Plant Inspiration: Daffodils

Friday, March 28, 2014

Daffodils pretty much spells out spring with their happy yellow blooms. They’re a popular bulb in the garden because they’re low maintenance and hardy. They require just half a day of full sun with proper soil drainage. And they can be forced grown indoors, too! Plant them up in our living wall planters and you’ll have a sunny wall! More daffodil planting care via Alamanac.

Woolly Around the World

Thursday, March 27, 2014

So wonderful to see so many photos of Woolly Pockets growing everywhere. It’s time to get out and garden up, guys! We’re very excited to see our Mini Wallys in Patagonia. And how ridiculously awesome is the top right photo?! Beautiful photos from around the world by @dfiser3, Gorham’s Bluff, Natural Tree Products (New Zealand), @greenertrees, @phyliahair, @assemblyofthewild, @sariram, @PatagoniaATL, and @itonal.

Plantastic Mysteries: How Flowering Plants Changed the World

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Photo by Shotaku

Continuing with the spring floral vibes, I dug up some fun facts about flowers on National Geographic. We can all agree that flowers are beautiful and  smell delightful, too (well, most of them anyway). But if it weren’t for flowers, we wouldn’t exist. “As a food source flowering plants provide us and the rest of the animal world with the nourishment that is fundamental to our existence. Botanists call flowering plants angiosperms, from the Greek words for “vessel” and “seed.” Today flowering plant species outnumber by twenty to one those of ferns and cone-bearing trees, or conifers, which had thrived for 200 million years before the first bloom appeared.

“Before flowering plants appeared,” says Dale Russell, a paleontologist with North Carolina State University and the State Museum of Natural Sciences, “the world was like a Japanese garden: peaceful, somber, green; inhabited by fish, turtles, and dragonflies. After flowering plants, the world became like an English garden, full of bright color and variety, visited by butterflies and honeybees. Flowers of all shapes and colors bloomed among the greenery.”

Insects doubtless began visiting and pollinating angiosperms as soon as the new plants appeared on Earth some 130 million years ago. But it would be another 30 or 40 million years before flowering plants grabbed the attention of insect pollinators by flaunting flashy petals. Sometime between 70 and 100 million years ago the number of flowering plant species on Earth exploded, an event botanists refer to as the “great radiation.” The spark that ignited that explosion, said Friis, was the petal.

Eventually humans evolved, and the two kingdoms made another handshake. Through agriculture angiosperms met our need for sustenance. We in turn have taken certain species like corn and rice and given them unprecedented success, cultivating them in vast fields, pollinating them deliberately, consuming them with gusto. Virtually every nonmeat food we eat starts as a flowering plant, while the meats, milk, and eggs we consume come from livestock fattened on grains—flowering plants. Even the cotton we wear is an angiosperm.”

Plants & People Week 23

Monday, March 24, 2014

Plants & People are getting super colorful on instagram because it’s finally spring! We loved winter and the snow but we are loving splashes pinks and yellows even more. These vibrant photos were snapped by @helloalexiss, @xuzzi, @ruthbancroftgarden, @katieanndenis, @mente_de_rufus, @isabelitavirtual, @nayjimenez, @fabianml, @brightbazaar, @hunterairheart, @createdbylaura, @chriscodyyy, @mooncanyon, @hcanterbury.

Plant Inspiration: Tulips

Friday, March 21, 2014

Photo by Carlin

It’s officially spring which means a plethora or flowers are blossoming. One of our favorite perennials are the tulips as you might be seeing them pop up all over. There are so many types of tulips, even ones that can be forced grown indoors, too. Here are some tips to care for your tulips. Tulips grow in any well-drained soil. They prefer full sun to thrive, but you can often be successful in partial shade if you choose early bulbs. The amount of spring sun is the most important. After the tulips bloom, flower stems should be removed when the bloom has faded to encourage bulb development instead of seed development. Be sure to allow the leaves to grow until they naturally wither in June before you remove the foliage. More info via Bachman’s.

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