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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....

For all the planning it involves, gardening is filled with blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments. Like short-lived blossoms and butterfly fly-bys. A Venus flytrap chomping on a housefly. Sometimes you just want to gush off the cuff about the taste of a fresh-grown radish to whoever happens to be listening. Which...