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Hold onto your hankies, dear readers: 2013 is shaping up to be one of the worst years on record for allergy sufferers. Not only that, pollen counts are expected to double by 2040. Last winter’s heavy precipitation in particular and climate change in general are contributing...

Feeling that Seis de Mayo slump? Yesterday, after one mezcal cocktail too many, we switched to the virgin stuff — and ended up making a loquat soda to restore and steady our souls for the week ahead. Luckily, loquats are abundantly in season right now. [caption id=""...

Nasturtium has got to be one of the most underrated — and tastiest — plants of mid-spring. Maybe it’s just too easy to take its flowers for granted; their brilliant red, yellow and orange blossoms are beyond abundant this time of year, blanketing canyons, flashing...

The current state of our tillandsia — our sweet, innocent air plants — has officially thrown us into a shame spiral. It's a bad scene here in bromeliad land: No specimens have flowered in months. Their tips are scorched. These guys are looking dull, dull,...

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...