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Happy Solstice, Earthlings! Today is the first full day of summer, and the temps in our area have gotten the memo, with La Jolla reaching the 80s and Los Angeles sizzling up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. Blazing hot like the solstitial sun is the aptly named Solandra maxima....

Shaped like a candelabra, our Euphorbia avasmontana is in bloom. But when we talk about the spectacle, we're not talking about the flowers (which are too small to be easily seen)—we're talking about the plant's cyathia. That is, the flower-like structures that add flash to a blossoming euphorbia. For...

Not a whole lot's blooming in our garden (now that our passion flowers are giving way to passionfruit!) — with one silky exception. Our fuchsia plant is, yes, sorry, no other way to say it, on fleek right now. One of the shadiest spots in the yard...

On a hot afternoon in L.A., great tufts of bougainvillea were blooming in three sorbet colors — soft pink, golden orange and screeching fuchsia. Not a lot of shade, but the effect was refreshing. We pulled over, put money in the meter, and walked. These colorblocked bougainvilleas grow on...

Winter in our neck of the woods may be mild beyond belief, but we don’t take spring for granted. Not only is spring equinox our blog-erversary, we’re excited for warm vibes to light up the cooler areas of the country and the world, because those regions...