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When he began documenting plant specimens, Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) did not consider himself a photographer, nor an expert in the natural world. The German sculpture instructor was compiling a teaching tool: a survey of natural forms that would serve as inspiration and reference for his students.
At age 72, 18th-century British artist Mary Delany began her floral collages. In an age of decoupage and floral paintings, her intricate paper art was a nod to both, and a new style of botanic art. 
Two brothers use nature as inspiration   
Dime-size purple-crimson flower clusters above black-tinted foliage. A sweet William from Sahin in the Netherlands. Biennial or short-lived perennial. Zones 4-8. b-and-t-world-seeds.com, chocolateflowerfarm.com, hardyplants.com, rushcreekgrowers.com 
Print-on-demand digital fabric is the newest frontier is custom fabrics and now design-your-own textiles are affordable and easy with Spoonflower.com. Spoonflower's fabric can be created and bought by anyone in small or big lengths (the opposite of "to the trade"-only designs), making a bespoke DIY project easier than ever.
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Amy Merrick's tablescape is inspired by the Dutch Master painting Still Life with Gilt Cup—she writes about how to put together a similar flower arrangement and where to find vessels, serving pieces, and flatware for your holiday table.
A new outdoor aesthetic emerges at the Milan Furniture Fair.
Solenostemon 'Chocolate Mint' is a rich new coleus with mahogany velvet leaves edged in chartreuse.
Petunia is the new black! Our columnist Anna Laurent investigates the "Black Velvet" petunia and its specially bred dark hues. Adored by designers and admired by breeders, the flower is the most recent addition to a trend for black-flowered plants.
A botanic illustrator and erstwhile music photographer, Frances Perlzman Liscio designs and photographs floral compositions that are a little Victorian, and a little rock star. 
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