Dispatch from mom! Our assistant editor's mom sent us snapshots and observations from the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show, which runs through this Sunday, March 13. Here's a look at one visitor's favorite displays and plants from this year's show.
Despite the insane heat, Katie Mendelson had a hankering for something more substantial this week and turned to Phaidon's Vegetables from an Italian Garden for a recipe. The result? Some delicious eggplant balls. It's a vegetarian take on meatballs and perfect for anyone whose eggplants are ready to be harvested in this heat.
A look at the Japan Bloom Fair that was held earlier this month in New York, showcasing the wide range of cut flowers available for export from Japan to the United States, including new varieties for 2012.
Ken Druse puts together "recipes" for your garden—whether you are looking for a Midwest prairie, a collage of trailing vines, a woodland nook, or a night-blooming palette—showing what to plant for each theme. Each garden "recipe" is captured in these beautiful images by Ellen Hoverkamp. The images are not only stunning, but practical—Druse and Hoverkamp put ground covers at the bottom, shrubs in the middle, and trees at the top.
Our latest Notes from a Flower Farm column, by Marigold and Mint, is a beautiful series of bouquets, all made with purple flowers. Whether arranged in groupings of single specimens or layered in a hand-tied bouquet in a range of tonal hues, these purple flowers are showcased in all of their glory in these gorgeous arrangements. Plus: Tips and tricks for keeping violet flowers at their best.
Lines are out the door for the last few days of the Metropolitan Museum's Alexander McQueen show, "Savage Beauty." The natural world was a big inspiration for McQueen's work and we take a look at a few designs from the late, great designer that were directly influenced by flora and fauna.