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A Celebration of Flowers

Moving between 19th century ocean flowers and dismembered petals to frozen roses and jubilantly floral jigsaws, let Good Things remind you of the wonder of flowers

Pink English Roses, 2012
Pink English Roses, 2012 Photography by Mary Kocol

With their ability to cheer, heal and look splendid, flowers deserve to be honoured in this weeks Good things. It really is their time of year so let's thank them for making us smile.

Out of all the photo series of flowers that we have encountered, this one by Erwan Frotin still remains a favourite – possibly because we are also suckers for a gradient.

Hyacinthacea, Villa Noailles, 2007
Hyacinthacea, Villa Noailles, 2007 Photography by Erwan Frotin
Arisarum vulgare, Villa Noailles, 2007
Arisarum vulgare, Villa Noailles, 2007 Photography by Erwan Frotin
Allium sp., Villa Noailles, 2007
Allium sp., Villa Noailles, 2007 Photography by Erwan Frotin
Acanthus mollis, Villa Noailles, 2007
Acanthus mollis, Villa Noailles, 2007 Photography by Erwan Frotin
Serapias neglecta, Villa Noailles, 2007
Serapias neglecta, Villa Noailles, 2007 Photography by Erwan Frotin
Eryngium maritimum, Villa Noailles, 2007
Eryngium maritimum, Villa Noailles, 2007 Photography by Erwan Frotin
Galactites elegans, Villa Noailles, 2007
Galactites elegans, Villa Noailles, 2007 Photography by Erwan Frotin

Fong Qi Wei takes the ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ pastime to a new level by 'exploding' flowers into pleasing, neat arrangements.

Exploded Flowers
Exploded Flowers Photography by Fong Qi Wei
Exploded Flowers
Exploded Flowers Photography by Fong Qi Wei
Exploded Flowers
Exploded Flowers Photography by Fong Qi Wei
Exploded Flowers
Exploded Flowers Photography by Fong Qi Wei
Exploded Flowers
Exploded Flowers Photography by Fong Qi Wei
Exploded Flowers
Exploded Flowers Photography by Fong Qi Wei
Exploded Flowers
Exploded Flowers Photography by Fong Qi Wei

The reconfigured puzzles by Kent Rogowski are just the right amount of kitsch, displaying not only an incredible jigsaw skill but also the kind of colour palettes which will put a spring in your step.

Love = Love #1
Love = Love #1 Artwork by Kent Rogowski
Love = Love #3
Love = Love #3 Artwork by Kent Rogowski
Love = Love #12
Love = Love #12 Artwork by Kent Rogowski
Love = Love #7
Love = Love #7 Artwork by Kent Rogowski
Love = Love #10
Love = Love #10 Artwork by Kent Rogowski
Love = Love #5
Love = Love #5 Photography by Mary Kocol

Capturing the life and colour of flowers has long been a challenge for humans. Mary Kocol froze them and the results are incredible, like very refreshing hyper real paintings.

Roses Past, 2012
Roses Past, 2012 Photography by Mary Kocol
Watermelon Baby, 2011
Watermelon Baby, 2011 Photography by Mary Kocol
Orange Iris, 2011
Orange Iris, 2011 Photography by Mary Kocol
Queen Anne's Lace, 2011
Queen Anne's Lace, 2011 Photography by Mary Kocol
Morning Glory with Bubble, 2011
Morning Glory with Bubble, 2011 Photography by Mary Kocol

Ocean Flowers is a collection of 200 cyanotypes created by Anna Atkins in the 1800s. Made for research purposes, they also evoke the spirit of a sunny day.

Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins
Ocean Flowers by Anna Atkins

Finally, next time you are sending some flowers, make sure you say what you mean with this handy guide to the language of flowers.

The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers
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