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Field of Dreams: ‘Wildflowering L.A.’ Turns Urban Sprawl Into Native, Magical Meadows

Happy equinox, everyone! Here in Southern California, early spring means wildflowers, and lots of them: hillsides dense with blue flax and lupine, and phone-in hotlines updated weekly with the state of the poppies.…

Of a Feather: Watch a Hummingbird Flock Together With Our Bird of Paradise Plant

Horticulties, please forgive the light posting this week — we have been busy bees getting ready for our big reveal at the WestEdge Design Fair happening this Saturday afternoon.…

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.…

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Now that the weird clouds of August have cleared and SoCal’s newsworthy chill has been replaced by Louisiana levels of humidity and temps in the 90s, summer’s only just getting started here in our beachy little burg.…

Rhododendron in Kennebunk Beach, Maine

Remembering the Rhododendron: Notes on an Acid-Loving New Englander

While relishing a bloodless victory against the king of Persia, Greek philosopher Xenophon and 10,000 of his fellow soldiers stumbled into an abandoned village — and onto a smorgasbord of beehives.…

A Nice Ring to It: The Gold Medallion Tree Lights Up the Streets of Southern California

“Gold medallion […] blooms well near the ocean, but benefits from reflected heat of nearby pavement,” writes The Sunset Western Garden Book, explaining why the flowers of Cassia leptophylla are doing gangbusters right now in our beachy yet highly developed neighborhood.…

Dogwood Days of Summer: Shelter Island’s Snowy, Showy Powerhouse

“We’re trying to catch the 5 o’clock from Orient Point,” RB said to the guy directing our car off the ferry — the first of three we would take that night.…

Snap, Crackle and Pop: Scotch Broom Sweeps Seattle!

Last weekend we were in Seattle — RB’s first time in the city in over a decade, and C’s first time ever.…

How to Forage (and Eat!) Nasturtium Flowers

Nasturtium has got to be one of the most underrated — and tastiest — plants of mid-spring. Maybe it’s just too easy to take its flowers for granted; their brilliant red, yellow and orange blossoms are beyond abundant this time of year, blanketing canyons, flashing traffic and bursting through fences alongside their distinctive, platter-shaped (peltate) leaves.…

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.…