blue chrysanthemum


Japanese scientists have genetically engineered a chrysanthemum flower that is “true blue” — a color that has long eluded flower breeders and researchers.

Blue has proved a challenge to produce in many other popular flowers, including roses, carnations and lilies.

It hasn’t happened until now in chrysanthemums due to the “recalcitrant and unpredictable expression of introduced genes,” Naonobu Noda from Japan’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organization tells The Two-Way. Noda is the lead author of the paper released today in Science Advances.

When scientists tried previously to introduce genes to create a blue color, Noda said, the flower would “shut them off by as yet unknown mechanisms.” Other attempts produced violet flowers, not blue ones.

PHOTOS: Japanese Scientists Turn Chrysanthemums ‘True Blue’

Photo: Naonobu Noda and Satoshi Yoshioka/NARO

prom night!!!!! :’) inspired by this post by @vodka-aunt-coran


 Birthstone Gemsonas

my friend zeshka requested I do zodiac magical girls or birthstone gemsonas and I thought it was such a great idea! 

I tried making gemsonas based off the 12 birthstones and also included details in their designs that echo the 12 birth flowers as well. 

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September 29, 2017

  1. Virgo
     Post office

  2. Cancer

  3. Scorpio
     Matsutake mushrooms mixed with rice

  4. Taurus
     Microwave oven

  5. Pisces
     Advance ticket

  6. Capricorn
     Poetry anthology

  7. Leo
     Event venue

  8. Sagittarius
     Home beauty appliances

  9. Gemini

  10. Aries
     Light blue

  11. Aquarius
     Chrysanthemum flowers

  12. Libra
     Baby animals
    › White
Origins of Neuora

Chapter One: Baba 

Copyright 2017 Gloria Frimpong

His voice rippled through the atmosphere, softly spoken but strong as if lightning struck. “My dear.”

His daughter was lying in a field of color shifting flowers- a meadow of red, purple and blue chrysanthemums slowly twirling in the breeze. Her rich brown eyes shined at the sky, hearing her father call for her. Black hair fell down her shoulders like silk, positioned away from her warm, copper skin. 

He flew down to her and lifted her above his shoulders. She giggled as he took her high above the ground, showing her all the sights. “Follow me, child.” 

She laughed. “I’m here, baba.”

It was music to his ears. He was invisible to her, but he took the form of wind and carried her far and wide. The skies were a bright baby blue with clouds floating gently on the current. He shaped them for her and watched as the excitement bloomed in her eyes. 

“That one looks like a butterfly!” 

“And that one?” 

“Like a deer!” 

“What about that one over to the right?” 

“ … Is that me? I look pretty!” 

Then he carried her to a mountain range. On the top of the highest one, he sat her down. Clouds floated around her like cotton, deeply knotted into one another.

“My child, tell me everything you see.” 

 “We’re on top of a mountain. There’s a big blue sky, a bunch of clouds … um.” 

“Do you see something else?” There was a faint heartfelt chuckle in his voice. “Beyond your mountains and blue skies and clouds?” 

 “No, baba,” she said with a wry smile. “But you can.” 

“You can go there and see, my child. You can go anywhere and see what you wish. Knowledge is here– from me and from my art. You’ve seen Soma, haven’t you, sweetheart?” 

“The earth beyond the borders?” 

“It’s yours. It’s yours to enjoy and explore and build and create.” 

“I can learn anything I want to?” 

“Yes, my dear. But heed this. Stay away from any person who claims to have seen me but has not been with me. This person has knowledge and wishes to share his knowledge for all the wrong reasons.” 

“Okay,” she said, squinting her eyes in the distance. “Baba, how far do the mountains go?” 

Her father laughed, picking her up in the air again. As wind, he carried her across the clouds, letting her run her hands through them. 

And the mountains– they went as far as she wanted them to.

Chapter Two: Soma will be released Sunday, September 3rd. If you enjoyed this, please share! Follow @the-raven-series for more.



  • Have and complete a Nature aspiration
  • Grow a starter garden using the starter packets from the store
  • Grow a garden with Blue Bells, Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Apple, Grapes, Plantain, Basil, Parsley, Carrot, Mushroom, and Spinach
  • Get married, but no woohoo before marriage
  • Have a boy and a girl, and keep trying until you do
  • Max the gardening skill
  • Max the herbalism and/or fishing skill
  • No gardeners

Optional Objectives:

  • Complete at least one collection
  • Have and maintain a bonsai tree
  • Obtain and plant every type of plant
  • Grow a cow plant
  • Make a death flower
  • Go camping in Granite Falls at least once, or go camping in your own backyard during the weekends
  • Brew a herbalism concoction while on vacation at Granite Falls
  • Marry a sim with the “Loves Outdoors” trait
  • Unlock Sylvan Glade and the Forgotten Grotto
  • Care for community lot gardens at least once a week
SU AU where instead of gems they are flowers

They would be:

  • Rose quartz= Pink Rose (duh)
  • Pearl= white Nenuphar (both pearlly white water thingies)
  • Amythest = Thistle (both are sharp but pretty)
  • Garnet = dark red dahlias (both look badass)
  • Ruby = poppy (both red)
  • Saphire = Blue bell (both are amazingly pretty)
  • Lapis = Blue water lily
  • Peridot =  Green chrysanthemum (dunno why but both annoy me in their own way but look nice)
  • Jasper =  Kniphofia rooperi (both look like big buff cheeto puffs)
  • Malachite = venus fly trap (can potential hurt itself)
  • Rainbow quartz = Rainbow rose ( aparently possible and both very pretty)
  • Opal = Orchid (so beautiful so pure)
  • Sugalite = Purple pitcher plant (both will fuck up anyone too close)
  • Alexandrite = snapdragon (comes in lots of different colors and sounds cool)
  • Sardonyx- gladiolus black jack (kinda looks like she would work in a cool casino) 

Just gathered some information about the flowers that senbatsu members are holding all thanks to my mom and some Japanese wotas on twitter, including meanings of those flowers. If there’s any mistake please inform me because I may get some flowers wrong.

Sashihara Rino: Peony (牡丹)
Flower language: King’s dignity, noble, magnificent

Kashiwagi Yuki: Orange Lily/or morning star lily (オレンジのユリ/姫百合)
Flower language:

  • If Orange lily: brilliant, amusing, hasty, careless
  • If Morning star lily: beautiful because you’re strong, pride, unchanged loveliness, lovely affection

Watanabe Mayu: Sunflower (ひまわり)
Flower language: brightness, radiance, admiration, devoted love

Takahashi Minami: Red rose (赤い薔薇)
Flower language: love, passion

Matsui Jurina: White lily (百合)
Flower language: innocence, purity, dignity

Yamamoto Sayaka: Hydrangea/Ajisai (紫陽花)
Flower language:

  • Japanese meaning: unity, friends, family, friendly
  • Western meaning: heartless, pride, inconstancy

Miyawaki Sakura: Pink Dahlia (ピンクダリア)
Flower language: brilliant, elegance, dignity

Miyazawa Sae: Peruvian Lily (アルストロメリア)
Flower language: gallant, sustained, assistance

Shimazaki Haruka: Blue baby’s breath (青いかすみ草)
Flower language: dearest wish/desire, dearest joy, pure heart

Yokoyama Yui: Blue chrysanthemum (青い菊)
Flower language: please trust me, noble, true love

Note: for YuiParu’s flowers, because they are blue which are not natural colors of their flowers => the blue color is artificial. And usually in Japanese hanakotoba, artificial flowers like that share 1 meaning “dream comes true”.

Kitahara Rie: Allium (アリウム)
Flower language: deep sadness, eternal sadness, kind, courageous
Purple Agapanthus/Lily of the Nile (紫アガパンサス)
Flower language: arrival of love, intellectual outfits

Watanabe Miyuki: Pink Gerbera (ガーベラ)
Flower language: gratitude, mystery, noble beauty

Matsumura Kaori: Lavender Eustoma/Lisianthus (ユーストマ/トルコキキョウ)
Flower language: grace, hope, eternal love

Takayanagi Akane: Pink Bellflower/Campanula (ピンクカンパニュラ)
Flower language: sincerity, gratitude

Shibata Aya: Carnation (カーネション)
Flower language: respect, passion, deep love

Muto Tomu: Gloriosa (グロリオサ)
Flower language: glory, brilliant, bravery

anonymous asked:

Could you do some fluff with prompt number 4 and Gruvia pleease? :D (and thank you ;) )

I sure can!

Prompt 4: I’ve Never Heard That One Before

Rating: K

Words: 1,842.

“Last round of the night guys, then I’m closing up.” Laxus stated to the ‘boys’ who were seated along the bar, having got to the bar Shonen, two hours ago.

Natsu sighed and pushed off his stool with a yawn, “I have to head home now anyway. Lucy will start to get worried if I keep her waiting.”

“Say hi to my future wife for me,” Leo smirked and Gray rolled his eyes at Natsu’s answering shout, “She is not your future wife!”

All three of them knew Leo was already happily married to Aries, who happened to work at the daycare where Lucy did but it didn’t stop Leo from getting Natsu revved up.

Leo’s smirk widened and he said nothing, continuing to slurp his beer with a wicked glint in his eyes. Natsu stewed in his own juices for a bit before Gray groaned, “He’s just goading you, get out of here, flame brain. Your face is giving me the shits.”

Natsu glared at Gray in challenge, “Your own shitty personality gives you the shits stripper, so bite me.”

“Kinky.” Leo snickered into his fist and both men glared at him, from where he sat in between them, smartly placed there by Laxus to avoid the usual fights.

Natsu shared a few more passing smart remarks before leaving the two.

“Coming over to my place for Sunday night dinner? Aries cooks a mean casserole.”

“I thought she didn’t like lamb.” Gray finished off his beer, leaning back a little when Laxus filled it back up. Then he began shifting seats and wiping over tables, getting ready to close.

“She doesn’t. But the baby is giving her an insane craving for it. She cried for an hour last night while eating a lamb cutlet. Says she’s eating her family.” Leo shrugged and Gray hid a smirk, amused by his lovely wife’s antics.

“I think I can come.”

Leo took a long gulp of his beer before asking with an air of obvious non-nonchalance, “Should we be setting another place for Meredy or…?”

Gray grimaced and Leo sighed, “You guys broke up already?”

“We were never really together.” Gray defended as Leo shook his head, clapping his hand on his friend’s shoulder.

“You, my friend, are a commitment-phobe.”

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Objectives of generation one:

  • Grow a garden with Blue Bells, Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Apple, Grapes, Plantain, Basil, Parsley, Carrot, Mushroom, and Spinach (You may purchase starter packets from the store but may only plant 5 different types of plants obtained this way. Any extra will need to be thrown away, ate or otherwise disposed of. The rest you will need to find on your own.)
  • Get married, but no woohoo before marriage (you’re parents were old fashioned and so are you)
  • Have a boy and a girl. Keep trying til you do!
  • Master Garden Skill
  • Complete 1 collection
  • Have and complete one of the nature aspirations
  • No gardeners!

Optional objectives:

  • Obtain and plant every type of plant
  • Catch every type of fish
  • Marry a gal/guy with “Loves Outdoors”
  • Master Fisherman Skill

Some Utena ladies with flower meanings. Roses for the duelists and other options for the black rose duelists.