS News report, a hallucinogenic high is achieved by smoking, snorting, eating or drinking the roots, leaves, seeds and flowers of any plant in the Datura family. These potentially deadly plants, which are in season in the summer, grow almost everywhere and are highly toxic. Says an anonymous teen about his Datura trip:
“It was just really, really intense, seeing people that weren’t there, talking to people that weren’t there. It was horrible and it lasted two days. The after affects were terrible. We got blurry vision. We actually thought we were going blind.”
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You wouldn’t be able to tell by the weather, but it is officially spring! For me, the new season means filling my house with fresh flowers and potted plants to celebrate the end of dull, dead winter. If you’re looking for a pot or planter to house your spring blooms, look no further than Etsy, which has a ton of awesome handmade and vintage options. Click through to check out 10 of my favorites for every style and budget…
As we slog through the remainder of winter, I wanted to offer a little bit of hope, in the form of some cute vases. I mean, if you can’t get spring weather outdoors, you might as well bring it inside. And aren’t you over using that banged up, scratched old FTD vase from 15 years ago? Invest in your flowers and you’ll get many happy returns. Check out our picks after the jump. Keep reading »
A couple weeks ago Amelia sent me this gorgeous picture of a tunnel of Wisteria vines in Japan, and it immediately filled me with a sense of wonder and tranquility. I keep going back to look at it whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed (which has been pretty often lately), and it got me thinking about other places in the world with truly awesome floral displays. From record-setting botanical gardens to bustling flower markets, click through to check out 11 dream destinations for floral fanatics, and please feel free to share your own recommendations in the comments!
Looking for a simple DIY centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table? These gourd vases are not only easy to make, they look absolutely beautiful filled with fresh fall flowers. Just cut the top off a squash, hollow it out, and reward yourself for being so crafty by mashing up the innards with some butter and brown sugar. Because edible vases are the best kind of vases. [BHG]
This week is National Flower Week. This means one of two things: You have a reason to go out and buy yourself flowers just because, or you can pester your guy to get you flowers (it’s a national holiday!) During this week only, you’re allowed to have a bouquet in every room. Also: You can wear flowers in your hair or pin them to your clothes a la Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City” Season 3. Or give yourself a floral iPhone background! The possibilities are endless.
If your man does end up buying you flowers, the flowers he chooses can say a lot about your relationship. Use this key to figure out what the flowers he brought home mean. Read more…