The current warm weather has gardeners itching to get out onto the fire escape or out into the backyard. From Sumatra to Norway, the blossoming of plants is triggered by environmental cues that, until recently, have been relatively constant. Across the temperate climes average annual temperatures continue to creep up the mercury, bringing earlier springs, and earlier spring flowers.
In England, dedicated naturalists have been recording the breaking of spring buds since the 1700s. Released by Britain’s Royal Society of Biological Sciences, a 250 year index shows the flowering dates of 405 species and demonstrates the impact of climate change on growth. The current index shows that for every 1C rise, bud burst occurred five days earlier.
On the U.S. side, Project BudBurst monitors the timing of phenological plant events (such as leafing, blooming and fruiting) by collecting data from citizen scientists across the country. The data they collect will help scientists understand how the alteration of to the climate will affect things like bird and insect diversity, pollination, and our own food production. The red maple and other ultra-early spring bloomers are the most doggedly watched by BudBurst’s team. Other ubiquitous, easy-to-identify plants such as common yarrow and trout lily open the study up to anyone – like maybe you?
San Diego-based orchestral outfit The Tree Ring hosted a hike-in show in the woods off Big Laguna Trail, in a place only reachable by foot. See the video above and this link for more.
From Nowness: Fashion’s Premier Florist Reveals the Secrets of a Perfect Bouquet (link)
In Vancouver? The Victory Gardens Launch Party and Silent Auction is on Friday, March 2nd, 7 – 11pm. (link)
The new book Wild Fermentation has been recommended to us by some serious foodies and chefs twice today. (link)
Leah Durant’s nature themed work. (link)
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When we were making the first issue of Wilder, Kate Sennert, the editor of Wilder, and I got in a conversation about sex and plants. Sure, there are plants that grow in very erotic formations naturally. There is also an entire genre of artists almost anthropomorphizing plants like Japanese photographer Araki Nobuyoshi’s work. Here, artists are pointing big huge arrows, jumping up and down and shining bright lights on the unfolding petals of a lily or a rose.
We were looking for a mash up of these two takes – plants that were shot in all their natural glory to expose the full breadth of emotion.Kate went looking for plants at their sexiest. She then sent those images to myself and the Art Director Monica Nelson. I just found the entire folder on external hard drive and am still blow away by some of the great, sexy plant imagery she dug up (pun guiltily intended).
Hit the FS button in the right hand corner of the image to enjoy them full screen.
When the driest places in the country drink in the annual spring rains, the result is kaleidoscopic.
Across the US, February and March are the months of the desert bloom, when long awaited rains coax flowers from the seemingly barren earth. Barrel,beavertail, hedgehog and cholla cactus erupt in pink, yellow, and palest white. Creosotebush, ocotillo, fiddleneck and lupine burst out yellow, orange, and brightest blue. And all across the landscape a thin veneer of green is showing- a fleeting and colorful reminder
that life thrives in even the most ‘barren’ of places.
“This made me realize I haven’t gone outside in nature in a really long time. I want to go now.”
It’s so easy to forget to go outside OUTSIDE when you live in the city. Don’t forget okay?
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