On June 8, 2012, as part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, the York Minister Cathedral held a dinner inside the cathedral.
British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey use grass to make pictures—"living" photographs. Wielding the traditional tools of the artist and the gardener to harness a plant's natural photosynthesis, their process is a nice synthesis of art and science. Harvey describes their natural medium, saying, "The grass has a certain importance because of the simplicity of the blade.
Mathilde Roussel is a French artist, who according to her website, "strives to question time considering both human and vegetal time." Her work explores the human body and how it occupies both time and space in the world.
I first learned about the world of homecoming mums when I was wandering the aisles of a Houston Hobby Lobby with my friend Jenny and my college boyfriend, both native Texans. Suddenly, I turned into an aisle of giant (and I mean GIANT) corsagesque-things. "What are these?" I asked. (I was born in Texas, but I wasn't raised there, so I am not culturally Texan.) They looked at me with surprise and Jenny said, "Mums. Didn't you have these growing up?"
Gartenkultur of Italy drilled holes in hardback books, puts in some mesh, and paints the pages with an insulating layer so that the pages won't get wet, fills up the hole with soil and plops in a plant. It's a bit meta, since, of course, books are made from trees, and now trees are growing inside the books!
Over at The Improvised Life, writer Matt Sumell sent in a photo of his car from his youth (from the photo, it looks like maybe the late 1970s or 1980s), when he turned the bumper of his car into a traveling window box.
At the time, he worked at Home Depot's gardening center, and he planted daisies and wildflowers in his custom bumper. Pretty cool!
[Related: The green bus roof.]
Jasmine, a long-time favorite flower of the Chinese, loved for its scent and use in tea, has been banned by the Chinese government. Starting in February, there was talk of a "jasmine revolution" floating around the internet and the Chinese government put in place an open-ended ban on selling jasmine at the retail and wholesale markets in Beijing. Even famous poetry about the fragrant flower has been yanked off the internet.
"Jasmine Becomes Contraband in China," The New York Times