| Jul 8, 2010
| 6:10 AM
The pink petunias your grandmother planted are not the same petunias that you now find at garden centers.
Today's petunias are tougher, standing up to summer's hot and dry conditions — and to busy lifestyles with fewer hours to garden....
| Jul 9, 2010
| 9:05 PM
Over the past few weeks we have had two or three honeybee swarms here at the nursery. If you are an avid gardener or outdoor enthusiast, you're probably accustomed to bee swarms, especially during this time of the year. At the nursery, these swarms...
| Aug 19, 2010
Summer is the time to enjoy the outdoors. There's the sun, the camping, the backyard crab feasts, and unfortunately, there's also the pests.
Mosquitoes, ticks, bees and hornets can make themselves uninvited guests at outdoor gatherings and activities,...
| Jul 22, 2010
It used to be that a peach was a peach and a plum was a plum, and that was it. Now, however, breeders are coming up with complex hybrids between species, such as fruits that are a combination of peaches, apricots and plums, and cherries or nectarines...
| Jul 21, 2010
| 5:05 PM
Re: Piece of Mind column, "Giving fields a sporting chance," July 15.
Many of us — hikers, runners, walkers, bicyclists, equestrians, artists, scientists, children, families — go to Hahamonga because we need wild spaces, unpredictable...
| Feb 15, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Some ordinary, unassuming household objects have hidden superpowers. And most of these items cost less than a couple of bucks. There are cult followings of vinegar and duct tape. Entire tomes have been written about the virtues of baking soda.
| Feb 17, 2010
| 4:19 AM
Amid the 250,000 products at the 2009 51st Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, there was lots of Central Florida buzz, thanks to hard work over the years by Doug McGinnis and his sister Patricia.
The family enterprise, Tropical Blossom Honey Co. in...
| Feb 18, 2010
Fennel, the most fragrant of vegetables, is now at its peak of abundance and quality. Of the half-dozen stands at the Hollywood farmers market that sell it, Finley Organic Farms, which grows the Zefa Fino variety in Santa Ynez, has the sweetest and most...
| Feb 22, 2010
| 1:34 PM
It might happen tonight. Or tomorrow. But it won't happen gradually. It will come all at once. All over Los Angeles, the first pink buds of jasmine will erupt into sprays of new white flowers. The display will be chaste enough for a wedding arbor -- until...
| Apr 26, 2010
In Rose-Lynn Fisher's new book "Bee," the artist offers a close look at the common honey bee. A very, very close look. Using a friend's electron microscope, Fisher explores the bee in a variety of magnifications. At 10x or 30x resolution the images mostly...
| Apr 27, 2010
There's nothing shy about spring in Descanso Gardens, that unexpected Eden tucked into the stony foothills of La Cañada Flintridge -- especially not it's lilac garden in the spring....