Dutch farmers to tourists: Don’t trample our tulips
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch farmers have a message for tourists: Please don't trample upon our tulips.
Bulb fields close to the Netherlands' North Sea coast are a major tourist...
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — California officials have a message for people eager to see a rare wildflower bloom: please don't land your helicopter on our poppy fields.
RANKIN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the acquittal of an ex-East Pittsburgh police officer's fatal shooting of a teen (all times local):
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Like Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz," the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore is being overwhelmed by the power of the poppies.
Rain brings 2nd California super bloom in 2 years
BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California's Anza-Borrego desert in a...
Welcome the end of winter with a new spring wreath
Christmas wreaths on the front door are a tradition, but there are also wreaths that celebrate the arrival of warmer weather.
You can put up spring wreaths with an assortment of faux flowers...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — From a floral recreation of Woodstock to an exploration of the optical effects of psychedelia, the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show reinterprets 1960s counterculture in a...
Pruning tips to keep flowering shrubs blossoming for years
Deciduous shrubs — those that lose their leaves each winter — are always sending up new stems at or near ground level. This makes them forgiving plants to prune. New growth, wherever needed, can...
Some favorite garden vegetables attract pollinators, too
Planting clumps of bright, successively blooming flowers is a popular method for attracting foraging pollinators like bees and butterflies. But savvy vegetable and fruit growers know flowering edibles will entice them, too.
Ornamental shrubs, trees, crops and vines will bring pollinators to your yard while at the same time provide nourishment for the family table.
Petal to metal: Rose inspections didn’t stop during shutdown
MIAMI (AP) — Throughout the five-week government shutdown, one essential government service continued at Miami International Airport: checking for exotic bugs in bunches of roses destined for Valentine's Day bouquets.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture inspectors kept up their round-the-clock inspections without pay just as the pre-holiday rush of flower imports started to peak.
LAX inspectors stop pests in imported Valentine’s flowers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its agricultural specialists at Los Angeles International Airport are working hard to keep pests and diseases from entering the country with imported Valentine's Day flowers.
The agency says in a statement Tuesday that between Jan. 1 and Feb. 7, the specialists at LAX processed more than 16 million cut flower stems and intercepted 191 pests.
Poppies are tougher than they look and can be sown early
With seeds as fine as dust and flower petals as delicate as fairy shawls, it might seem that poppies are too fragile to have their seeds sown directly on melting snow or frozen ground.
But early sowing is a must, because the seedlings thrive during the cool, moist weather of early spring. And because poppies don't transplant well, their seeds are best sown right out in the flower beds.
Their daughter was crushed by bridge. They long for answers
MIAMI (AP) — For 20 minutes, Orlando Duran swallows his sorrow in the flower aisle at Publix.
Picking the perfect bouquet is paramount.
One by one, he inspects the posies for firm and sturdy stems, tight buds and bright, green leaves. Petals must be healthy, no discoloration or wilting.
"There it is, this is the one," he says as he points at an arrangement of lilies, hydrangeas and carnations.
Funeral for ‘Baby Jane Doe’ found near California highway
CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of people bearing flowers or stuffed animals attended a funeral for a newborn girl found dead last summer along a Southern California highway.
Authorities in Riverside County continue to investigate the death of the baby whose identity remains a mystery.
Anchorage abandons proposal to cut city flower program
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage officials abandoned proposed budget cuts to the city flower and horticulture program after residents showed strong opposition to the idea.
‘Corpse flower’ that smells like rotting flesh is in bloom
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A rare "corpse flower," nicknamed from its putrid smell, is in bloom at the greenhouse at New Hampshire's Dartmouth College.
College officials say the plant, nicknamed Morphy, opened Saturday. And the Hanover greenhouse is going to be open to the public for extended hours Sunday.
The flower is native to Sumatra's equatorial rainforests and has a long, pointy stalk with a skirt-like covering and tiny yellow flowers at its base.
‘Corpse flower’ that smells like dirty diapers to bloom
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, a rare "corpse flower" that gets its nickname from its putrid smell is expected to bloom next week at Dartmouth College's greenhouse.
Named Morphy, the titan arum is native to Sumatra's equatorial rainforests and has a long, pointy stalk with a skirt-like covering and tiny yellow flowers at its base. It blooms just for several days. When it does, it has an odor described as rotting flesh, a decaying animal or even soiled baby diapers.
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Garden cleanup shouldn’t be too thorough
Dead leaves on the ground, dead stems on trees and shrubs, dead plants where flowers and vegetables once strutted their stuff — how forlorn the yard can look this time of year. The urge is to tidy things up by blowing or raking leaves out of sight, pruning away unwanted branches and ripping dead plants out of the ground.
Garden cleanup has its virtues but can do more harm than good if taken to excess.
Chapel founder fills worship space with flowers for 50 years
SIDE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Every Sunday that the Chapel of the Pines Church in Side Lake has been open, Mariann Lowen has faithfully filled it with hand-picked flowers.
And she's done so for the past 50 years.
"I think it adds a lot to the service," she said with a grin. "We have beautiful trees and pine needles and it's a lovely site, but the building is kind of barren. So I bring a quilt and a wood carving with Bible verses on it to make it look a little more homey."
Minnesota couple works to restore native plants on 100 acres
AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — A couple is bringing back native prairie grasses, plants and flowers on nearly 100 acres (40 hectares) of land in southern Minnesota.
Michigan officials add insect, plant to invasives watch list
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are sounding the alarm about an exotic insect and a flower that would pose risks to agriculture and the environment if they reach the state.
The Department of Natural Resources has added the spotted lanternfly and the Japanese chaff flower to the invasive species watch list.
Under a steady rain, Rodarte’s fairy tale designs shimmer
NEW YORK (AP) — There was a steady rain coming down as guests were handed transparent umbrellas and seated in a flower-strewn cemetery in Manhattan's East Village for the return of Rodarte, designed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, to New York Fashion Week.
Virginia family nurtures monarch butterflies
STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — The Bergland family are enjoying a delightful experience this summer.
After planting milkweeds in their garden and watching caterpillars feast, dozens of monarch butterfly chrysalises now line their home, porch and fence that surround their property in Staunton.
When to plant bulbs in the fall? Science, nature offer clues
To ensure that bulbs planted in the fall will bloom in early spring, timing is important.
Plant too soon and the bulbs might rot in rain-saturated ground. Plant too late and they won't have time to build enough energy for flowering.
A soil thermometer is a more accurate tool than a calendar. The best time to plant bulbs varies according to where you live and what the weather has been like approaching autumn.
Popular corpse flower expected to bloom in September
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Botanic Gardens' corpse flower is expected to bloom in all its rotting-corpse-smelling glory in early to mid-September.
The Denver Post reports horticulturalists at the Gardens warned there is always the possibility that the bloom will be a bust, but the 18-year-old plant is enough of an anomaly to draw crowds.
Sunflowers in bloom a little early in the Sunflower State
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — It's an early sunflower season in the Sunflower State.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that sunflowers are blooming a couple of weeks early in parts of Kansas. Hunsinger Farms Sunflower Patch owner George Hunsinger blames "strange" weather. He says Labor Day weekend is typically prime bloom time.
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Iowa artist creates hues from Hartman Reserve foliage
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A watched pot never boils, goes the saying.
It's a lesson in patience — one of many, for Angela Waseskuk. She is the artist-in-residence at Hartman Reserve Nature Center, and her project has been learning about plants and other materials for making natural dyes.
"This has forced me to slow down and fully experience what I'm doing. I've done lots of research and educating myself, including getting to know what plants live here at Hartman," she said.
Stinky ‘corpse flower’ in full bloom in California
SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Visitors were flocking to the Huntington Library in Southern California on Friday to get a whiff of a so-called corpse flower, known for the rotten stench it releases when it blooms.
The flower, nicknamed "Stink," began blooming unexpectedly on Thursday night, Huntington spokeswoman Lisa Blackburn said.
Brussels highlights sun-splashed summer with flower carpet
BRUSSELS (AP) — Brussels is highlighting its sun-splashed summer with a Mexican-themed carpet of over half a million flowers on its historic Grand-Place.
The UNESCO World Heritage site on Thursday opened up the cobblestones of its market square for a giant display of flowers depicting scenes and symbols from Guanajuato, a Mexican region with an exceptionally rich culture and flower tradition.
Trying to capture never-before-seen photo of rare flower
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Mac Stone hangs 50 feet over knee-high swamp water with almost no leverage. He's setting up a camera piece by piece but knows if he makes any mistake, the whole thing could tumble down into the dark water below.
All of this work is to capture one never-before-seen photo of the giant sphinx moth pollinating the ghost orchid at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in north Collier County.
NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Hewitt found a special prize recently while wandering the streets of New York.
The 70-year-old spotted a mysterious patch of bright green leaves with tiny white flowers in a raised flower bed. It turned out to be tropical Mexican clover, a weed common in South America and Florida's orange groves, but never recorded before in the state.
"I get a tremendous kick out of identifying things," she said. "There's nothing more exciting."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A so-called corpse flower known for the rotten stench it releases appeared close to blooming Monday at the Huntington Library in Southern California.
The plant nicknamed "Li'l Stinker" plumped up in the last few days and was likely to bloom Monday or Tuesday, said Brandon Tam, an orchid specialist at the Huntington.
Ecuadorean townspeople build record pyramid of roses
TABACUNDO, Ecuador (AP) — The people in this small Andean town are the proud creators of the biggest floral structure ever built — a life-size replica of an indigenous pyramid made from 546,364 roses.
A judge for Guinness World Records took nearly all day Saturday to confirm that Tabacundo had achieved the record.
The blazing red pyramid rises in the town square. Nearly all the flowers are red roses, with 6 percent white, pink and yellow to provide white borders and a dazzling sun.
Trimming and tidying: Perennials need care too
The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have to replant them, at least in theory. This doesn't make all perennials care-free, though. Few of them let you just sit back to enjoy them year after year once they're planted.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Visitors are flocking to a Michigan botanical garden to get a whiff of the unpleasant-smelling "corpse flower" that's in full bloom for the first time in 18 years.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Crested Butte's wildflowers cast a spell on Michelle Bivens at an early age.
"It goes back to about 6 or 7 years old," she recalls, when her family camped every summer among the vibrant arrays, library books in hand to identify the great variety that makes the mountain town "the wildflower capital of Colorado."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After nearly 20 years on the federal list of endangered and threatened species, a tiny flowering plant that only grows on the shores around a single vernal pool in a Southern California mountain range has recovered.
The Hidden Lake bluecurl will officially be delisted on July 2, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The plant lives high in the San Jacinto Mountains around an ephemeral pool that comes and goes with the seasons.
Who couldn't love a plant with a name that speaks of both sweetness and nurturing? Yet there are those who scorn honeysuckle. And — just as bad — there are those who shower honeysuckles with too much affection.
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — It's a Saturday afternoon in April and the produce section inside Horrocks Farm Market is thick with people.
It's 30 degrees outside, less-than-perfect weather for a typical farm market, but the store's parking lot is nearly full.
Inside, the wide variety of goods for sale isn't typical of any other farm market in the area.
WINDSOR, England (AP) — Even the foliage in the flower arrangements will have royal roots.
Philippa Craddock, the London florist selected by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to design the blooms for their wedding ceremony, said Wednesday that ferns and branches of silver birch, English oak and beech from Windsor Great Park will be part of the greenery adorning the scenery at nearby St. George's Chapel.
DE SOTO, Kan. (AP) — Members of Kansas' congressional delegation are pushing for faster environmental cleanup at a former ammunition plant in the northeastern part of the state.
The Army resumed cleaning up contaminants three years ago at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant after a five-year shutdown. The facility near De Soto produced gunpowder for World War II artillery shells and rocket propellants during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vast stands of wild Louisiana irises — vibrant purple, blue, red, yellow and orange flowers that thrive in the wet, swampy state — have been replaced by roads and buildings, leading to concerns that they are running out of habitat. A small group of enthusiasts is doing its best to make sure that the widely varied group of plants doesn't go the way of the passenger pigeon.
Thieves uprooting Oregon’s state flower
DORENA, Ore. (AP) — Shovels in hand, a group of 15 middle school-aged kids from Dorena School took time out of their morning recently to plant Oregon grape at a nearby park.
The kids dug deep enough to give the plants' roots a firm footing and pulled up rocks to loosen the soil. Accustomed to such restoration work, the group had 40 plants in the ground in less than an hour. The Dorena School kids had a specific mission last Thursday: replace the Oregon grape plants stolen by thieves in the park.
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A conservation group is beginning a three-year drive to revamp about 1,500 vacant lots in east-central Michigan by planting flowers.
The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy started its campaign last week to transform nearly half of the 3,000 vacant lots owned by the Saginaw County Land Bank into plots planted with flowers, the Saginaw News reported.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens summer show alive with sound and motion
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens invites visitors to look at — and listen to — the beauty around them at its summer flower show, "Gardens of Sound and Motion," opening April 28 for a five-month run through the end of September.
Jordyn Melino, Phipps associate director of exhibits and show designer, continues the sensory theme that she began with the Victorian glasshouse's nod to scents and fragrances during the spring show.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say they've resumed the search for a 5-year-old lost in the frigid Androscoggin River, as people bring flowers to the site where the boy and his brother fell into the river.
Sam Smith wants to become a florist in the future.
The 'Too Good At Goodbyes' hitmaker - who is dating '13 Reasons Why' hunk Brandon Flynn - has revealed his aspiration to open his own coffee shop in London, which has a flower shop in the back room, where he'd be able to work when he is on a break from touring and making music, because flowers make him "happy".