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Summer of 2012: basil gimlets. Summer of 2009: beer-garitas. Summer of 2004: anything with muddled mint and sugar. (Summers prior to 2004…? We plead the fifth.) As soon as the seasons change, there’s a cocktail or an ingredient that becomes the center of our drinking universe....

May Gray and its steely sister June Gloom are in full effect in Southern California. They do have a foil, though — in the legions of Jacaranda mimosifolia trees that are lighting up our city’s skies and streets with their purple flowers. They’re common in South...

Two weekends ago, we traded the cacti of California for the Douglas firs (and snappy wildflowers!) of the Pacific Northwest. This mini-vacation included an enlightening trek to The Herbfarm, the James Beard Award-winning restaurant and dining tour-de-force in Woodinville, Washington. We also visited its five-acre...

Last weekend we were in Seattle — RB’s first time in the city in over a decade, and C’s first time ever. Hence the light posting sked this week! We’re still coming down from all that nuanced espresso and the radiant, vertigo-inducing trees that sang...

Here's one thing we’ve learned since launching this little gardening gazette: There are only so many synonyms for flowers. Blooms, blossoms, the species name, yes. Inflorescence is another wonderful term we like to throw around, especially when we’re referring to some petalled shocker sent out...

Last weekend we went up to Carlsbad, California, to bask in the legions of shaggy-faced ranunculus that grow at the Flower Fields. Scroll through for the action. The day also included an antique tractor ride, a confounding sweetpea maze, a rose garden, a chorus of snapdragons,...