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Why are flowers so expensive?
Why does something you could just pluck out of the ground cost so much? There are several reasons: flowers are delicate, high maintenance, perishable, difficult to grow, often imported and can cross continents as they make their way from field to florist. So as 12 May approaches – Mother’s Day in nearly 100 countries – you may find yourself grumbling about how much a bouquet costs. But that price tag has to account for the house-of-cards nature of the product: the time and money farmers spend to hit holiday deadlines and the pressure for florists to match supply to demand, or lose out.

10 excellent summer flowers you’ve probably never heard of

Just because a plant isn’t popular or well known doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice.

The truth is, some of the best, toughest and most beautiful flowers are ones that a lot of people – especially nongardeners – have never heard of.

If you’re willing to plunge into the depths of the lesser known, here are 10 worthy annual flowers to consider planting for this summer.

Flower power: 10 of the world's best destinations for blooms
We never quite know when a particular flower will choose to bloom, but bloom they inevitably will. From vibrant tulips to delicate orchids, flowering plants cover the planet. It’s easy to be swept away by their fragrance and appearance; these buds hold more power than a muse to our poetic whimsy. Practically speaking, they form the foundational food source for ecosystems around the world. We have flowers to thank for the nourishment that sustains life—as well as the beauty they bring into it.

5 Must Do tips for updating your Outdoor Patio
INSIDE : Check out 5 must do tips for updating your outdoor space and creating a hang worthy place to be.  Learn how to get your patio summer ready for socializing in no time at all!

These Flowers Have Been Growing for 103 Years
M & S Schmalberg is trying to hold on to the craft it has perfected for more than a century: making silk flora for fashion brands.

This Step-by-Step Tutorial Shows You How to “Grow” Watercolor Flowers on Paper
The beauty of blooms have inspired artists for centuries. Flowers are a popular subject for painting, and they transcend media and artistic movements. No matter how they are depicted, image makers are compelled to record their captivating beauty on paper, canvas, and beyond. While you might be thinking that only trained artists should be painting, that’s simply not true. Learning how to paint flowers is available for anyone to learn, no matter their skill level.

7 Fragrant Flowers That Make a Garden (Or Bouquet) Smell Amazing
If you're planning an aromatic flower garden or want to choose the best-smelling flowers for your next arrangement, these are the plants to pick. From soothing-scented lavender to sweet-smelling hyacinth, these flowers will waft floral scents around your backyard—and when cut and placed into bouquets, will fill any room with their heady aroma. Before you plant any new varieties, be sure to check out the care tips and hardiness zones (find your zone here), to make sure your new flowers will thrive. Or, when you're choosing blooms for a fragrant bouquet at the grocery store, you can let this list—and your nose!— be your guide. Go ahead, stop and smell the roses (and gardenias, and hyacinths).

The Scary, Pretty Flower Paintings of Shara Hughes
Where would Van Gogh be without sunflowers? Monet without water lilies? Or O’Keeffe without her close-ups of black irises, whose voluptuous contours reminded some people (to Georgia’s great annoyance!) of female genitalia. From all those great Dutch still-life artists to Magritte and Lichtenstein and Elizabeth Peyton, almost every artist you can think of has painted them. And some examples—Picasso’s Woman-Flower of Françoise Gilot and Warhol’s quartet of silk-screened hibiscus—take up permanent residence in your consciousness.

8 tips for taking the best photos of flowers
Freehand flower photography out in nature (or your local neighborhood) is one of my favorite photography genres. In this article, and in the accompanying video, I will give you my 8 best tips for flower photography in the wild.

Study: Male and Female Bees Frequent Different Flowers
For scores of wild bee species, females and males visit very different flowers for food, according to a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE.

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