May 2, 2015 |
Andrew Olson, a horticulturist and co-owner of Farm 51, a West Philadelphia vegetable garden, spends his days navigating all the familiar obstacles that come with farming on vacant lots: limited water access, soil contamination, land tenure, and security concerns. But these days his harvest is fewer turnips, more tulips. Last fall, he and business partner Erica Maust launched Chicory, an urban flower farm and design studio on two quarter-acre parcels, one in West Philadelphia and another in Roxborough.
November 16, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Marathon is the official start of the cold-weather running season, so in honor of the Olympian efforts sure to be on display next Sunday, we turn our attention to bold running/yoga tights - because at Mile 23, a little floral action goes a long way in lifting both spirits and legs. The trendlet Whether looping Kelly Drive or repeating squats ad nauseam at the neighborhood barre studio, you'll be sure to see your fair share of colorful and color-blocked running and yoga tights.
March 20, 2014 |
After growing out of my Hawaiian shorts-suit obsession back in the 1980s, I let most of the floral prints in my wardrobe go. The big blooms were just too busy for my burgeoning minimalist tastes. Not only were those flowery designs loud, but they also came with too many rules. Sheer peony blouses were cheap-girl no-nos. Patterns always matched. Colors never clashed. And after Labor Day, all things hyacinth- and hydrangea-covered were buried in the back of the closet. It's no wonder I'm a fan of this spring's verdant vibe.
March 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Talk about a caffeine buzz: A new study says honeybees get a shot of caffeine from certain flowers, and it perks up their memory. That spurs them to return to the same type of plant, boosting its prospects for pollination and the future of the plant species. Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that one of the flowers is the coffee plant. Its nectar offers about as much caffeine concentration as a cup of instant coffee, according to researchers. But some citrus plants serve caffeine too, albeit in lower concentrations.
September 20, 2011 |
A garden of gold flutters on the horizon like a mirage. One wave of flowers follows another, a sporadic but exuberant parade of blossoms that readily inspires a smile. Welcome to Cherry Hill's Route 70, where eight miles of wildflowers are abloom between lanes of concrete and 60,000 daily vehicles. "Residents love it; environmentalists love it; I love it," says Mayor Bernie Platt, who championed the pilot plantings, along with State Sen. James Beach (D., Camden). The effort cost between $8,000 and $10,000, all of it from donations, including from township police officers and firefighters.
May 31, 2011 |
In Philadelphia, people pilfer peonies, hijack hydrangeas, and abduct azaleas. Victims don't usually report this dirty crime, so no one knows how common it is. But every spring, neighbors trade tales of purloined plants. "It's just irritating, because you're like, 'Really, they're going to steal plants now?' You almost can't have anything nice in front of your house because it's going to get smashed or ruined," said Tara Martello, an occupational therapist who lives in the city's Fairmount section.
May 14, 2008 |
Here's a little secret. Barbara Pomerantz murders plants. Not intentionally, mind you. The president of the Rittenhouse Square Flower Market Association really has tried to keep her dieffenbachia and African violets alive. She just doesn't have the knack. And this worried her in 2000, when she was invited to join the all-volunteer association. After all, the group has a long, honorable tradition to uphold. It's been around since 1914 - one of the city's oldest traditions.
January 13, 2008 |
This year will be chock-full of 1968 commemorations. Deservedly so, because that was a pivotal year in which the convulsions of a decade converged and the country slouched over the edge of a precipice. It was, after all, the year of the Tet offensive in Vietnam; Walter Cronkite's televised farewell to victory in that wretched war; the My Lai massacre (unknown until the next year); Eugene McCarthy's presidential run; Columbia University's uprising; President Johnson's decision not to run for a second full term; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination; scores of subsequent riots; Robert F. Kennedy's assassination; the Chicago Democratic Convention riot; the Miss America protest in Atlantic City; Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" and election; and, for good measure, the first manned voyages in the Apollo program - not to mention Prague Spring, the French student uprising, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and, in Mexico City, the massacre of protesting students and the black power salutes of Olympic athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith.
September 30, 2007 |
The hibiscus blooms into trumpets of floral beauty. "But it's also stubborn as hell," says Nongyao "Moon" Krapugthong. "Just like me. " "The flower is so delicate it won't live if you cut it," the Bangkok-born chef says. "But the plant itself is a survivor. Take just one stick and put it in the ground, and it will grow in the sand or mud. " After two surgeries for breast cancer in 2001 and 2002, Krapugthong knows a few things about surviving a cruel cut. So it's little wonder the Bangkok-born chef gave her Manayunk restaurant the Thai name for hibiscus: Chabaa.
June 1, 2006
AS WE CELEBRATED Memorial Day and pondered its significance, it is difficult to comprehend the rudeness that commencement speaker John McCain had to endure at the New School in New York. I hope that the indecorous young collegian who dishonored Sen. McCain gets the opportunity to read Christine Flowers' persuasively penned May 26 Daily News op-ed. Then her education would be complete. David Lynch Willow Grove