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Wildlife differs ferociously from continent to continent, but birdwatchers from here to Melbourne have one creature in common: Strelitzia reginae. We've got a bird of paradise shrub in our yard that blooms twice a year, late fall through winter and late spring through summer. To keep...

Is it just us, or does the experience of sending flowers feel less like a Hallmark moment and more like buying a used car? We’ve often tried sending our moms $35 bouquets that ended up costing almost 60 bucks at checkout. That’s why we’re digging this...

One of our favorite things about living here is our proximity to the Self-Realization Fellowship’s meditation gardens. They’re located in Encinitas, aka the yoga capital of the U.S. and the "flower capital of the world." (According to the sign at the town limits.) These two forces...

You know that first tingle of the flu, when it’s cracking its knuckles and just limbering up to unleash the hurt? When all you want is an injection of Day-Glo vitamin C to the veins? (Whether or not it makes a significant difference?) Tangerine juice...

Over at RB's blog, he fills us in on the latest addition to our family of woods, a mammoth gift from a coworker. It’s not every day you stumble across a piece of desert ironwood (Olneya tesota) of such striking size and complexity. I couldn’t turn down the...

AKA: Water iris Appearance: Tempest in a Dixie cup, the velour coat of arms of the Spears family Origin: The biggest dreamer of all the bog dwellers, this crinkled darling was the first skinny dipper in New Orleans history Occupation: Moistening the lapels of prog rockers along the Gulf Scent:...

We came for the lobster rolls and stayed for the 100-year-old trees. One of our neighborhood favorites, Herringbone in La Jolla, opened splashily last year to crammed happy hours and lively late-night dining inside an arching, blond-beamed former warehouse space. In keeping with the Mediterranean ethos...