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Bluebonnet fields

Top 10 places spring is in bloom

It’s a yearly miracle, when parts of the Earth awaken from their wintry slumber and erupt in a kaleidoscope of color. And some parts of the Earth are even more beautiful than others. Here’s a roundup of some of the best places to witness the visual feast, according to Cheapflights.com.

Bluebonnet fields, TexasUSA

Bluebonnet fields

Every spring, trails, state highways and fields throughout Texas erupt in a sea of bluebonnets, the state flower. The best time to bear witness to the phenomenon is March and April, when festivals pay homage to the flower.

Shibazakura Hill, Japan

Shibazakura Hill
The photo speaks for itself. More than 400,000 magenta, red and white-colored blooms carpet nearly 190,000 square feet of the foothills near Shibazakura, Japan every spring.

Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Canada

Canadian Tulip Festival
Every year in May, the capital of Canada hosts the world’s largest tulip festival, with 300,000 tulips in 60 varieties blooming in 30 flower beds. The tulips were a gift to Canada for providing safe harbor to the Dutch royal family during the German occupation of the Netherlands.

Keukenhof Holland, Lisse, Netherlands

Keukenhof Holland
This year, Keukenhof Holland marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh in a floral tribute with flower shows and a new ‘Selfie’ garden, a playful take on van Gogh’s self-portraits that recreates his auto-portrait with thousands of tulips. In total, the park is composed of 7 million bulbs including 800 varieties of tulips.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London, England

Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden is a one-of-a-kind place in many ways. For starters, it’s the oldest botanical garden in London, founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, and it is now one of the most important centers of botany and plant exchange in the world. Each plant in this garden is edible and useful, all playing a part in natural medicines.

Dunedin Botanic Garden

Rounding out their list is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa; Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand; Biltmore Blooms, Asheville, North Carolina, USA; Madeira Flower Festival, Funchal, Portugal; and Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Toowoomba, Australia.

Floral work by Lauren Messelian

Calvin Klein Collection pop-up floral shop

Floral work by Lauren Messelian

Calvin Klein Collection customers at the Madison Avenue store are able to buy from this week unique floral arrangements by Lauren Messelian.

The artist collaborates regularly with the brand on the store’s iconic floral installations as well as those in ‘s office and events.

Initially trained in fine arts at the University of Michigan, Messelian later continued her studies in Paris at Atelier 63 before moving back to New York City where she began to work with flowers.

Floral work by Lauren Messelian

The pieces she’s made for Calvin Klein Collection are described as “portable living sculptures, uniting art and design” and they feature succulent greens and stones captured in angular glass.

The curated floristry will be available from now through December 24, on the main floor of the store.

Messelian’s other high-profile fashion and arts clients and collaborators include Roger Vivier, Tods, Stella McCartney, Rachel Zoe, Michael Kors, Frye, Tory Burch, and the Guggenheim Museum.

Marni Flower market 2014

Marni’s pop-up flower market

Marni Flower market 2014

 is bringing a splash of color to Milan Fashion Week this fall with a pop-up flower market.

For one afternoon only, the city’s Rotonda della Besana will be filled with blooms as part of the brand’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

The brainchild of Carolina Castiglioni, Director of Special Projects at the luxury fashion house, “Marni Flower Market” will be overseen by Italian architect Stefano Rabolli Pansera, who recently curated the Angola Pavilion at the 55th Venice Art Biennale.

According to the brand, flower markets have always fascinated Castiglioni, with floral themes forming an essential part of the Marni narrative over the years. The event will see bouquets displayed against a backdrop of fabric from the label’s archives.

The market will also provide visitors with the opportunity to purchase vases, Japanese flower pots, tool bags and other gardening accessories in vintage Marni prints.

Marni Flower Market will be open on September 21 from 3pm – 8pm CET. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to children’s charities.

Flora by Gucci Fragrance

New fragrance by the house of Gucci, named Flora by Gucci, aims at young customers and it was inspired by a floral motive.

The name comes from their “iconic” floral print Flora which was first revealed on a Gucci scarf back in in 1966 for the royal Princess Grace.

Flora is, after Gucci by Gucci, the second fragrance under creative leadership of the house of Giannini from Florence.
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The Hana Table by Shige Hasegawa

Japanese designer Shige Hasegawa has created the Hana Table, which he will be exhibiting at the SaloneSatellite event during the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair.

“Hana” actually means flower in Japanese, which is pretty clearly the inspiration for this table.

Inspired by origami, the Hana table is constructed from five flower pedal-shaped plywood legs which collectively hold up the glass table top without the use of additional screws or bolts.
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Photos: Flower Market, Barcelona

Barcelona’s new wholesale flower market — Mercabarna-Flor — near the Barcelona International Airport was designed by Willy Muller Architects.

The most striking features of the new market are the multi-faceted angular roof structure and the multi-colored outer shell inspired by an aerial view of flower fields in full bloom. Source

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Lighting up the street, these plastic flowers and bushes are coated and molded with special glow paint.

Created by Pent Talvet & Kristian Paljasma, these special paints called “Luminaarparaad” absorb the solar energy during the day and thus glow at night.
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Flower Power Glass Tiles From SICIS

SICIS has released a brilliant “Flower Power” glass tiles collection that are certainly worth a look for an upcoming redesign that classy bathroom of yours.

A whole wall can become a work of art, with a floor to ceiling pattern of flowers. Or, you can use the tiles to highlight certain areas such as the fireplace, sink or shower.

Though heavy on the eyes, this vibrant pattern and its rich colors of the sunflowers, daisies, waterlilies, gerberas and poppies will definitely turn your bathroom into a work of art !
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World’s Most Expensive Wedding Bouquet

The bouquet, called “Thien hoa bach ngoc” (Thousands of flowers, hundreds of gemstones) was created by craftsmen from DOJI Gems & Trade JSC and LyLy Flower Supermarket in Hanoi.

It consists of white roses, white lilies, white orchids, moonflowers, the root of a 100-year-old ficus, several kinds of stones, paints, feathers and gemstones, including 90 two-carat red ruby facets, nine one-carat diamonds, and a 21.6-carat star ruby. The 100 gemstones are meant to symbolise 100 happy years of the couple.

Many people have asked about hiring or buying the bouquet to use in their weddings but DOJI refused. The firm wanted to keep the special bouquet for display.

Though, it has set a record to the Vietnamese Guinness Book of records for being the most expensive set of gemstone flowers with a price tag of VND2 billion ($125,000).

But I guess the only thing you could see now is a faded petal from this beautiful bouquet… Indeed, the bouquet was on display last summer at the Ruby Plaza in Hanoi, a recently erected retail and office building that offers six levels of high-end retailers, a luxury day spa, and a rooftop bar restaurant. It is expected to be one of the most sophisticated marketplaces in Vietnam