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25 Lessons We’ve Learned Since Launching

Happy Autumn Equinox! It’s hard to believe that we launched just one equinox ago on the cusp of spring — and that the tulips and kumquats of March have been replaced by the blushing apple trees, pickling tips and dahlias on dahlias on dahlias of September.…

Inward Bound: The Rapid-Fire Movements of Mimosa Pudica, aka the Sensitive Plant

Last weekend during our fruitful trip to LA, we took a trip to Sawtelle Boulevard landmark Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery, where we picked up a potted Mimosa pudica, a scraggly plant with a huge talent, for $3.99.…

It Takes a Village to Repel a Pest: Crowdsourcing Our Aphid, Inchworm Invasion

Remember our darling, hangover-curing loquat tree?

About a month after we picked its last fruit of the season, our tree was attacked by a horde of green apple aphids.…

Eyes on the Road, Californians: The Creepy Appeal of the Highway Ice Plant

Our obsession with freeway fauna is closely documented. Can you blame us? Staring at the tender wildflowers, itchy scoops of chaparral and fat, sassy succulents growing along the shoulder makes a slow merge all the more bearable.…

Flora vs. Fauna: When Strays Spray

We live in a catty neighborhood. Between indulged strays and outdoor pets, cats are constantly drifting in and out of gardens on our block.…

Squawk of the Town: Wild Parrots Are Coming for You

We appreciate a compelling fish-out-of-water story (Coming to America, Through the Looking-Glass, Splash…)  — especially when there’s one unfolding in our own backyard.…

Flora vs. Fauna: Frisky Butterflies, and When Caterpillars Get the Munchies

This year, our passion flower vine — at long last — started blooming like nobody’s business.

Until the gulf fritillaries moved in.…