These Green Buildings Are Inspired by Flowers

Flower Inspired Architecture

The glorious flower has become the inspiration for some modern architects who constructed flower-shaped buildings in their effort to bring a little bit of nature into the urban landscape. The results are astounding, to say the least. Plus, many of these structures are certified “green” and are examples of how future architecture can reduce the use of resources while still looking amazing. Here at French Florist we’ve put together a list of some of most striking buildings from across the globe that are designed to look like a flower.

 

ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum

Singapore

Like a Lotus Blossom spinning on the surface of the water, the ArtScience museum in Singapore floats above the ground with radiating petals of differing heights bringing a little bit of nature into the urban landscape. A stunning structure with walls that curve upward seamlessly, this building also has many sustainable and energy-efficient features. The tops of the petals have rectangular skylights to allow natural sunlight to illuminate the galleries. The center of the roof has an oculus where rain pours down forming a waterfall that falls through the center of the building to the bottom level emptying into a reflection pool. The water is recycled to create a continuous waterfall loop as well as furnish water to the restrooms and exterior landscape.

 

Lotus Temple, Dehli

Lotus Temple, Dehli

The Lotus Temple (Baha’i House of Worship)

Delhi, India

Also shaped like a Lotus Blossom flower, the Lotus Temple in Delhi showcases the symmetry of this beautiful flower while also paying homage to nature and the Creator. Perfectly balanced from all angles, there are three levels of lotus blossom petals that encircle the interior dome. The lower level of petals turn outwards to create a canopied rooftop over each of the nine entrances. In front of each entrance are decorative reflection pools in the shape of lotus blossom leaves. The reflection pools not only provide cool air to the interior of the building also present the illusion that the flower is floating on water. Inside, there’s no decoration besides the play of light and reflection from the water. Open to all faiths and all religions, the Lotus Temple is one of the most visited sites in the world

 

Wuhan. Wuhan New Energy Centre. Photo: Soeters Van Eldonk

Wuhan Energy Flower Building

Wuhan, China

Rising up from the landscape and facing the sun like a bold, proud flower, the Wuhan Energy building is an incredible example of sustainable architecture and a display of new energy sources. The design, inspired by the beautiful calla lily, has a circular roof covered with solar panels to soak up the sun’s energy. Sitting atop the tower at an angle, the roof is able to provide shade to the tower underneath during China’s hottest summer days. The rooftop is also shaped like a chalice to catch rainwater for recycling it throughout the building, Inside the giant pistil are wind turbines which produce another alternative energy source to power the building. Impressively, this building emits zero carbon emissions and is one of the most energy-efficient and sustainable structures in the world.

Check Out These Cool Flower ID Apps

Identify your flowers in an instant

If you’ve ever wanted to know as much as you possibly could about your favorite flowers and plants, then download one of the below plant and flower identifier apps and you’ll feel like a botany expert! Plant identification apps have grown in popularity, and number, in the past few years with improved technology and social networks providing you will detailed information on thousands of flora species. Here at Los Angeles’  top flower shop, French Florist, we’ve done the work for you by listing some of the best plant and flower ID apps available for you to download. You’re going to love them!

Boasting only the most premium of floral varieties, such as Roses, Hydrangea, Cymbidium Orchids, Miniature Calla Lilies, and much more, this clustered bouquet is hand-designed only by the best,

Awesome Flower and Plant Identification Apps

What’s That Flower?

This flower identification app starts with about the flower you want to identify. First, you select the color, the habitat, and then the number of petals it has. Based on your answers, the app presents a multitude of flower varieties that fall into that category. It’s fun to peruse through all the flowers. Plus, when you select a particular flower, you can learn more about it including its taxonomy.

FlowerChecker

This identification app is service-based where you upload a picture of an unknown plant or flower (or lichen, moss, and even fungi) and a team of real botanists will reply. The response may take several minutes or several hours, but the developers claim to be able to identify over 90% of plants. Each correct identification costs .99 cents, but there is no charge if they are unable to provide an identification.

PictureThis

This app uses artificial intelligence to identify plants and flowers and is very easy to use. Just upload a photo of the plant you want to be identified, or take a picture, and then just wait for it to do its magic. The developers claim the advanced AI of this app has identified over 27 million plants with 99% accuracy. In addition to identification, PictureThis also provides plant care tips, diagnoses for sick plants, pest control for plants, and more. This app is a subscription-based app but offers a 7-day free trial period.

PlantNet

Similar to PictureThis, you upload or take a picture of a plant or flower and visual recognition software will provide potential matches. Their database includes flowering plants, grasses, trees, conifers, vines, cacti, and more. PlantNet is also a citizen science project in that all the plant photos are collected and analyzed by botanists around the world to better understand plant biodiversity. This is a free app and is very well-reviewed.

Other Super Cool Plant Identification Apps

There are multiple plant and flower identification apps available and you may want to download more than one. Here are a few notable others:

  • Plantix – popular with gardeners and farmers, this app identifies plants and plant diseases.
  • Smart Plant Home – submit a photo of a plant to an expert team who will not only identify it but also tell you how to care for it.
  • LeafSnap – identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

And for all the wildflower lovers out there, there are wildflower ID apps available for almost every region and state of the U.S. Use this list of wildflower apps to find one in your area.

What We Love About English Garden Style Arrangements

The English Garden style, also known as the English Cottage style, refers to a type of flower arrangement that contains blooms that look like they just came out of a blooming summer English garden. The key element being that all of the florals look like they were grown together in nature and are, of course, all from the same season.

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Hanging Planters for a Charming Porch

Jazz up your backyard space and impress with neighbors by adding some hanging planters to your outdoor space. Whether it’s a pop of color from a blooming plant or interesting trailing vines, putting plants at eye level is a great and interesting way to liven up any outdoor area.

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5 Best Things About Eco-Friendly Floristry

To make sure Mother Nature keeps providing us with a beautiful habitat and all of her other glories, especially flowers, we here at French Florist strive to follow eco-friendly floristry practices while continuing to deliver the Los Angeles area with stunningly beautiful designs and bouquets made up of the freshest flowers out there.

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Pretty Pastels for Mother’s Day

Use lovely pastel blossoms to usher in spring and celebrate Mother’s Day! What’s great about pastel-colored florals is they go with any decor, and they exude vibes of positivity and good cheer. Their soft-hued tones are perfect for brightening a person’s day time in a graceful and elegant fashion. Perfect for Easter celebrations, Mother’s Day, or just because, pretty pastel blossoms are a delight to see!

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A Healthy Solution to the Effects of Social Distancing

To Our Flower-Loving Friends and Family,

French Florist cares deeply about our customers, and we wanted to let you know we are committed to continuing to serve our local and online community during the COVID-19 pandemic as safely and for as long as we possibly can.

With social distancing, schools and churches closed, events canceled, and

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The Special Flowers Loved Most by These Special Women

If you’ve ever wondered what the favorite flower of some of your favorite celebrity women, then you’ve arrived at the right spot. For Women’s History Month, Los Angeles’ floral expert’s French Florist has organized a list of pretty influential women from the past and now and highlight their favorite flower.

Mokara Orchid

Mokara Orchid

Angelina Jolie – Orchid

It is no surprise, someone who’s graceful, beautiful, mysterious, and exotic like Angelina Jolie, that her favorite flower is the orchid, also beautiful and exotic. Prized the world over because of the orchid’s unique design of three petals with different shapes based on the species, their fragile blooms also come in almost every color of the rainbow (except for black!) Orchids represent beauty, grace, love, and strength — all attributes Angelina Jolie possesses as well.

Anemones

Anemones

Anne Hathaway – Anemones

The striking and bright anemone flower is Anne Hathaway’s favorite flower. A talented and graceful actress, it is no wonder the variety of colors anemones are available in, and their associated meanings appeal to Anne, who has a diverse acting range. Pink and red anemones represent forsaken love, purple anemones offer protection against evil spirits, and white anemones signify grace, innocence, and purity.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Katy Perry – White and Purple Hydrangeas

Kay Perry’s favorite flower is the beautiful blooming hydrangea. With a lush, bountiful head of colorful flowers, the hydrangea shrub is popular in many gardens, as well as in floral arrangements. Katy prefers purple and white hydrangea, and these two colors together symbolize love, grace, purity, understanding, and royalty.

Bluebells

Bluebells

Lady Bird Johnson – Lavender Bluebell

An advocate for growing trees and flowers on the freeways and in urban areas across the U.S., Lady Bird Johnson’s love of blossoms had a massive influence while she was First Lady. Lady Bird’s preferred floral was the Lavender Bluebell, a shiny, pink, and lavender wildflower that takes to life any backyard garden. The bluebell floral represents undying, gratitude, devotion, and humility like – traits the inimitable Lady Bird Johnson also had.

White Roses

White Roses

Lady Gaga – White Roses

Lady Gaga’s favorite flower is the lovely white rose. Symbolizing rebirth, peace, love, and purity, the gorgeous and delicate white rose is also a popular wedding flower. An arrangement of white roses in a vase is also great for radiating positive energy throughout the space, which is probably why Lady Gaga loves to have her dressing room adorned with white roses.

Bring a touch of elegance to any special occasion with this stunning all white design. This dazzling design includes hydrangea, calla lilies and roses and is accented with a bear grass bow looped around the square vase. This design is sure to make a lasting impression.

Reflections

Springtime’s Earliest and Latest Flowers

In Los Angeles, we’re lucky enough to live in a climate where we can enjoy flowers that bloom throughout the year, but there’s something unmistakably unique about the flowers that bloom during spring. At French Florist, we love to celebrate the season of rebirth and new beginnings with batches of the most beautiful seasonal flowers, and we can’t wait to share all our new designs with you.

Fun Facts about Springtime and Flowers

This year, the vernal equinox and first official day of spring is March 19th, but plants don’t know that. Flowers know when it’s time to bloom because they can sense the lengthening days and warmer temperatures.

In the United States, we mark the beginning of spring with the equinox, but people in other places measure the seasons with other means, like the lunar calendar. In Japan, people take their cue from their national flower and don’t recognize the official beginning of spring until the cherry blossoms bloom.

A stunning, compact flower arrangement made with some of nature's finest blooms, including Hydrangea, Cymbidium Orchids, Roses, and Tulips!

Blushing Blooms

When the First and Last Flowers of Spring Bloom

The earliest spring flowers can actually start blooming well before spring begins, even in cold climates. Crocuses, snowdrops, and Lenten roses all push their way through the frost to bloom as early as late January!

The rest of the “early” spring bloomers like daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, and tulips emerge toward the end of March and beginning of April. Late spring bloomers need more sunshine and warmth before they’ll flower. These include roses, lilacs, bluebells, daisies, and peonies.

Our 7 Favorite Spring Flowers for Celebrating the Season of New Beginnings

So many lovely flowers bloom during spring that it’s tough to select just a few as favorites. We picked the following blossoms because of their unique beauty, alluring fragrances, and significant symbolic meanings make them easy for everyone to love.

Daffodils

Daffodils

1. Daffodils

With their trumpet-shaped blooms in bright yellow, orange, and white, daffodils are incredibly cheerful to look at. They are perhaps the flower that’s the most emblematic of spring because, like the season itself, daffodils also symbolize renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings.

Hyacinth

Hyacinth

2. Hyacinth

Hyacinths emerge early in spring with cones of flowers in blue, white, pink, and purple. Although they’re lovely to admire, they’re mostly adored for their pretty floral fragrance. You only need a couple of hyacinths to completely perfume a room.

Camellia

Camellia

3. Camellias

Camellia shrubs blossom with gloriously gorgeous flowers each spring. These beauties come in red, white, and pink and respectively symbolize deep desire, adoration, and longing.

Bluebells

Bluebells

4. Bluebells

These late-spring bloomers are worth the wait. They grow wildly in different regions around the United States and are also a favorite cultivated by flower suppliers everywhere. Several bell-shaped blooms hang gracefully from a single stem. The weight of the flowers causes the entire plant to bow gently toward the ground, which may be why bluebells have come to symbolize humility.

Roses

Roses

5. Roses

Roses are a favorite all year, but they’re actually in-season during spring. In the springtime, you can get the freshest, most beautiful flowers you’ll ever see. Plus, they’re way less expensive to buy in large quantities. This makes them a perfect choice for a spring wedding. Roses also have a rich history as a means of communicating in the Victorian Era. Each color has a different meaning. For example, pink represents gentle admiration, yellow is for friendship, and lavender represents love at first sight.

Pansies

Pansies

6. Pansies

Pansies bloom early in spring and have flowers that resemble happy, little faces. They come in a wide variety of colors and color combinations, making them fun to grow in large flower beds. They also look quite pretty as a single flower in a miniature pot. Pansies symbolize admiration and free thought.

Tulips

Tulips

7. Tulips

It’s impossible to list our favorite spring flowers without mentioning tulips. These beauties are just about as strongly associated with the season as daffodils. They bloom in endless varieties and work perfectly in a garden, container, or floral arrangement. Each color of the tulip has a different meaning. Yellow, representing happy thoughts, is our favorite.

Welcome Springtime with Indoor Flowers to Celebrate the Beauty Outside

The best way to celebrate the season of renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings is to decorate your home with a bouquet of fresh spring flowers from French Florist. A single vase of flowers will brighten your home, sweeten the air, and create an uplifting atmosphere to elevate your mood.

How to Grow Healthy Succulents

Succulents are on-trend, fun to collect, and super affordable. So, it’s no wonder why they’ve become some of the most sought-after houseplants. They’re also really easy to care for. That being said, you do need to have some information in order to make sure you do everything right to keep your succulents alive and happening. Check out this quick guide to simple succulent care from the experts at French Florist in Los Angeles.

What Makes Succulents So Special?

Unlike other green plants, succulents don’t have thin, papery leaves. Instead, they grow thick, rubbery spines, leaves, or segments. With these rubbery leaves, they’re perfectly adapted to L.A.’s sunny, dry weather because these strange appendages allow them to store water extremely efficiently. In fact, succulents keep water in their roots and stems, too, which is why they’re called succulents in the first place — succulent is another word for moist.

Various Succulent Plants

Various Succulent Plants

Why Grow Succulents Inside? 

Succulents will help create a calm, serene atmosphere in your home or office. In addition to putting out positive vibes, they also keep the indoor air healthy for breathing. Succulent roots generate a gentle pumping action that draws air toward the soil. When harmful toxins like VOCs reach their roots, they convert the chemicals into nutrients, effectively eradicating indoor air pollution. In addition to purifying the air, they also replenish the indoor atmosphere with plenty of fresh oxygen.

Popular Succulent Varieties

Succulents come in an almost endless number of varieties, which makes it fun to play with them in both succulent gardens and floral arrangements. If you receive a succulent in a floral bouquet, simply plant the succulent in soil once the flowers are spent. The succulent will soon sprout roots and start to grow.

Sedum

Sedum succulents tend to finger outward or upward in clumps of leaf segments. They’re perfect for filling out a succulent garden or arrangement. They grow in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Green Sedum

Green Sedum

Blue Sedum

Blue Sedum

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe plants are arguably the most cheerful of all succulents thanks to their pretty flower clusters that bloom in vibrant shades of pink, orange, yellow, red, and white. If cared for properly, a healthy kalanchoe will start blooming in autumn and continue until spring.

Orange Kalanchoe

Orange Kalanchoe

Echeveria

Echeveria plants are some of the most popular and commonly seen succulents. They come in several varieties, but they all feature starburst-shaped silhouettes. Echeveria grow in shades of green, pink, red, and even black. Their leaves vary in shape, too, ranging from round to pointed, tubular to stick-like, and crinkled to flat.

Black Prince Echeveria

Black Prince Echeveria

A truly unique design featuring bright golden sunflowers and beautiful blue hydrangeas nestled in with curiously delightful succulents. Accented with assorted greens, this wonderful bouquet is a bold design with a gentle touch that provides long-lasting beauty and intrigue to any home or office.

Sunflowers & Succulents

How to Care for Indoor Succulents

Caring for plants doesn’t get much easier than taking care of succulents. Pot a succulent in low-nutrient soil formulated specially for cacti or succulents and make sure the plant has a pot that will drain completely. Indoors, succulents need a warm location and lots of directly sunlight. Succulents rarely need pruning, but any dead leaves or debris should be removed promptly to prevent bacterial growth making the plant sick. Water succulents sparingly, only when the soil is completely dry and never let the plant sit in standing water.

Succulents - Collection

Succulents – Collection

If leaves begin turning yellow or brown, this means the plant is stressed. Most commonly, this occurs due to too much water, but can also indicate a very thirsty succulent. Check the soil to try to figure out what’s going on, and then contact an expert at Echeveria for additional help.

 

 

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