How ingenious is this: a flower shop where rather than buying cut flowers, you buy photos of plant bits that are then constructed into 3-Dimensional arrangements.
Wolf Klein’s Der Blumenladen (The Flower Shop) is part old-school flower shop, part mad take-out menu, and part wacky flip book with a splash of conceptual art (at least that’s the impression given by Google’s translating tool — the site is in German). What’s more, patrons can mix it up by choosing leaves and flowers of assorted plants to build a monster plant or keep it simple with a sole flower. Whatever your floral tastes, cut stems last a week at best, while a photo lasts a lifetime Ã¢â‚¬â€œ no care required.
As if gardening with living plants isn’t enough to keep me occupied, I’ve recently become obsessed with plants crafted from paper. Download and construct your own garden of indoor houseplants, from the Epson Hong Kong site. Patterns include ivy, lucky bamboo, saguaro cactus, and a cute barrel cactus.
Guest post by Emira Mears
I’m a pretty big fan of Branch the currently online/soon to also be a physical store in San Francisco that bills itself as a purveyor of Sustainable Design for Living. They have a pretty great gardening section that seems to be a combo of novelty grow-in-one containers and some graceful design pieces like the Perch birdfeeder.
I just received their latest email newsletter and was inexplicably charmed by the very absurd Plant Me Pets. I think it might be the kind of situationist overtones of their “Plant Me” and “I’m the Tomato” badges that really seals the deal for me. I might just need one of these for work to remind me of the dirt waiting for me at home.
Guest post by Renee Garner
Most people would agree, gardening is an art form. Artist Paula Hayes takes this statement literally, but intensive devotion elevates her gardening into gallery worthy, fine art. Her delicate glass terrariums depict an idealistic quest most gardeners can relate to, but the interaction of plants to their tiny biosphere evokes a spiritual connection with materials often considered mundane. Hayes lives in New York City and is currently working on her terrariums and many gardens around the United States. Visit her interactive website here and learn more about her and see the progression of her fiber-based work to gardens.
Guest post by Amy Urquhart
I disovered a cool magazine when I was visiting my grandmother a couple of weekends ago. It’s called Birds and Blooms (Beauty in Your Own Backyard). It’s an American publication dedicated to showcasing…well, you guessed it: birds and plants (and butterflies too).
My interest in gardening extends back a few years, but just last year we started putting up bird feeders and buying bird seed and used a field guide to identify the feathered friends in our yard. So I was really happy to find a magazine that combines these two interests in such a natural way.