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Plantasia

I’m not gonna lie, I think my plants deserve a little serenade and I may just have to get them this reissued album!

Plantasia is an album recorded especially for plants by Mort Garson on a Moog synthesizer.

Subtitled “warm earth music for plants…and the people that love them,” it was full of bucolic, charming, stoner-friendly, decidedly unscientific tunes enacted on the new-fangled device called the Moog. Plants date back to the dawn of time, but apparently, they loved the Moog, never mind that the synthesizer had been on the market for just a few years. Most of all, the plants loved the ditties made by composer Mort Garson.

Sacred Bones Records

Fortunately, for those plant-obsessed among us who find ourselves short a record player, we can download the album too.

A Week of Links

DRIPEESHA.

Edible whiskey capsules. I’m at a loss for words.

A Porg™ Pie Bird.

Banksy’s new “homewares store.”

Dozens of videos chronicling the lives of chipmunks in the wilderness of Canada. I dare you not to get sucked in.

Stunning hanging planters.

A stationery store straight out of a fairytale.

If the Joker laughed like Pee Wee Herman.

I may need to join the ladies at Cup of Jo in lathering my skin with this nourishing cream for dry weather.

Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden

One of my favorite things to see when traveling are botanical gardens, arboretums, or anything of the variety. They tend to be a quiet and uncrowded and filled with wonderful folia. By far, the best one I’ve been to was just recently at the Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo on the Island of Hawai’i. It was nothing short of spectacular. You’re in a literal rainforest that just happens to be maintained by people. There were hundreds of plant species thriving – so many of which I struggle to keep alive potted in the far-from-tropical Seattle climate. It was humid and a steep incline but entirely worth the time. I’ll be dreaming about it for years to come.

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Paper Fauna

Artist, Tina Kraus (@faltmanufaktur), makes stunning insects and plants from intricately folding delicate crepe paper. She then embellishes them with colorful paints and pastels.

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