For three days during the gray month of November, Parisians were surprised with pop-up bubbles—greenhouses filled with hanging plants, seemingly appearing about of nowhere. Actually, these bubbles were the project of the Flower Council of Holland, and were designed by French designer Amaury Gallon, who is well known for his vertical gardens. Named Ma bulle, ma plante et moi (or My Bubble, My Plant and Me), the project was inspired by Andy Warhol's prophecy that everyone would have 15 minutes of fame.
As any kitchen gardener knows, you can't beat a salad made of greens picked the same day. Mike Madison, a California farmer, writes about the ease with which most of us can grow salad greens: "Lettuce breeding is all about color and form. The loose-leaf lettuces in particular have wonderful leaf shapes. Some appear to have been designed by Picasso, others by Matisse."
Among the valleys and foothills in Israel's Negev desert is a plant that can water itself, in a manner of speaking. The desert rhubarb (Rheum palaestinum) is the only known desert-dwelling species to have evolved a self-irrigating mechanism.