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Chris Packham calls for wild flowers across 10 percent of London's parks
16/07/2018
 
Celebrity naturalist Chris Packham today called for wild flowers to be planted across 10 per cent of central London’s parks to encourage wildlife.
The TV presenter also unveiled plans for a “not ranty or shouty” parade in the capital calling on the Government to implement proven solutions to the destruction of animal habitats.
He said: “We need someone to stand up and say ‘we are losing this battle, we are losing all of these creatures, but we don’t have to, we can conserve them — let’s get on with it’. A lot of the municipal parks in London are given over to just lawn — there could be wild flowers. Why haven’t we got wild flower strips in our municipal parks? It would be so easy… Ultimately we have recognised that these species [insects] are in trouble, so let’s give a little back. I think it would be great if Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Green Park, all of these, had just 10 per cent wild flowers. People would love to look at it and it would offer resources to insects.”
Celebrity naturalist Chris Packham today called for wild flowers to be planted across 10 per cent of central London’s parks to encourage wildlife. The TV presenter also unveiled plans for a “not ranty or shouty” parade in the capital calling on the Government to implement proven solutions to the destruction of animal habitats. He said: “We need someone to stand up and say ‘we are losing this battle, we are losing all of these creatures, but we don’t have to, we can conserve them — let’s get on with it’. A lot of the municipal parks in London are given over to just lawn — there could be wild flowers. Why haven’t we got wild flower strips in our municipal parks? It would be so easy… Ultimately we have recognised that these species [insects] are in trouble, so let’s give a little back. I think it would be great if Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Green Park, all of these, had just 10 per cent wild flowers. People would love to look at it and it would offer resources to insects.”  
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Did dinosaurs stop to smell the flowers? – Science Weekly podcast
16/07/2018
From providing us with medicine to smelling like decaying flesh, plants have an amazing and diverse set of traits. (Without them we wouldn’t exist: they provide us with food and oxygen.) During the era of the dinosaurs, they changed drastically. Seed-protecting cones emerged then, as did flowers. Could the fauna have caused the flora to change?
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9 ways to make fresh flowers last in a heatwave
12/07/2018
 
Philippa Craddock isn't just the florist who did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in St George's Chapel in May, her floristry business is much, much more.
Countryliving.com/uk met Philippa at one of her pop-up flower workshops. It was one of a series which will take place this summer, where the self-taught florist shows people with any level of floristry experience how to create the perfect hand-tied bouquet.
And Philippa has been extra busy, as she recently unveiled a line of faux flowers in collaboration with the V&A, which are inspired by the museum's botanical prints.
Philippa Craddock isn't just the florist who did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in St George's Chapel in May, her floristry business is much, much more. Countryliving.com/uk met Philippa at one of her pop-up flower workshops. It was one of a series which will take place this summer, where the self-taught florist shows people with any level of floristry experience how to create the perfect hand-tied bouquet. And Philippa has been extra busy, as she recently unveiled a line of faux flowers in collaboration with the V&A, which are inspired by the museum's botanical prints.  
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Put a Flower on It: The Art of Crafting Cocktails with Edible Flowers
12/07/2018
 
If you have an Instagram account, you already know edible flowers are having a moment. Twee pansies float on top of every other coupe to add interest and color, especially during the spring and summer. But the most creative bartenders and herbalists know these beauties really bloom in the glass, not just on top of it.
WHY USE FLOWERS IN COCKTAILS?
“Well-chosen edible flowers bring a range of qualities to recipes. And they are perhaps the most eye-catching and evocative visual marker of a very particular microseason,” explained Marie Viljoen, forager, herbalist, and cookbook author. “The year is an unfolding calendar of flower flavors.” If you really want to “drink local,” just look around your neighborhood. Much of what you see there would actually make a great cocktail.
For Viljoen, flowers fall into four categories: appearance, taste, texture, and aroma. She tends to skip those that merely offer visual appeal — like those eponymous violets — and go for flowers that offer more bang for their buck.
If you have an Instagram account, you already know edible flowers are having a moment. Twee pansies float on top of every other coupe to add interest and color, especially during the spring and summer. But the most creative bartenders and herbalists know these beauties really bloom in the glass, not just on top of it. WHY USE FLOWERS IN COCKTAILS? “Well-chosen edible flowers bring a range of qualities to recipes. And they are perhaps the most eye-catching and evocative visual marker of a very particular microseason,” explained Marie Viljoen, forager, herbalist, and cookbook author. “The year is an unfolding calendar of flower flavors.” If you really want to “drink local,” just look around your neighborhood. Much of what you see there would actually make a great cocktail. For Viljoen, flowers fall into four categories: appearance, taste, texture, and aroma. She tends to skip those that merely offer visual appeal — like those eponymous violets — and go for flowers that offer more bang for their buck.  
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This Is The Romantic Flower Trend Every Chic Wedding Will Have In 2018
12/07/2018
When it comes to weddings the one thing we love to stalk more than the dress is the flowers. After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry set the trend for white and green floral wedding arrangements, it seems there's a new flower in town that chic brides everywhere are using to adorn their big day.
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Incredibly Realistic Oil Pastel Drawings of Flowers Drenched in Golden Honey
06/07/2018
Connecticut-based artist Brian Owens creates large-scale oil pastel drawings of flowers. However, these aren’t your ordinary still-lifes—the series stimulates the viewer’s senses by depicting each hyperreal rose, lily, and peony drenched in golden honey. Each piece looks like a macro photo, featuring incredible detail and texture. Every petal, stem, and leaf glistens under a blanket of sweet nectar, while thick drips cascade from bouquets and single flowers.
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'Fire Flowers' Dazzle in Gorgeous Photos of Japanese Fireworks
06/07/2018

 

THE JAPANESE CALL fireworks hanabi, meaning "fire flower." The name suggests not only a physical resemblance, but also an existential one. Fireworks bloom, but only for a moment, dazzling onlookers before fading into oblivion.
Their transience inspires Makoto Igari to document hanabievery summer, when explosions light up the night skies across Japan. "I want to keep them as photographs," he says.
THE JAPANESE CALL fireworks hanabi, meaning "fire flower." The name suggests not only a physical resemblance, but also an existential one. Fireworks bloom, but only for a moment, dazzling onlookers before fading into oblivion. Their transience inspires Makoto Igari to document hanabievery summer, when explosions light up the night skies across Japan. "I want to keep them as photographs," he says.  
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This Incredible Farm Has A Whole Acre Of Beautiful Flowers... And You Can Pick Them
06/07/2018
For the ultimate get-away-from-it-all day trip, you'll be hard-pushed to find anything much prettier and more peaceful than Blooming Green. This flower farm in Maidstone is with in easy reach from central London and offers nature-hungry city-dwellers a chance to kick back in an acre of beautiful, flower-filled farmland. Even better, it's pick-your-own, so you can take a bucket-full of the countryside home with you at the end of the day.
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This Incredible Farm Has A Whole Acre Of Beautiful Flowers... And You Can Pick Them
06/07/2018
For the ultimate get-away-from-it-all day trip, you'll be hard-pushed to find anything much prettier and more peaceful than Blooming Green. This flower farm in Maidstone is with in easy reach from central London and offers nature-hungry city-dwellers a chance to kick back in an acre of beautiful, flower-filled farmland. Even better, it's pick-your-own, so you can take a bucket-full of the countryside home with you at the end of the day.
http://www.flowerexperts.com/13256180706

Five steps to arranging flowers like a pro
06/07/2018
 
Being able to arrange a beautiful bouquet of flowers yourself is such a useful and versatile skill. From pulling together arrangements for friends and family for special occasions, to simply brightening up a room or adding the finishing touch to a styled-up coffee table, a bright bunch of blooms fits the bill.
However, the skill itself is one many of us can’t quite master. Somehow, home attempts never produce the same luscious, foliage-heavy masterpieces that sit in the window of the local florist. But practice makes perfect, and all it takes is to get the hang of floral arrangement is breaking down the process of building a bouquet into a few easy steps.
Being able to arrange a beautiful bouquet of flowers yourself is such a useful and versatile skill. From pulling together arrangements for friends and family for special occasions, to simply brightening up a room or adding the finishing touch to a styled-up coffee table, a bright bunch of blooms fits the bill. However, the skill itself is one many of us can’t quite master. Somehow, home attempts never produce the same luscious, foliage-heavy masterpieces that sit in the window of the local florist. But practice makes perfect, and all it takes is to get the hang of floral arrangement is breaking down the process of building a bouquet into a few easy steps.  
http://www.flowerexperts.com/13257180706

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