Category Archives: Flora

From Amsterdam, With Love

From JH:

tulip bulbs

What’s the best organic-matter gift one can smuggle in from Amsterdam? Tulip bulbs from the floating flower market, no doubt. These are going in the ground today, and because I’m not sure what variety they are (maybe parrot?), I’m already looking forward being surprised in the spring. Thank you, FK!

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Cherry Blossom Tea

From JH:

flowers for breakfast

flowers for breakfast

I found this at the market on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC. Sweet Sakura Cherry Blossom Tea is, essentially, flower water. In the box, five air-tight pouches contain four tiny wet blossoms that expand when you steep them. It tastes OK––mild and garden-y. A terrific party trick or novel gift, if nothing more.

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And then I Became the Blogger at the Farmers’ Market Who’s Photographing the Flowers…

From JH:

lovely

lovely

It’s called Lavatera, and when I saw it from across the farmers’ market in Brattleboro, VT this past weekend I fell in love. Thankfully, the farmer didn’t think there was anything strange about me wanting to take pictures. “Notes for your own garden?” he asked, sweetly. I hadn’t even thought of growing these at home (so focused on edibles I’ve been), but now that you mention it…

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The Rainbow of Roses

from JH:

arrangement extraordinaire

arrangement extraordinaire

I’m on the fence about this one: A rainbow-colored arrangement of 54 roses? It’s mesmerizing and impressive, sure, but where in one’s apartment do you put such a thing? Does it even matter? It’s so darn pretty.  Miho Kosuda, the midtown East mother-daughter shop that specializes in single-flower spectaculars, is behind this one. Thoughts?

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Natural Fashion

From JH:

The following images are from Hans Sylvester’s Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration From Africa. The people pictured are members of the Surma and Mursi tribes of the Omo Valley, bordering Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan. I am in awe:

photograph by hans sylvester

photograph by hans sylvester

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photograph by hans sylvester

photograph by hans sylvester

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photograph by hans sylvester

photograph by hans sylvester

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Would You Believe This Is NYC?

From JH:

right in my own backyard

right in my own backyard

If you shift the focus upwards you’ll see a whole mess of things––chain-link fences, fire escapes, telephone wires, cement––but the scene in this frame is real, and in my backyard, and the product of a lot of hard work, the memories of which simply dissolve into the peaceful, lavender-blue color of these Scabiosa ‘Blue Diamonds’ (a.k.a “pincushion flowers”) when I look at them.

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The Peony That I Bought On Sunday…

From JH:

pink!

pink!

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