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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...

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 don’t get snow out here, but when our six-foot-tall jade plant — west-facing and located behind our garden pond — is in full flower, it happens to resemble an enormous snowball. We call her “mama jade” because her stem cuttings have been planted in...

The 1948 movie The Red Shoes, restored by Scorsese and offered by Criterion Collection, is a marvel in more ways than we can name. Directed by the Archers, it’s a feat of Technicolor, a loose retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen story in which a dancer comes...