Mutant-looking daisies are blooming near the doomed Fukushima nuclear power plant (but it’s not due to high levels of radiation)

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Monday 27 July 2015

Four years after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant went into meltdown, there’s life. Except this life is a lot different to the life that once inhabited the nearby area.

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Valentine’s day came and went, now see where those bouquets actually came from

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 February 2015

If you thought your Valentine’s roses came from a small, family-owned farm where joyful workers frolicked in the fields and handpicked roses for the love of handpicking roses, you’d be wrong. Chances are, if you live in New York or Miami and didn’t buy your roses from a farmstand, you probably bought them from a store that imported them all the way from a rose farm in Puente Piedra, Colombia.

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Forget taxidermy, now you can mount fresh flowers on your walls

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 6 February 2015

You’ve seen the latest craze of mounting fake antlers, but now there’s something extra cool you can attach to those walls: fresh flowers. Created by Elkebana, these flower arrangements are known as ikebana in Japan, and involve arranging flowers in such a way that they bring nature and humanity together.

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This flower turns amazingly transparent when touched by raindrops

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 18 November 2014

The Diphylleia Grayi is a wonderfully unique flower whose petals turn clear as glass when it’s splattered with raindrops. Commonly referred to as the skeleton flower, it hails from the moist wooded mountainsides in the colder regions of China and Japan. The flowers come out in late spring, with large, fuzzy green, umbrella-like foliage topped […]

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: The insect-attracting parachute flower is kinda awesome

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 17 September 2014

The parachute flower can be found in many different regions of the world, from northern Australia to southern China, Indonesia and Madagascar. While this might seem like just another houseplant, the parachute flower has a very special power that actually helps with flower pollination. The flower has ‘fused petals and a hairy lollipop like thing coming out of it’ that’s lined with tiny hairs that point downwards.

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Guess what? The first bonsai tree has finally been sent into space

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By Milo Sumner in Tech on Saturday 9 August 2014

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has taken a giant leap on behalf of mankind. The 38-year old recently became the person responsible for sending the first bonsai tree into space, a momentous occasion. Makoto is primarily concerned with installation art and this is no exception, except that normally his pieces are firmly on this planet. At […]

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Flowers that demand you give them a second look

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Friday 1 August 2014

We do not demand much from our flowers. They look quite pretty as they are and their role in our lives are also pretty standard thus far. But a few have gone beyond their call of duty and they certainly demand a second glance when the first didn’t quite catch the amazing similarity they withhold. We are talking about parts of or even the entire flower that resemble something else altogether.

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Octopus’s Garden: An innovative Australian florist just out of Sydney

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Monday 15 July 2013

Florist, Octopus’s Garden, opened just a few months back, showcasing hanging terrariums, plants in vintage pieces, and pineapple bouquets. Located in Long Jetty (about an hour and a half north of Sydney), the shop really struck a chord with us through their unique approach to plants: nothing is too weird, too wonderful or too stylish […]

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The Temps de Flors: an annual flower show in Girona, Spain

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 28 February 2013

Miquel del Pozo’s Temps de Flors in Girona, Spain, is a flower show held every year in the Barri Vell neighborhood. The beautiful flower exhibition transforms architecture and monuments in the city into works of art. This exhibition highlights the beauty and culture of this Catalonian city.

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Beautiful flower photography by Alexander James

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Photography on Tuesday 29 January 2013

Alexander James is a London-based photographer who creates fragile and beautiful photographs of roses. Using a self-developed process, James naturally removes all the coloured pigment from the rose and replaces it with water, leaving the plant to live and grow as normal. What’s left is a unique piece of transparent nature, which shows the complexity and beauty of itself: strikingly vulnerable and genuinely sophisticated.

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Time lapse video of flowers blooming

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Wednesday 23 January 2013

This beautiful time-lapse of blooming flowers was created by Katka Pruskova. Amazingly, this was the first time-lapse she’s ever created. The film captures the bloom of six different flowers, Amaryllis, Lilies, Zygocactus, Rose, Gladiolus and Gardenia, and was created from over 7,000 photos taken in 730 hours.

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Bath sponges and other household items in full bloom

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 28 November 2012

Swiss/Danish artist group Putput has only just established itself in 2011, but it’s already produced a horribly cool spread of multi-disciplinary projects that combine contemporary art photography, sculpture and installation. One of these, Inflorescence, has the group planting household items in real plants, looking like flowers in full bloom. It’s both elegantly disquieting and banal.

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Bloemencorso: The Netherlands’ annual flower parade

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Monday 12 November 2012

Bloemencorso is the annual parade of flowers in Zundert, the Netherlands. Each giant float is sculpted from thousands of flowers such as dahlias. You can see a little bit of everything at Bloemencorso, including intricate floats resemble exotic animals, puppets, and graffiti. You can see this stunning event for yourself on September 1 and 2, 2013.

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Click and Grow flower pot

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By Emily Nan Iason in New Products on Wednesday 15 August 2012

I like to think of myself as both being crafty and having a green thumb. However, I have been in denial. I can build a vegetable bed from scratch, but unfortunately the produce is measly at best. Which is why I was excited to see that there is a machine that will ensure my household […]

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Couture show walls covered in one million flowers

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Saturday 21 July 2012

Creative director, Raf Simmons, decorated the walls of the Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 Couture Show with one million flowers. The flowers were spread out over five rooms, and each room had its own color scheme. The decorating team used blue delphiniums, white orchids, pink peonies, and colored roses to cover each wall in this Parisian fashion show.

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