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Archive for October, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31st, 2015


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Robin Wood Flowers, OH

Black kale with bright orange contrasts are all the rage this Halloween!

Fun Twist for Halloween

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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It’s a WHITE HALLOWEEN! Our own great white pumpkin with dahlias, succulents, poppies and blushing bride flowers from BBrooks member Floral Art, CA.

Happy Halloween from Kula, HI

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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With some of the best views in Maui farm country, Kula Country Farm Stand promises just rewards for those who are deserving!  kula view.1

Tricks Without Treats

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

A lot of flowers provide a treat, like a sweet-smelling treat or a nectar reward for the service of pollination….  Not so with all…. The plants featured below trick their pollinators and don’t give a treat back. It’s a horticultural twist on trick or treat.

Dolls Eyes

Dracula orchid, Dolls Eyes (seen above), Poison Ivy, Bleeding Tooth fungus…. the names say it all… As seen in Chicago Tribune Oct 2015

Strange – But True!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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The Haleakala Silversword is found only within a 250 acre area on Mount Haleakala, on the island of Maui in Hawaii.  Its habitat is at an elevation of 7000 – 10,000 ft, in soil composed of volcanic cinders.

Silverswords live for about 10 to 50 years as a low, round bush like the one in the left edge of the photo above. At the end of their life, they send up a flowering stalk that can grow over 6 feet tall within a few weeks, and produce up to 600 flower heads.

 Silverswords have adapted to their dry environment by storing a large amount of water in their thick leaves. As the flowering stalk grows, it pulls water from the leaves and they begin to droop, like the one above.

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The Haleakala Silversword is a member of the Silversword Alliance, a group of about 30 plant species throughout Hawaii, which are believed to have evolved millions of years ago from tarweed plants in California. These tarweed seeds floated over 2000 miles on the open ocean to colonize the Hawaiian islands. Both silverswords and tarweeds are members of the sunflower family.

The Haleakala Silversword is a threatened species. It used to be threatened by overzealous tourists and grazing cattle. Now that Haleakala is a National Park, the tourists and cattle are kept under control. What threatens the silverswords today is an invasive species of ant from Argentina, which is preying on the native insects that pollinate the silverswords. Since silverswords flower only once in their long life, this small window for pollination is critical to their survival.

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After being pollinated, and spreading its seeds to the Hawaiian winds, the silversword dies. In the photo below, you can finally see why they call this plant “silver sword”. A new silversword is growing directly behind the old, shriveled leaves and sword.

The Hawaiian name for this plant is ‘āhinahina, which translates to “very gray”. Or maybe silver, it’s hard to say.

As seen at Kind of Curious

Creepy Crawly Flighty Little Pollinators

Monday, October 26th, 2015


Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world’s flowering plants. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn’t have much to eat or look at! Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include species of ants, bats, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, as well as other unusual animals.  Wind and water also play a role in the pollination of many plants.

Artwork by © Paul Mirocha 2004

The Grand Flourish

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A man-made mountain blanketed in royal blue and purple flowers and set within former palace grounds, now the world’s largest museum, conjures up the type of grand flourish once commissioned by kings.

Its construction within the Cour Carrée, the exquisite quadrilateral courtyard at the Louvre’s east end, began as it always does ahead of Paris Fashion Week: first the fencing, then the frame demarcating the perimeter of the tent, followed by the support beams and white shell. But at some point last week, there were signs that this structure would be different; namely, an undulating wood grid protruding from one of its sides. Over the next few days, a team totaling 100 continued adding to the structure so that by Wednesday, museumgoers peering out from the royal apartments began marveling at – and photographing – half-planted hill.

Autumn Inspiration

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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Gregory Britt of Tourterelle Floral Design describes his approach to using his favorite autumnal finds.  To learn more, read The Scout Guide.

Succelent Celebrations

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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Succulents have been so popular this year! Here is another great display from

The Succulent Perch, CA.

Flower House is This Weekend!

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The Flower House Project will be available for the public to view from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18. The house is located at 11751 Dequindre St. in Hamtramck, MI.


Cutting edge florists from Michigan and across the country will fill the walls and ceilings of an abandoned detroit house with American Grown Flowers and living plants for a weekend installation.

Tickets for general admission will be $15 each, with all proceeds going toward deconstruction efforts. Children under 12 are admitted free with an adult.