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Orchid gazing in Chiang Mai

“I don’t buy my wife flowers. She just likes photos of flowers. Saves me money.” – overheard in a greenhouse filled with orchids in Chiang Mai, Thailand. published on December 21, 2019. Photos courtesy of Kristina Anderson.


Arctic Blossoms: Purple Saxifrage

Purple Saxifrage

Purple Saxifrage a.k.a. Saxifraga oppositifolia has been around since at least the last ice age. Known as the northernmost wildflower on Earth as it’s found on the northernmost piece of land on Earth, Kaffeklubben Island, it can survive extremely cold environments periodically lacking in sunlight, lacking in water when everything is frozen over, and with …


Flowers in Saa Paper Crafts

Mulberry Paper, Flowers in Saa Paper Crafts | Bloomsday Review

Recently in Thailand on June 21 to 23, the village of Ton Pao, located in Chiang Mai province, held a festival called “Amazing Lanna Saa Paper Festival” promoting local handmade paper production and handicrafts. Our correspondent in Thailand, with camera in tow, braved the sweltering heat to attend the festival in search of handicrafts made …

Design, Travel

Unshrugged: Floral Street Art of Lewis Miller

Lewis Miller, the Banksy of floral street art, dazzles Gotham City once again. Our correspondent in NYC was taking a stroll around St. Patrick’s Cathedral when she spotted Miller’s recent addition to his Flower Flash series. And yet we thought Atlas had enough on his shoulders already. However, the boa constrictor of a flower lei …

Taste, Varieties

Edible, but is it Nutritious?

Edible Flowers from a garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand

One way to prevent your wilting flowers from going to waste is to eat them. Yes, eat the flowers. Our sources in Thailand inform us that Dianthus (see above photo) and Verbena flowers are edible, “but”, she says, “only the petals are edible”. So naturally, we wonder “is it nutritious?”. One duckduckgo search later and …


From Wildfire to Wildflower

California Poppy

Photograph by Milos Tonchevski (stock image). The super bloom is not a recent phenomenon. According to early Spanish explorers along the California coast, Native Americans would burn grassy fields in the wild, and then some time after, wildflowers would emerge from the burnt out areas. We know some plants to be more fire tolerant than …