With friends like these, who needs anemones.
It’s like Chelsea Flower District Lite. How many hurried spouses have crashed past these stands in search of a last-chance rose or apologetic carnation? —MN
With many couples hosting destination weddings, shared villas are becoming more and more popular. Make it easy for guests to nibble at their own pace by placing fruit, muffins, croissants, fruit and a variety of cereals out on a pretty table with flowers, utensils, bowls and plates. Be sure to have coffee, tea and juice nearby!
Documenting wildflowers for The California Phenology Project with UC Santa Barbara researchers.
Botany nerds might catch the inspiration behind April 2nd’s Google doodle! Born on this day in 1647, Maria Sibylla Merian proved one of history’s greatest botanical illustrators, not to mention a leading mind in the early days of entomology and naturalist pursuits on the whole.
We’ve covered Merian’s work in a few previous Tumbls, but seeing as this day gives carte blanche for botanical illustration parties the world over (yep—absolutely, definitely a real phenomenon), some artwork couldn’t hurt.
These illustrations, most of them held in the NYBG’s Library archive, are pulled from the artist’s Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium. Color images are provided by the Smithsonian via the growing (and totally perusable) Biodiversity Heritage Library.
So happy birthday, Maria! Oh, and good lookin’ out, Google. —MN
Alexandre Herchcovitch / Tokyo / Studio ArthurCasas
This is a simple project to add some color or sparkle to any party or room décor. All you need is washi tape and glass votive holders (mine hold tea lights). Simply wrap a piece of tape around the outside of the holder. That’s it!
For free fonts that don’t make you cringe, check out Font Squirrel. Their goal is to be the best resource for high-quality, commercial-use, free fonts.
Wrapped in pretty paper, store-bought chocolate bars make elegant gifts for guests