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Gardening: Enjoying the flowering rebirth of perennials while they bloom

Daffodils, whose appearance is an undeniable harbinger of spring, bring smiles not only to gardeners but to poets, too. When William Wordsworth lay on his couch and thought of their unforgettable nodding golden trumpets, he wrote that then “my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils.” The word “daffodil” is derived from asphodel, a related flower of the lily family. Asphodel for the Greeks conjured up a meadow encountered in the afterlife. There is something about the rebirth of ...
Tags: Gardening, Mexico, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles, William Wordsworth, Narcissus, Cattleya, Home + Garden, Joshua Siskin, Nordhoff St North Hills, Gladiolus, Aurora Mendoza


Master Gardener: How to keep your houseplants from getting shriveled and brown

Q: I have several houseplants that are shriveled and/or brown at the leaf edges. I take care to water them regularly, and I even have them sitting in a pebble tray so they can get some extra humidity. What could be causing these symptoms? A: Although you are careful to ensure that your plants are properly hydrated, many indoor plants demand more moisture than a pebble tray can provide. Our climate in Southern California is extremely arid, which can be tough on tender tropical plants. Dry leaf ma...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden


How gardening may be helping people live longer

Gardening saved Mary Lou Heard’s life. In the 1970s, Heard, who would later become known as Orange County’s patron saint of cottage gardens, went through a divorce that was so devastating she was hospitalized. On the grounds of the hospital, there was a small neglected garden. Mary Lou got down on her hands and knees and, for the first time in a long time, she would later write, felt peace. Now more and more studies are supporting what Mary Lou and many others have known in their hearts all alon...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, King, Sardinia, Southern California, Huntington Beach, Okinawa, San Fernando Valley, Michelle Boyd, Billie Jean King, Dan Buettner, Mary Lou, Loma Linda


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley, March 15-22

  Ipomoea alba (Photo by Ed!/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   MARCH 15   Tomatomania! at Tapia Brothers: Tomato seedlings, almost 300 varieties, for sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, and also March 16-17. Check website for daily lectures on growing tomatoes. 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave., Encino. 818-905-6155. www.tomatomania.com Santa Barbara Internationa...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Local News, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Busch Gardens, San Fernando Valley, Descanso Gardens, Pacific Palisades, Glendale Ave, Adolphus, Adamson House


Master Gardener: Help with a dying apple tree and how to grow flowers from bulbs in Southern California

This apple tree appears as though it has died at the graft and the living branches are emerging from below the graft. (Courtesy of Bertha Marineo) Q: I planted an apple tree about three years ago, but it seems to be dying. Here is a picture of it. I will appreciate any advice. A: From your photograph, it appears as though your apple tree has died at the graft and the living branches are emerging from below the graft. This can happen when a tree is stressed or damaged in some way. It can also ...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, East Coast, Mediterranean, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden, Bertha Marineo


5 gardening tips to try in your yard this week, Mar. 16-22

1. Cup of salt Apply a quarter cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to each mature rose bush to boost both vigor and flowering capacity. It is inexpensive and can be found at drugstores, where it is commonly sold as a laxative or for soaking feet. A cup or so spread around citrus, avocado and other fruit trees boosts their performance, too. This little bit once a year is just right, but more is counterproductive, so don’t get carried away. 2. Spring is here The first day of Spring is coming. I...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Epsom, Home + Garden


5 powerful books by 5 powerful Southern California women writers

It’s a happy accident that the five books I’m looking forward to reading this spring are all by women, and an even happier one that this column coincides with Women’s History Month: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – San Diego hometown girl, UCLA alum, and New York Times bestselling author. In her previous novel, “The Age of Miracles,” Walker imagines a world where the days and nights are inexplicably growing longer while her young protagonist, Julia, is experiencing her own off-kilter expe...
Tags: Books, New York, Hollywood, Beyonce, California, Time, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New York Times, San Diego, Dorothy, Random House


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley area

    Time to plan a tomato patch in your garden. Tomatomania! event with advice and sale of seedlings on March 15-17 at Tapia Brothers in Encino. (Photo courtesy of Ottillia ‘Toots’ Bier)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   MARCH 9   Armstrong Garden Centers class: “Grow Your Own Strawberries,” 8 a.m. Locations include: 5816 San Fernando Road, Glendale (818-243-4227); 1515 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada ...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Descanso Gardens, Pacific Palisades, Adamson House, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Avenue


Master Gardener: Heirloom tomato tips and more on citrus pruning

Q: Last year I planted several heirloom tomato varieties. They grew well, but did not produce many tomatoes. My Brandywine plant was beautiful and healthy-looking, but only produced one tomato. I thought heirloom varieties were better than ordinary hybrids. What is going on? A: In the last few years, vegetable and flower varieties labeled “heirloom” have become popular. The California Master Gardener Handbook defines an heirloom as “a crop variety or cultivar documented to have been in cultivati...
Tags: Gardening, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Brandywine, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden


Gardening: Exploring how some species in your garden work so well together

What if Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory was wrong? What if it turns out that “survival of the most cooperative” explains why some species are more successful than others? Research conducted in a forest of Douglas fir and birch trees demonstrated the cooperative relationship not only between fungi and trees, but between trees of different species as well. Fungi known as mycorrhizae are considered to be appendages of forest tree roots since they absorb water and minerals that are directl...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Darwin, Southern California, Douglas, San Fernando Valley, Biermann, Mycorrhizae, Home + Garden, Janice Biermann Santa Monica


These 17 spring garden tours are blooming all over Southern California

There are times while walking or driving through a neighborhood you see a home with so much curb appeal it leaves you wanting more than just a passing glance. You would love to linger and take in the outdoor space someone took a lot of time and effort to create. Luckily, spring garden tours are right around the corner. During these events organized by gardening groups, civic organizations and charities, curated private gardens are made available to the general public so you can explore these lan...
Tags: Gardening, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Orange County, San Marino, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Santa Ana, San Bernardino County, Donald Wexler, San Clemente, Rossmoor


How Tomatomania can help your garden output during extreme weather

Spring is almost here, and you know what that means – it’s time for Tomatomania! The annual traveling sales event, which kicks off its 29th year at Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar and runs March 1-10, is devoted to making tomato growing fun with more than 250 varieties of tomato and pepper seedlings. Other local stops include Fig Earth Supply in Los Angeles (March 8-10), Tapia Brothers in Encino (March 15-17) and Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge (March 29-31). For the first time, some ...
Tags: Gardening, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gardens, Black, Southern California, Roger, San Fernando Valley, Descanso Gardens, Ojai, La Canada Flintridge, Encino, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Master Gardener: What to know about winter pruning

Q: Is February a good time for winter pruning? Not just fruit trees, but roses and other perennials? A: Late winter is an excellent time to prune your trees and shrubs. All those beautiful seed catalogs have been arriving in the mail, and you miss being outside and getting your hands dirty. Now is the time to catch a bit of sunshine and take care of some important gardening chores. Winter pruning benefits trees and woody perennials in several ways. Probably the most important thing you can do is...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, Pomona, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden


Gardening: How to keep a potted plant healthy and thriving in a pot

Have you ever had a pet frog, a bird, a hamster, or a goldfish? If so, you have some idea of what caring for a potted plant is all about.  Constant vigilance, really. You want to feed it, but not too much. You need to make sure it is well-hydrated. You must look at it with a critical eye for any possible sign of stress or sickness at least once a day since any hint of a problem should be immediately addressed. Not everyone who wants to grow plants has a garden. For such land-deprived plant lover...
Tags: Gardening, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Mediterranean, Southern California, Phoenix, San Fernando Valley, Home + Garden, San Fernando Valley LA, Ingrid Vold


This book offers a look at several generations of LA’s coolest figures

Tosh Berman was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. We worked together at Book Soup in West Hollywood and at one point we carpooled together from Silver Lake. Or rather, I drove us since Tosh didn’t drive. Tosh seemed like a character out of a play, with his slicked-back hair, librarian glasses, striped shirts, and socks that made a statement, back before we had considered that socks on adult men could make a statement. Tosh’s shotgun small talk felt more like dialogue, no...
Tags: Books, California, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper, Volkswagen, Duran Duran, Southern California, Phil Spector, City Lights


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley area, Feb. 15-22

    Pelargonium graveolens (Photo by Eric Hunt/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   FEB. 16   Theodore Payne Foundation classes: “Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens,” with Tim Becker, 9 a.m. ($40) and “Native Plants for the Birds,” with Lili Singer and Steve Gerischer, 1:30 p.m. ($35). Reservations required. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Vall...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Southern California, Matt, Barbara, San Fernando Valley, Native Plants, Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Eric Hunt, Pacific Palisades, Adamson House


A Reimagined Ranch House: An Artist’s Family Home, Ikea Kitchen and DIY Bath Ideas Included

“If you had known in advance all that your house would require—three move-out renovations in seven years—would you still have bought it?” Maya Schindler has come to see her Long Island, New York, ranch house as a member of her posse and her devotion to it is unwavering. Especially now that it’s been tailor remade for her and her family: husband, Ranaan Schul, and their kids, Naomi, 7, and Mikael, 5. Maya is a painter/installation artist and Ranaan is a mathematician—they met in high school in Je...
Tags: Books, England, New York, Etsy, Ebay, La, Israel, Jerusalem, Barcelona, Brooklyn, Maine, Yale, Hurricane Sandy, Ikea, Pink, Vermont


Gardening: What you need to know about growing pomegranates in Southern California

Pomegranates are probably the healthiest fruit on earth. Hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals attest to the multi-faceted benefits of pomegranate consumption, from lowering cholesterol and improving heart function to prevention and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Two weeks ago, I asked readers who had success growing pomegranates to share their experiences and some of their responses follow below. “Many years ago I noticed a beautiful pomegranate tree...
Tags: Gardening, California, Sport, Iran, Things To Do, Soccer, San Marino, Southern California, Youtuber, Huntington Beach, Beaumont, Temecula, Encinitas, Jerry McLaughlin, Sandy Morris, Home + Garden


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Feb. 8-15

    Samantha Indrieri’s “Second Take” is part of the “Unusual Views” exhibit opening on Feb. 11 at the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. (Photo courtesy Samantha Indrieri)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Hello Kitty Cafe Truck: Fans of “Hello Kitty” products find limited-edit...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Dance, Lunar New Year, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN


Burbank’s horror haven Dark Delicacies is moving, thanks to generous fans and a tweet from Guillermo del Toro

Whether you’re a die-hard horror movie and fiction fan, a professional author or filmmaker of the stuff or just a casual stroller through Burbank’s quirky Magnolia Park business district, Dark Delicacies has been an institution for nearly 25 years. One that seemed doomed just a few weeks ago. Del and Sue Howison, the husband-and-wife owners/founders of the first purely horror-oriented book and gift store announced that, when their current lease ends in May, they would have to leave the space Dar...
Tags: Books, Business, Real Estate, Hollywood, Movies, News, New York City, Sport, Netflix, Soccer, Queens, Guillermo Del Toro, Oscar, Local News, Porto, Maya


Fire and Chaparral - Some Answers

What's wrong with this picture!Muhlenbergia rigens, deer grass, is  not the best choice of plantnext to a building  in a fire prone area of California.  (The fences adjoining the greenhouse are also problematic. But that's not the topic of this post.) Since my last post (Fire and Chaparral - Some Questions) I've been doing some reading, hand wringing, and hacking at defenseless plants--the ones in obviously wrong places such as slap up against a structure. Digging out the grasse...
Tags: Gardening, California, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Halsey, CCI, Bert, Santa Cruz County, Country Mouse, California Chaparral Institute, Bert Wilson, CNPS, Fremontia, Suzanne Schettler, Richard Halsey, California Halsey


Fire and Chaparral - Some Questions

This picture makes it look like our house is up to its decks in chaparral!I chose a dramatic image! Long-time subscribers may note that our blog has taken a break since around early summer. Sorry for our absence. I'm back. I hope. With a theme: wildfire.The recent "Camp Fire" has shocked everyone with is devastation and loss of life. It has killed 88 at last count and obliterated the town of Paradise, which is about 200 miles north of my home. In Southern California, the "Woolsey Fire" in...
Tags: Google, Gardening, California, Wikipedia, Fire, Anna, Malibu, Southern California, Bert, Bewick, Country Mouse, California Chaparral Institute, Chaparral, Chaparral Institute, Bert Wilson, Las Pilitas Nursery


‘Bizarre Foods’ host Andrew Zimmern is serving up something unexpected for kids at two LA events

“Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern is on a book tour, but you might be surprised that it’s not a cookbook. The 57-year-old four-time James Beard award-winning television personality, chef, and author has just put out “AZ and the Lost City of Ophir,” the first in his Alliance of World Explorers children’s book series through Beaver’s Pond Press. The press tour brings him to Los Angeles this week for two events – an $85 a person dinner at Animal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 and a conversation moder...
Tags: Books, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Noah, Things To Do, Soccer, Hugh Hefner, Ophir, Indiana Jones, Mongolia, Southern California, Sophia Bush, Vince, Barnes, Arthur


You can buy Hugh Hefner’s book collection and more at Rare Books LA event

There’s an old joke about Playboy magazine that suggests its readers buy it for the articles. But jokes aside, magazine founder Hugh Hefner was a reader. He had a diverse library, which included works by Shel Silverstein, George Plimpton, David Halberstam and Gay Talese, all authors who also contributed to Playboy, among others. Hefner’s book collection will be on sale at Rare Books LA in Pasadena Feb. 1 and 2. The show will feature more than 120 dealers in antiquarian books, fine prints, photog...
Tags: Utah, Books, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Carrie Fisher, Things To Do, Canada, Soccer, Ian Fleming, Hugh Hefner, Playboy, Bryan Singer, Dc, Pasadena, Illinois


Fire and Chaparral - Some Answers

What's wrong with this picture!Muhlenbergia rigens, deer grass, is  not the best choice of plantnext to a building  in a fire prone area of California.  (The fences adjoining the greenhouse are also problematic. But that's not the topic of this post.) Since my last post (Fire and Chaparral - Some Questions) I've been doing some reading, hand wringing, and hacking at defenseless plants--the ones in obviously wrong places such as slap up against a structure. Digging out the grasse...
Tags: Gardening, California, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Halsey, CCI, Bert, Santa Cruz County, Country Mouse, California Chaparral Institute, Bert Wilson, CNPS, Fremontia, Suzanne Schettler, Richard Halsey, California Halsey


Gardening: Readers share their experiences with sweet violets, ‘paperwhites’

Two weeks ago, I asked if any readers had sweet violets (Viola odorata) in their gardens. Here are some of your responses: • “I have some sweet violets growing in my yard and they have been doing quite well. The summer heat is a challenge, as the violets need to be in moist soil. Mine are sentimental to me as they came from my parents’ former home in Northern California.” — Sharon Giordani, Temecula • “I brought the plants from my mother’s Studio City home when I moved here. She planted them in ...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jupiter, Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean, Southern California, Northern California, Riverside, Viola, Disney Animation, Kem Weber, Home + Garden, Sharon Giordani Temecula •, Joy Williamson Saugus


10 books coming in 2019 that Southern California booksellers say you should read

If you love to read you may envy your local booksellers this time of year because they’re getting a peek at reads to come. Some books they have just learned about, while others they have actually had the chance to read, but either way they have the scoop and were willing to share it with us. LOS ANGELES COUNTY “Magical Negro” by Morgan Parker. (Photo courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group). “Magical Negro” by Morgan Parker Why the book should be a good read: Liked first book by the author, “...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Pasadena, Motion Picture and Television Fund, Penguin Random House, Southern California, West Hollywood, San Bernardino, Santa Monica, Newman, Los Angeles County, Knott


It’s ‘Strange Days’ for an Echo Park teen battling aliens in Constantine Singer’s debut YA novel

After writing four novels that failed to attract an agent or publisher, Constantine Singer, a Los Angeles high school teacher who lives in Echo Park, was open to suggestions. That fourth novel, he knew, was a really good book. It earned high praise from a would-be agent who with deep regrets ultimately passed on it – not for any lack of interest but for the saturation of the marketplace for a noir-esque novel, he says. And then his wife Araidne Shaffer, whose acting career had brought the couple...
Tags: Google, Books, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Sport, Earth, Things To Do, Soccer, Seattle, Einstein, Alex, Locust, Southern California, Gentry, Locke, Mary Poppins


Gardening: In nearly 40 years of searching, I’ve never encountered this flower’s scent

Have you ever smelled sweet violets? If you live in Southern California, the chances are slim when considering the probability of engaging in this unique olfactory experience. During almost forty years of local plant observation, I have visited nearly every botanical garden in Southern California as well as hundreds of backyard and front yard gardens, but have never sniffed a sweet violet. Maybe they are growing somewhere that I missed. If so, please advise. There is only one Southern California...
Tags: Gardening, California, Ebay, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Johnny, Western US, San Gabriel Mountains, Viola, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


TomatoFest introduces a new tomato named after Anthony Bourdain

TomatoFest, the organic heirloom tomato seed catalog, has introduced a heart-shaped red tomato named after Anthony Bourdain. Dubbed the “Anthony Bourdain Tomato,” this cross between a Sungold and an Amish Paste produces a one-pound fruit with bold, complex, fruity-sweet flavors and good acidity. The mid-summer tomato, created by tomato breeder Jeff Dawson, was named by TomatoFest founder and “The Great Tomato Book” author Gary Ibsen as a tribute to the culinary star he never got to meet. Bourdai...
Tags: Gardening, France, Sport, Cnn, Things To Do, Soccer, Julia Child, Southern California, Anthony Bourdain, Tony, Bourdain, Jeff Dawson, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB



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