Hidden Heart-Shaped Garden
This heartwarming act of cultivating a heart shaped garden by a farmer in loving memory of his wife is a beautiful sight indeed.
Any act of kindness or remembrance, however small or grand, increases and pays forward one of the most needed commodities on this planet today - the incredible power of love.
Where the Leaves Go
Taming the Wild installation by design collective 3D Neighbours explores human intervention in the natural course of things, in this case, falling leaves. Displayed at this year’s Bagni di Lucca Art Festival in Tuscany, Italy.
Human Organs Created from Flora
English artist Camila Carlow created these lovely renderings of human organs by foraging for wild plants, weeds, and the occasional animal part and then sculpting and arranging these various bits of flora. Her series, entitled “Eye ‘Heart’ Spleen,” represents images of organs such as a heart, lungs, stomach, uterus, liver, and testicles, demonstrating the reflection of internal biological structures with external natural structures. From Carlow’s site,
“This work invites the viewer to regard our vital structures as beautiful living organisms, and to contemplate the miraculous work taking place inside our bodies, even in this very moment.”
You can order prints and keep up with this particular project’s developments via its Facebook page.
The Horrifying Bat Flower
This flower is an incredibly unusual looking species, with its black bat-shaped flower. The flowers themselves can grown up to twelve inches across and the ‘whiskers’ that you can see are known to grow up to thirty inches. So why does it look like the Predator? Of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Because Mother Nature is just as likely to scare us as to entrance.
Altogether the bat flower is one of the spookier plants you will come across – something Morticia Adams might like to have in her conservatory. There is certainly something of the triffid about them too, but the fact is that the wild variety of this plant species can be found in the Yunnan Province of China. It is also found in Thailand and Burma.
Vertical Garden Beautifully Colors Building in Paris
A novel way to bring more life and color into the “concrete jungles” of the world is to create a vertical garden. I vote that every city street have one to make up for the loss of foliage that big inner cities prevent. It literally causes the building and neighboring areas to come to life.
Patrick Blanc, a French botanist, artist and author, whose book, The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City, is considered a classic work on the subject, agrees that when it comes to vertical gardens, the challenges are great and the avenues varied. “In nature,” Mr. Blanc said, “plants grow in many different ways, and when it comes to creating vertical gardens, many things are possible. Different people have different approaches.”
Blanc created the vertical garden (featured above) at the intersection of Montorgueil, Reaumur Sebastopol and the Great Boulevards in Paris. As part of a private initiative to make Paris more eco-friendly, he took seven weeks in March and April to plant the seeds, nurturing over 7,600 plants belonging to 237 individual species. The stunning garden covers 250-square meters on the building’s face and quite incredible. The wall will be officially inaugurated during Paris Design Week in September, 2013.
Vertical gardens can evoke anything from a tropical jungle to a Monet landscape. But because gardens were intended to be horizontal, not vertical, and because water, left to its own devices, flows down and not sideways, they are always challenging to maintain.
Giant Amazon Water Lily
In 2002, the giant Amazon water lily growing at The Living Rainforest set a world record with a leaf 2.65m (8’ 6½’’) across. Their lily is a hybrid between the two South American species and was first raised in 1960 by Patrick Nutt at Longwood Gardens in America.
The leaves of the giant Amazon water lily grow over 2.5m (8’) across. The flowers are 30cm (12’’) wide and the leaf stalks grow with rising flood waters to exceed 6m (20’) long. This extraordinary relative of the garden-favorite lily was discovered in 1801 in a slow moving tributary of the Amazon River.
Red Beach, China
A surreal red landscape with water inlets swirling along the shoreline. Red Beach is located in the Liaohe River Delta, about 30 kilometers southwest of Panjin City in China. The beach’s unique color is caused by a type of plant called Suaeda vera or Shrubby Sea-blite which is a coastal species that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil. The plant remains green during the summer but in the fall, when the plant has matured, it takes on a deep red color creating a stunning red sea landscape. Red Beach is a nature reserve that is closed to the public, with the exception of a small, remote section open to tourists.