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More flowers, fewer cars: the rewilders turning parking spaces into parks

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As more towns and cities bring in measures to curb traffic and the number of cars on the streets, the idea of converting parking spaces into “parklets” is gaining traction. These tiny green parks are part of a trend i...

White solidarity doesn’t last much longer than the flowers left as memorials to Black lives

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By the time the white people showed up on Sunday, the rain had stopped. The food line for the needy that once snaked around Chilly Waters barber shop had significantly shortened. Buffalo police no longer needed to dir...

Lily van der Stokker: ‘Flowers are a forbidden symbol’

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Flowers blossom in bursts of cartoon euphoria throughout Lily van der Stokker’s new exhibition Thank You Darling. In one rectangular mural they repeat like absent-minded doodles in the margins of school notebooks. The...

How UK shoppers can buy beautifully ethical flowers

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The carbon footprint of imported flowers can be 10 times that of a homegrown bouquet, so it pays to “buy small and buy British”. That was one of the conclusions of a Lancaster University study in 2018 that looked at t...

‘An abundance of blooms’: readers’ best spring flowers in the UK and Europe

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The Azores, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the remotest parts of Europe. Often considered the European Hawaii, with a strong volcanic presence, from black sand to geysers, the Azores are also known fo...

Blooming flowers, fledgling birds … the UK’s spring is early – and always will be

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A blackbird feeding a fledged youngster in early January. Red campions flowering four months early. And the earliest recorded sighting of a rare beetle. Wildlife experts and gardeners are reporting a series of highly ...

Flowers arriving a month early in UK as climate heats up

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Plants are flowering a month earlier in the UK as the climate heats up, a study has found. The researchers examined 420,000 recorded dates of first flowering for more than 400 species, dating to 1793. The average date...

When is it best to send me flowers? Any day ending in a ‘y’ will do

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Twelve red roses for a paramour on Valentine’s Day; a sunny bunch of “get well soon” flowers in a vase on a hospital bedside table; birthday bouquets; an apology orchid in a handcrafted pot. I love, love, love receivi...

10 of the best places in Britain to see spring flowers: readers’ tips

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Clusters of cotton, amethyst and mustard sprout proud from the morning dew; crocuses thrive above ground as the harsh winter sun gives way to a blinding dawn of new; a sign from Mother Nature that the seasons are chan...