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Bougainvillea on Beverly

The Bougainvillea on Beverly: Showy Bract Season Is In Full Swing

On a hot afternoon in L.A., great tufts of bougainvillea were blooming in three sorbet colors — soft pink, golden orange and screeching fuchsia.…

56 Hours in Portland: Coffee, Beer and Botany in the City of Roses

We’re very much into the whole “buy experiences rather than things” thing. So when Ryan suggested we celebrate my birthday by going to Portland, I said, “Put a bird on it!” and by “bird” I mean me, and by “it” I mean the City of Roses.…

Bloom Alert: The African Tulip Tree Brings Tropical Heat to September

Now that the weird clouds of August have cleared and SoCal’s newsworthy chill has been replaced by Louisiana levels of humidity and temps in the 90s, summer’s only just getting started here in our beachy little burg.…

Fire and Ice (Plants): Rolling Out the Purply Pink Carpet

The traffic islands around here are truly one of the natural wonders of the world. A couple weeks ago, we noticed that one of our regular concrete drive-bys became irradiated overnight with thousands of fuchsia-color flowers.…

Sidewalk Jungle: The Wild Orchids Next Door

“The great Victorian-era orchid hunter William Arnold drowned on a collecting expedition on the Orinoco River […] The linguist and plant collector Augustus Margary survived toothache, rheumatism, pleurisy, and dysentery while sailing the Yangtze only to be murdered when he completed his mission and traveled beyond Bhamo.…