Colourful start to the spring: The 2019 tulip season begins in Amsterdam on 19 January

Dam Square in Amsterdam – Photo: TulpenZeit

Even if the first tulip species are already available in the retail outlets in December and more and more people are discovering bulb flowers as decorative items for the Christmas period, the official start to the season for the early blossoming plants is not until January. To be more precise: On the third Saturday of the month, because that is when National Tulip Day is celebrated in the Netherlands.

Urban greenery: High-rise building for biological diversity in Paris

Maison Edouard François: M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity © Pierre L’Excellent
Maison Edouard François: M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity
© Pierre L’Excellent

Incorporating green areas into cities that are becoming more cramped and larger all the time is a current theme that preoccupies architects and city planners. The relationship between the building height and sustainable greenery is a particularly exciting aspect here – a new high-rise building in Paris by the French architect Edouard François demonstrates this.

Pantone: Greenery is the Colour of 2017

Photo: Pantone
Photo: Pantone

With their choice for the colour of the year, Pantone celebrates the vitality of plants.

The provider of professional colour standards for the design industries, Pantone, has announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2017; a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Reminiscent of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the attributes of Greenery signal individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.