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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


5 ways to improve your garden this week, Mar. 23-29

1. Harvest time Continue harvesting winter crops and citrus. Remember – you don’t need to pick all your oranges, lemons, and other citrus when it first ripens. Most citrus fruits will hold on the tree – and become even sweeter – for several months. So harvest what you can use and let the rest of the fruits get sweeter. Then as more and more start to fall off, you can harvest the rest of the crop and share it. 2. Herbal remedy Refresh woody herb plants such as rosemary, sage, and tarragon by prun...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Susan, Dusty Miller, Achillea, Veronica Now, Home + Garden, Correa California, Chicks Stachys Lamb, Phlox Portulaca Thunbergia Black, Verbena Vinca


Interesting Things to Do in Durham

Durham City is a beautiful city located in the heart of North Carolina. There’re very many types of attractions in Durham from sights and landmarks, to natures and parks, museums and so much... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Tea, Things To Do, North Carolina, Durham, Durham City


Gardening: The sweet mystery of the cocktail grapefruit, the mandelo

“The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.” These words of Thomas Jefferson are precious to me since I have long felt that I can provide no more important service to you, dear reader of this column, than to bring to your attention unfamiliar plants which, were they to flourish in your garden, could well enhance your quality of life. One of these plants is a citrus tree I had never heard of until a short time ago when it was brought to my atte...
Tags: Gardening, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Shirley, Ontario, Thomas Jefferson, Riverside, UC Riverside, Loma Linda, Home + Garden, Oro Blanco, Sandra Shirley, Clausen Nursery, Parkview Nursery


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


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


5 things to do in your garden this week, Mar. 9-15

1. Summer planting time Remember: Daylight Saving Time begins March 10. Even though we lose an hour by setting our clocks ahead (and it takes a week or two to adjust to the time change), we get more daytime light to enjoy the garden. And it’s also time to plant summer garden vegetables – cilantro, corn, root crops, squashes and specialty items from seed; vigorously growing peppers, tomatoes, and other veggies from pony-packs. Plant tomatoes deep, leaving only the top inch or two sticking out of ...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Santana, Home + Garden


The comic strip ‘Drabble’ turns 40 on Tuesday, not that creator Kevin Fagan was going to make a big deal about it

Norman Drabble hasn’t aged much over the years but “Drabble,” the comic strip that bears his name, turns 40 today — not that Kevin Fagan planned to make any fuss about it. But his son, Brian Fagan, thought that if his truly modest dad wasn’t going to toot his and Norman’s horn he’d toot it for him, and emailed word that it was March 5, 1979, when the comic strip debuted, continuing ever since. “I am reaching out in regards to my dad, Kevin Fagan, the creator and cartoonist behind ‘Drabble’,” Fag...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Books, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Norman, Charlie Brown, Fagan, Schultz, Seuss, Claremont Graduate University, Mission Viejo, Don Winslow, Charles M Schultz


‘Zucked’ shows how a mentor of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is now one of the social network’s biggest critics

As a tech venture capitalist and early mentor of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Roger McNamee might be the least likely prophet to wander out of Silicon Valley with warnings of the dangers posed by the social network to those who use it. But that’s exactly where McNamee finds himself today, three years after he first started to seriously worry that Facebook, in its galloping growth to more than 2 billion users – and a current value of more than $400 billion – had gone astray in ways that thre...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Books, Technology, Microsoft, Bono, Senate, Boston, US, Samsung, Sport, Cnn, Harvard, Things To Do, Soccer


The search for the woman who designed the ‘Creature of the Black Lagoon’ monster led to this ‘Lady’

With her debut book “The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick,” Mallory O’Meara set out to right a wrong. The harm was done more than 60 years ago to Milicent Patrick, the Universal Studios special effects shop artist who was denied credit for designing the Creature from the 1954 horror film, “Creature From the Black Lagoon.” Could this be the stuff of a motion picture? “I have to keep my lips zipped on that one,” said O’Meara, a Los Angeles-base...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Mexico, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Guillermo Del Toro, Walt Disney, Patrick, Burbank, Black Lagoon, Claremont Graduate University, Michael Connelly, Reseda, Don Winslow


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, March 1-8

  Zoe, the Mexican rock band and Grammy Award winners, perform on March 6 at the Hollywood Palladium. (Photo courtesy of Zoe)   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   Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Winter Sky” show, 7:30, and “The Search for Life in the Universe,” 8:30 p.m. March 1. Minimum age 8. Ticke...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Dance, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN


How Dr. Seuss and Read Across America day intersect

Success of Seuss Saturday, March 2, 2019 would have been the 115th birthday of Theodor Geisel also known as Dr. Seuss. By 2015, Dr. Seuss’ books had been translated into 17 languages and had sold 650 million copies in 95 countries. Above illustration by Kurt Snibbe, Staff Theodor Geisel was a student at Dartmouth in 1925. He was caught by the dean with gin during Prohibition. In order to continue working at the school’s humor magazine, he adopted a pen name that used his mother’s maiden name, ...
Tags: Books, Business, News, Uncategorized, California News, America, Events, Infographic, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Dartmouth, Nea, Springfield, Springfield Massachusetts


5 things you can do in the garden this week, Mar. 2-8

1. Rose revival Apply a quarter cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to each mature rose bush to boost its vigor. It is inexpensive and can be found at drug stores, 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 counter-productive, so don’t get carried away. 2. Got rot? Prevent brown-rot disease in apricot, nectarine and peach fruit...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Epsom, Home + Garden


Gardening: Opening our eyes to the large variety of diminutive irises

No matter how much you think you know about plants, there are still plenty of surprises that await. With nearly 400,000 plant species identified worldwide, it is little wonder that every time you step into a nursery there is something new to discover. Even within a single plant genus, there may be so many species that you would need a lifetime to explore them all. Take irises, for example. There are 300 species of iris yet only two of them – bearded and Dutch iris – are familiar to most gardener...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Cleveland, Barber, Pacific Coast, Senna, Salvia, Lavandula, Canna, Rancho Los Cerritos, Terry Barber, Home + Garden, Strelitzia


Master Gardener: How to get gophers out of your yard

Q: I have gophers in my yard. How do I get rid of them? A: As a master gardener, I think this is the most commonly-asked question at our “Ask a Master Gardener” information table. Gophers are tricky to eliminate. If you have a single gopher digging in a flat part of your yard, you can use a garden hose to flood him out of his hole. If you have a more extensive problem, you can use either a Macabee or Black Hole trap. Locate the main tunnel by probing the ground near the pile of pulverized dirt. ...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden, San Fernando Valley LA, Macabee


Claremont Graduate University announces the 2019 winner of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Dawn Lundy Martin, whose poetry collection “Good Stock Strange Blood” examines the weight of history and the traumas of private life, has won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award based at Claremont Graduate University, the school announced Wednesday. The award given annually to a mid-career poet is one of the most prestigious and lucrative prizes in poetry, with its $100,000 prize the largest in the world awarded for a single volume of work. Diana Khoi Nguyen, whose debut collection “Ghost Of” was no...
Tags: Books, Mexico, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Harper, San Marino, Meridian, Martin, University of Pittsburgh, Kingsley, Donnelly, Terrance Hayes, University of Denver, San Fernando Valley


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


5 garden tips for this week, Feb. 23-29

1. Feed your avocado trees Feed avocado trees in March and again in June. Apply just under 5 cups of 16-16-16 plant food, or 10 cups of 10-10-10 fertilizer around the drip zone of each mature tree each time you feed. And any time you apply plant food, be sure to thoroughly water it in right away, or let the rain do it for you. 2. Blooming success Plant azaleas and camellias while they are blooming. Many varieties, conveniently, are pretty much in the middle of their blooming season now. Plant th...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Home + Garden, Johnny Jump


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


How ‘The Border’ aims to close out Don Winslow’s trilogy on the war on drugs in the U.S. and Mexico

With “The Border,” novelist Don Winslow reaches the end of his Cartel trilogy, a crime fiction epic that sprawls over decades and tells of a brutal, corrupt, expensive and unwinnable war on drugs between U.S. law enforcement and the Mexican cartels. It’s a series that began with “The Power Of The Dog” in 2005, continued in “The Cartel” a decade later, and now concludes with “The Border,” which hits bookstores on Tuesday, Feb. 26. And while the research and writing of these three books has taken ...
Tags: Books, Mexico, Sport, Cnn, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Border, DEA, Donald Trump, Ridley Scott, Vanity Fair, New York City Police Department, Ensenada, Keller


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


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, Feb. 15-22

    Lynne Fearman’s ‘Purple Haze.’ Fearman demonstrates her oil painting techniques on Feb. 18 at a meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association in Santa Clarita. (Photo courtesy of Lynne Fearman)   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     Bianchi Planetarium at Cal State Northridge: “Winter Sky” show, 7:30, an...
Tags: Local News, Art, Books, Comedy, Dance, Homeless, Lunar New Year, Movies, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Theater, Things to Do, Top Stories LADN


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



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