Blooming Marvellous: Gardening with the Wind


The Guerrilla Gardeners have another weapon to use in the urban jungle. It’s called the Bloom device – and it works like a dandelion.

When the wind whips through it, a dandelion “clock” (or “wishie”, depending on where you are in the world) disperses into a multitude of single-seed fruits borne aloft on a tiny umbrella of fine, silvery hairs. The designers of the Bloom use soap bubbles (natural vegetable soaps and oils). Pedal fast enough on your bike, and enough wind enters the Bloom’s air intake to force a bubble out the other end – containing a plant seed.

So as our Guerrilla Gardeners cycle through the streets of their towns, they leave a trail of bubbles in the air, dropping plant seeds into cracks in the sidewalk, wafting them into verges – into every conceivable nook and cranny where life can take root. It’s a cheeky, quirky, organic process, and we love it. But others will regard it a nuisance, and they’ll fight back. I wonder how?

via Guy Kawasaki

Image: Society Creative IIc.

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.