Over the Rainbow

Rainbow Roses, Over The Rainbow | Bloomsday Review

The first time you saw Rainbow Roses—or mums or carnations, similarly tinted—did you do a double-take? You can tell by the texture of the petals that the flowers are real and have not been spray-painted. But how do they get all those vivid colors (usually four but sometimes even more) into one flower? The answer …

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 …