Detail from Rachel Ruysch, Still life with flowers in a glass vase, 1716, oil on canvas, 48.5 x 39.5 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
During her lifetime, the paintings of Dutch artist Rachel Ruysch sold for higher prices than those of Rembrandt. Why, then, have her talents not been more widely acknowledged in the centuries since?
Poppies at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The wildflowers that WWI soldiers encountered in Europe become symbols of remembrance and the fragility of life. The red poppy in particular is a powerful motif in Australian war art and photography.
Hervé Sauquet & Jürg Schönenberger
Scientists have reconstructed the common ancestor of everything from rose bushes to oak trees, ivy or wheat.
Garden pollinators can turn their noses up at the flowers human eyes find most beautiful.
‘This is our patch.’
They're not just a pretty spring sight – behind the scenes, bluebells are ruthless competitors.
There are fewer than a thousand Graveside gorge wattles in Kakadu National Park.
We know very little about Australia's most threatened plants.
The relentless pursuit of showy flowers for garden display – as seen at Chelsea Flower Show – has seen some odd uses of radiation and chemicals .
Ben Nelms / Reuters
Essential reading for green-fingered urbanites and guerrilla gardeners.
A hoverfly on a sunflower.
Next time you reach for the honey, spare a thought for the other vital insects that pollinate our crops.
Australian flowers and their pollinators have evolved a specific way of communicating – all based upon colour.
In Australia, honeyeaters are far and away the most abundant and important nectar-feeding birds, so also the most important avian pollinators of flowers. What effect has their visual perception had on…
Newly-discovered fossilised pollen grains found in Swizerland have set the evolution of flowers to 100 million years earlier…