A recent study from Cornell University shows that even if you’re not looking for flowers, there are still a few hidden gems hidden under the ground that will attract your attention.
Cornell researchers have been collecting soil samples from fields throughout New York City and Vermont to find the elusive flowers.
“We found a lot of hidden flowers, a lot that are not quite visible but they’re very distinctive,” said lead researcher David M. Schmitz, who has a doctorate in entomology.
“Some are really beautiful.
Some are really ugly.”
Schmity said he is always surprised to find what he calls “interesting and unusual” flower beds.
“I have to be a little more careful about where I’m digging,” he said.
For Schmitzy, finding hidden flowers is more than just a hobby.
“My wife and I love to dig and we love to do that,” he told The Associated Press.
“You can dig down into the ground and you can see some really beautiful plants.”
But Schmitys discovery is not limited to New York.
Researchers have found flowers in other places, including the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Some flowers are not actually visible, but the scientists think the soil could reveal them.
So what is a hidden flower?
“If you have soil that has lots of peony, it might be a different kind of flower than if it’s not, you know, just a single, little piece of pea,” Schmitzes assistant professor of entomological science and of entomy told ABC News.
“There might be other kinds of flower that you wouldn’t see if you didn’t know where to look.”
Researchers believe some of the hidden flower beds are hidden under soil that is naturally moist and that can soak up rain water, as well as soil that was created by human activity.
The discovery that some flowers are hidden in the soil of New York may be a reminder that rain is the best fertilizer in the world.
“What we’re really looking for are the soil nutrients that are going to allow the plant to do its best job,” Schmetz said.
The researchers also found a few “unusual” flowers, like blueberry orchids and some of them were hard to spot.
“In a lot a lot, they’re a little bit hard to see, but if you know where you are looking and you’re right on top of them, then it’s easy to see them,” Schmitte said.
So how do you know if you have a hidden blooming plant?
If you find a flower, you should look for the soil around it, which could indicate that it’s a plant that is not native to the area, Schmitzyk said.
If the flower is in a small patch of dirt, Schmetzes suggests you don’t necessarily need to dig.
“If it’s in a big patch, it may not be so easy to tell,” he added.
If you are digging, you could be digging up plants that have been growing for years or even decades.
“The more time you’ve been digging, the more likely it is that you’re going to find something that you haven’t seen before,” Schmiez said, noting that you could find flowers on a dead tree or grassy patch.
“When you look at these tiny little flowers, they are like little bits of life.
They’re all kind of fun to look at.”
For some people, finding a hidden flowers can be a fun hobby, but Schmityz said that most people won’t find a hidden one.
“Most of the people who find flowers will find them in small patches, and they’re not really that obvious,” he explained.
Schmitz says it’s also important to note that not all flowers are the same.
For example, some flowers look similar to other flowers, but some are much more distinctive.
“Flowers that look similar, look different,” Schmirez said in an interview with ABC News, such as the orange or peach or rose.
“That means that they’re different species.”
Schmotezes said that some of his colleagues found some hidden flowers in the lab.
“One of our colleagues found one of these beautiful little flowers in a little patch in his field,” he noted.
“And that was really cool.
It was an interesting discovery.
He’s very excited to have it back.
He really likes it.”
For more information on the hidden flowers and how to identify them, visit the Cornell website.