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Spring flowers in autumn, birdsong in winter: what a freak year for nature - The GuardianTuesday, January 16, 2018
The GuardianSpring flowers in autumn, birdsong in winter: what a freak year for natureThe GuardianAlpine blue-sow thistle: One of our tallest and most showy alpine plants, this rare flower is threatened by climate change in the Cairngorms, where it grows on sheltered mountain ledges. Photograph: Alamy. Winter 2016-17 was not all that unusual ...
Seeing nature makes life real - Loveland Reporter-HeraldTuesday, September 12, 2017
Bonaparte's, Franklin's, California and ring-billed gulls, each and every one-by-one.I walked the few hundred yards to see the forest area I call "The Lichen Garden." Engelmann spruces and subalpine firs make it a forest; elaborate festoons of usnea lichens — what many people call "old man's beard" — make it more than a forest. Droplets of dew and rain caught among the usneas' threads glisten in the sunlight like diamonds more prolific than stars in the night sky. But clouds curtained the sun and left the garden without sparkles.I visited the aspen grove to see the flammulated owls that I have been learning about for the last 42 years. None gave a territorial call; none uttered a food-begging call; none chirp-squeaked a mate-recognition call. I detected no eyeshine as I methodically worked my light through the crowns of the aspens. But one owl flew by to let me know they have not migrated.I watched the expanse of rubber rabbitbrush to see the insects that work the flowers. These robust shrubs of the sunflower family provide tiny sips of nectar in exchange for pollen delivery services. Butterflies and moths, bugs and beetles, bees and wasps, ants and more ants all frequent the rabbitbrush flowers; the total diversity of species is astounding. But I was a week early and found mostly flowers still in bud and so very few insects.These things I do because they make life real, because they enrich my own life. No matter how much I see, nature always presents more to be seen. And much of our wildlife presents such fascinating differences, day to day, season to season, year to year, that seeing them again and again is not a tedium but a pleasure.I must go. I have things to see. Kevin J. Cook is a freelance writer and naturalist based in Loveland. His Wildlife Window column appears in the Reporter-Herald every Thursday. http://www.reporterherald.com/columnists/wildlife-window/ci_31279588/seeing-nature-makes-life-real
It's time to stop and smell the wildflowers - Kenai Peninsula OnlineTuesday, June 27, 2017
Eskelin said.But the wildflower wait will end soon, leading to a wide array of flowers that create a palette of color.Alaska’s state flower, the sky-blue forget-me-not, can be found in alpine meadows, or as written in the margin of the 1917 bill that approved the flower as the Alaska Territory’s official floral emblem — “a little flower blossoms forth on every hill and dale, the emblem of the Pioneers upon the rugged trail.”According to Eskelin, low woodland areas are ideal for spotting the oval leaves of the low-bush cranberries or the four white petals of the dwarf dogwood.“Then, in the wetlands, the bog rosemary, the Labrador tea and the cloudberry should be blooming shortly,” Eskelin said.Joining them will be the aromatic smell of the prickly rose, with pink flowers.“The red elderberry is also really beautiful and pretty plentiful on the peninsula,” Eskelin said. “And raspberries, if you’re lucky enough to be close to a bush, are great. It isn’t a very showy flower, but we all love the fruit.”There is more to wildflowers than beauty and berries, though.“A lot of people pick the dandelions and the roses to make jellies, jams and teas,” Eskelin said. “If it’s on private property or a disturbed roadside, you can pick and enjoy them with some level of respect for the next person.”The light pink of the fireweed flower can be seen throughout the state. It is edible, making a great selection for jams, jellies, ice cream or, for a healthier option, salads.It’s important, though, to enjoy the wildflowers in their natural habitat instead of in a vase, Eskelin said.“Just enjoy seeing them and the way that they show up on the hillsides, making everything just gorgeous,” Eskelin said. “The wild roses are especially beautiful and that is a wonderful thing and if you pick them all, there are not enough for the next person.”And if the flowers are picked before they have the ... http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/local/2017-06-15/it-s-time-stop-and-smell-wildflowers
The 5 Best Places to See Wildflowers in the US - Care2.comTuesday, March 28, 2017
ColoradoWhat’s the main draw? Nestled inside Gunnison National Forest you will find the incredible Crested Butte. Every summer, this gorgeous area explodes with color.Who’s the star of the show? Alpine sunflowers are the go-to, but you’ll also find elephant head and death camas, which is a form of lily.When should I go? Between June and August.How should I prepare? If photography is your thing, see if you can get involved with a guided hike that will take you to the best spots for photos.Shenandoah National Park, VirginiaWhat’s the main draw? Shenandoah proudly boasts more than 850 species of wildflowers, and colorful birds to boot! Orange, purple and white blend together in a sea of utter gorgeousness.Who’s the star of the show? Columbines, touch-me-nots and ox-eye daisies.When should I go? Start checking the bloom calendars in late spring and early summer.How should I prepare? Bring a bird-watching guide this time around. You’ll love the extra experience!Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TennesseeWhat’s the main draw? All wildflower lovers will agree that Great Smoky is a hub for gorgeous flower varieties. You’ll find more than 1,500 different types here, popping up all around the forest floor at the close of the cold season.Who’s the star of the show? Ephemeral trillium, lady slipper orchids and violets.When should I go? Most flowers will start peaking in late winter and early spring. Some current sources suggest April is a great time to go!How should I prepare? Partake in educational seminars guided by local park rangers and keep an eye out for wildlife. This is a gorgeous place to behold.Hill Country, TexasWhat’s the main draw? “Southern Belle” is an expression for a reason; there are few things more beautiful than the luxurious cobalt of the Texas bluebonnet – a favorite of First Lady, ‘Lady Bird’ Johnson. You’ll find these blooming in the fields all along the highways of Texas Hill Country. Don’t miss it!Who’s the star of the show? The Texas bluebonnet.When should I go? Most sources suggest early April.How should I prepare? Bring a car or rent a car; these flowers go on for miles!Have you ever gone looking for wildflowers in the United States? Where did you go? Let us know in the comments!... http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-5-best-places-to-see-wildflowers-in-the-u-s.html
Autumn's late blooming flowers - Stuff.co.nzTuesday, March 28, 2017
READ MORE:* South African plants for Kiwi gardens* Best plants for autumn colour in small New Zealand gardens* A gardener's road trip to the Southern LakesSaxifrages are generally alpines – dwarf plants from challenging conditions in the mountains. There are mossy saxifrages, little cushions and silvery buns; and encrusted saxifrages, with rosettes edged with lime icing, all of which flower in spring. Fortune's saxifrage, Saxifraga fortunei, is larger – a woodland plant that flowers in autumn and is worth growing for its leaves alone. It's deciduous, but during the growing season, the fleshy, glossy leaves are a foliage feature. One of the two forms I have is 'Rubrifolia', the foliage of which is reddish green on top but beetroot on the reverse. Its stems are beetroot too, the contrast enhancing the frisson of the flowers, which in April are like a shower of silver stars. They're interesting in their detail because the lower two of the five petals are considerably elongated. Grow in full or part shade in good moist soil. Fortune's saxifrage will light up a dingy, dark spot but requires some care in its placement. It'll rot if the soil is too wet or badly drained; early frost will knock down the flowers. It can easily be divided in early spring. I've spread it among the contrasting foliage of ferns, where it makes a lovely green carpet. It was discovered in China and brought into cultivation in the mid-19th century by Robert Fortune; bless him for this and many other plant introductions. Crocuses generally flower in spring, but a few bloom in autumn, including Crocus speciosus. A friend gave me this plant years ago, and it has been quietly multiplying since. Flowering from the summer-dormant corms is sudden and unexpected; even though Ad Feedback I know they're there, I forget until the delicate violet-blue flowers appear on fragile stems 15cm tall. Closer study reveals branched, orange anthers. They come from the mountains of Turkey and Iran. - NZ Gardener... http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/90300487/autumns-late-blooming-flowers
Atascocita Lake Houston Florist helps clients celebrate special occasions - Community Impact NewspaperWednesday, April 11, 2018
M. “Buddy” Benz of Houston, the founder of the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University in College Station.“We still use everything I learned in that class,” Swanson said. “But in life, we are always learning, so I am always looking for classes to improve my art design, work and techniques.”Bouquets and arrangements are available for delivery for any occasion and flower preference. The flower shop also offers consultations for weddings, funerals, homecomings and proms.“It’s very personalized, and no two [orders) look exactly alike,” Swanson said. “It’s enjoyable to see that young people are so excited about their prom, and they really go all out.”The flower shop is expecting a busy prom and homecoming season, Swanson said.“Last year we did Texas-shaped mums, and customers were looking for bling and anything that will add to the shine,” she said.An array of plants, home decor, and baby and children items are also available, Swanson said. “Just like people, no two flowers look alike,” she said. “Each has [its]own unique personality and beauty. That’s another reason I’m still here, to share that beauty.”...
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Bring springtime indoors with beautiful arrangements from Flowerland - Midland Reporter-TelegramTuesday, March 27, 2018
Flowerland’s Chief Designer, Chris Collum, AIFD, TMF, has combined the latest fashion designs from around the world with his own creativity to create amazingly fresh looks that are uniquely west Texas.Where on the rainbow is your home’s ambient design? What color defines your décor? Wherever you fall on the rainbow, you’ll find your favorites at Flowerland. From light pastels to the season’s brightest colors, it’s all there.When you go in, feel free to browse all you want. Chris has divided the showroom into clearly defined areas with appropriate combinations of colors, flowers and accessories all designed to get you to the “Wow!” And, of course, to get your friends and family to the same place when you take those arrangements home and add them to your décor.If you see a design you like, but that just needs a couple of tweaks to make it perfect for your taste, be sure and ask. They can probably make that happen for you.In any and every season, flowers make the perfect gift—so remember birthdays, anniversaries and any other special occasion with beautiful and expressive flowers from Flowerland.March is the time to “spring forward” and the times are changing weekly at Flowerland—so go by today and see what exciting colors you can capture in order to update your own home.Go by Flowerland today—and again soon—and see how spring goes forward.Flowerland is located at 413 Andrews Highway in Midland. The phone number is 682-1634. Flowerland is an FTD and Teleflora florist. Their web address is www.flowerlandmidland.com.
Flower festival time: Cherry blossoms, tulips and lilacs: - News-Herald.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
S., but also music and comedy shows, art exhibits, a race and more. Another lilac festival is held on Mackinac Island in Michigan, June 8-17.Bluebonnet season brings out locals and visitors alike in Texas Hill Country. Typically they bloom the last week of March through April, though as with all flowers, it can be hard to predict.Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs through May 28 with display gardens, entertainment and more at the theme park just outside Orlando, Florida. http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20180312/ENTERTAINMENT/180319838