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It's been a while since our last orchid-related post. Today we decided to check back in the sultry, sculptural flowers of the Orchidaceae family because April is National Orchid Month (at least according to the American Orchid Society) and because the wild orchid at the foot...

Bud vases should be in every plant lover’s arsenal because: (1) they show off the lovely peculiarities of each stem and (2) they let you maximize the mileage of your bouquets. When someone (cough, cough, cough) gives or sends flowers to C, she prefers to distribute...

In winter we have hot toddies (and Candied Apples!) and in summer we have mint juleps — but what about those brisk yet sweet-smelling days in between? Enter the Early Bloomer. It's a cocktail we came up with, one that's crisp, green and floral, with...

We know we're spoiled out here in coastal Southern California, what with our 50-degree lows and all. And yet, C and her friends are always freeezing. So for when we're watching movies or football or entertaining outside, RB built this snazzy heater. It's especially helpful when...

A bland bedroom patio and an impulse buy were the two things that conspired, 16 years ago, to initiate Barry Levine into the practice of bonsai. This was while he was still a bachelor living in Brentwood. “The patio had nothing on it but a chair...

Not to get all sappy, but we often don’t realize how much luck is all around us, all the time. Today we were planning to go on a shamrock search (say that ten times fast) in honor of Saint Patrick's Day, but ended up finding...