Items found in nature – plants, vegetables, fruits, flowers, barks and leaves – have been used for centuries as a natural dye for fabrics. From onion skins, safflowers to black walnuts, the below video shows you how to make natural and chemical-free dyes to stain fabrics. Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She […]DIY: How to Dye Fabric with Food Scraps and Flowers — Life & Soul Magazine
Celebrate the Environment each day everyday! Nature is a powerful healer and provider treat it with respect and gratitude. Harming the environment it’s flora, fauna, animals, plant kingdom and its indigenous beings is no longer to be appropriate, choice nor an option. If it wants it can take away from you everything in a split second and you won’t be able to do nothing. Make choices and choose leaders that serve the greater good of our planet.
People blame their environment. There is only one person to blame – and only one – themselves. – Robert Collier
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi
I was really intrigued when I saw a monkey orchid in Singapore orchid gardens. Believe me, it was looking exactly like a monkey. I got really inspired after seeing that weird flower and thought of doing a research on various weird looking flowers. I got a huge collection of rare and mysterious pictures of orchids and other flowers.
If you are a nature enthusiast, you will really enjoy this collection of flowers. This collection includes various rare orchids, tulips etc. Some of these flowers can be grown in your small garden and it can be a decor for your home.
Lets take a look at 33 of these amazing collection of rare and mysterious flowers: Here u get 30 exotic and colourful garden flowers.
1. Monkey Orchid
Scientific Name : Dracula saulii
2. Hooker’s Lips
Scientific Name : Psychotria elata
The bright red color of this flower attracts pollinators like humming bird. Commonly found in the rain forests of Central and South America. The flower looks like a pair of lips in its budding stage before fully blooming into a flower.
3. Naked Man Orchid
Scientific Name : Orchis italica
Commonly found in the Mediterranean. The lip of this orchid looks just like a man and hence called Naked man orchid.
Naked Man Orchid
4. Ice cream tulip
Scientific Name : Tulipa icecream
This flower definitely lives up to its name and looks exactly like a delicious ice cream cone. White petals are closely mounted against one another and form a central cone. Its visual appeal makes it a center-piece in any garden.
ice cream tulip
5. Moth Orchid
Scientific Name : Phalaenopsis
This is the most common orchid variety due to its ease of production and the availability of blooming plants all year-round. Found in Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Southern China, the Indian Subcontinent and Queensland.
6. Dancing Girls
Scientific Name : Impatiens bequaertii
Commonly found in the rain forests of East Africa. This flower is very small, about half inch in length.
7. Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid
Scientific Name : Ophrys bombyliflora
Comes under bee orchid species. This plant is a native of the Mediterranean region. It’s named after the Greek word bombylios, meaning bumble bee.
Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid
8. Swaddled Babies
Scientific Name : Anguloa uniflora
The flowers of this orchid resembles babies sleeping in a cradle. Commonly found in parts of South America.
9. Parrot Flower
10. Flying Duck Orchid
Scientific Name : Caleana major
This bright colored flower is a native of Australia. The bright purple color attracts pollinating agents.
Flying Duck Orchid
11. Tiger faced orchid
The center portion of this orchid flower looks exactly like the face of a tiger, as evident from the image below.
Tiger faced orchid
12. Happy Alien
Scientific Name : Calceolaria uniflora
This mountain plant is commonly found in the southern part of South America. Its combination of red, white and yellow colors makes it look like an alien.
13. Angel Orchid
Scientific Name : Habenaria grandifloriformis
This flower is white in color and the arrangement of petals makes it look like an angel. Commonly found in the grasslands of Southern India.
14. Dove Orchid
Scientific Name : Peristeria elata
A Native of Central America, the central portion of this white flower resembles a dove. Also called Holy Ghost Orchid.
15. Ballerina Orchid
Scientific Name : Caladenia melanema
This orchid exactly looks like a ballerina dancer. Commonly found in Australia.
16. White Egret Orchid
Scientific Name : Habenaria radiata
This orchid flower looks like a white egret in flight. Found in China, Japan, Korea and Russia.
White Egret Orchid
17. Jewel Orchid
Scientific Name : Anoectochilus geniculatus
These are so named because of the stunning patterns and coloration of their dramatic foliage.
18. Darth Vader Flower
Scientific Name : Aristolochia salvadorensis
This flower looks like the mask of popular Star Wars character Darth Vader and hence the name.
Darth Vader flower
19. Grey Spider Flower
Scientific Name : Grevillea buxifolia
This flower has yellowish and white petals, with stalks covered in reddish brown hairs. The arrangement makes it look like a grey spider. Commonly found in New South Wales in Australia.
Grey Spider Flower
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20. Sara Tree Flower
Scientific Name : Couroupita guianensis
Also known as Cannonball Tree Flower, this is a native to the rain forests of Central and South America.
Sara Tree Flower
21. Mirror Orchid
Scientific Name : Ophrys speculum
This petals of this unique orchid resembles a female wasp. Male wasps, thinking that the petals are a female, land on them and helps in pollination.
22. Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid
Scientific Name : Cypripedium acaule
This flower is commonly found in Canada. The petals are yellowish-brown to maroon in color with a large pouch that is usually a shade of pink. The pouch is prominent and gives this flower a lady’s slipper like look.
Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid
23. Lily-of-the-Valley Flower
Scientific Name : Convallaria majalis
Lily of the valley plants are one of the most fragrant and blooming plants in the spring and early summer throughout the northern temperate zone.
24. Bird of Paradise
Scientific Name : Strelitzia reginae
Also called Crane flower. This flower is a native of South Africa.
Bird of Paradise
25. Passiflora Violacea Victoria
This flower is purple in color with a dark center and white filament tips.
Passiflora Violacea Victoria
26. Paracaleana Nigrita
This flower resembles a bird in flight. Its a native of Australia.
27. Fly Orchid
Scientific Name : Ophrys insectifera
This orchid flower looks just like a fly and so it is called fly orchid. Commonly found in Europe.
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28. Skeleton Flower
Scientific Name : Diphylleia grayi
This flower is called skeleton flower because its petals turn crystal clear when they make contact with water. When dry, the flower is white in color!!!
29. The Bat Flower
Scientific Name : Tacca Chantrieri
This flower is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China. This flower is also called Devil’s flower, thanks to its devil like appearance.
The bat flower
Scientific Name : Ceropegia Haygarthii
The name of this flower was derived from the words ‘keros’ meaning wax and ‘pege’ meaning fountain. As the name suggests, this flower looks like a fountain of wax. Also called parachute flower or lantern flower. Commonly found in Africa, southern Asia and Australia.
31. Jungle Night Flower
Scientific Name : Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
This is the flower of elephant foot yam or stink lily, which is a tropical tuber crop grown in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Jungle Night Flower
32. Flame Lily
Scientific Name : Gloriosa superba
This flower, with its spectacular array of yellow and red colored petals, looks like a flame. Also known by the name fire lily. Commonly found in Asia and Africa.
33. Jeweled Carpet Flower
The arrangement of petals gives this flower a jewel – like appearance and hence called so.
Jeweled Carpet FlowerSource: Small Garden Ideas
If you’re looking for something to do, or feel like your life needs a slight change, then rearranging or giving your bedroom a little facelift is always definitely what you should do. But, you don’t want to spend tons of money or even take tones of time. I mean, you want to enjoy your updated… via…Easy and Inexpensive Ways To Give Your Bedroom A Makeover — Society19 — Wyndesong Collectibles
Flower flashes have been bringing some much needed colour, natural life and joy to the concrete jungle of New York, transforming trash cans into larger-than-life flower vases and embellishing the subway system.
The beautiful flower arrangements come courtesy of floral designer Lewis Miller and his team who create what they call “Flower Flashes” very early in the morning, which they aim to get finished before the daily stream of commuters hits the streets.
In addition to repurposing trash cans as flower vases, Lewis Miller Design have also used flowers to decorate a public phone booth with an abundant flow of blooms making their way on to the street.
Lewis Miller came up with the concept of flower flashes to “create an emotional response through flowers” and to “gift the people of New York the same experience he gives his paying clients”. All of the blooms used in the installations are repurposed from his company’s events. Passers-by are encouraged to admire the display and take a flower if they desire.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com