Above: Diana Vreeland of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and the Fashion Hall of Fame with a rose in her hair.
Vreeland once told Billy Baldwin, the interior director of her infamous apartment, “I want this place to look like a garden, but a garden in hell.” I think Billy nailed it.
Flesh scented flowers, leaves that catch insects, and natural compounds that will make you hallucinate for days. There are countless marvels and oddities in the plant world, and here are just a few: The giant amazon water lily, with its 10 foot diameter and ability to hold up to 70 pounds. The enormous gunnera, with leaves 6 feet wide and 8 feet long. And the saguaro cactus, towering icon of the southwest.
Pable Picasso, 1949 shot by Gjon Mili
Pictured: Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
Pictured: Gladiola (Gladiolus)
Legendary actress Butterfly Hu.
Pictured: Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)
British actress Helen Mirren cracks me up.
Pictured: Nepenthes ‘Helen,’ a carnivorous plant named after her, on press day at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2011
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