March 28, 2005 |
Normally, Armstrong Garden Centers Inc. workers are planting petunias in Southern California's desert resorts and golf clubs in March, splashing the landscape with shades of red, blue, purple and plum. Not this year. Rain pummels petunias, said Michael Kunce, chief executive of the Glendora-based company, which operates 37 garden centers and three nurseries, all in California. So, customers figure, why bother?
HOME & GARDEN
March 10, 2005 |
I was making coffee in the kitchen when a virus the size of a Russian terrier entered the house, snatched my sports section, plopped down in my chair. He behaved like our friends, so I didn't so much as complain. "Coffee?" I asked. "No, thanks," the virus said. "Cold or flu?" I asked. "Flu," he said. "Thought so," I answered. "Cold will be here later," he promised. You could tell this virus was a professional. He didn't waste much time. His pockets were stuffed with misery. "You must be ALF?"
April 20, 2004 |
FORECASTERS PREDICT sunny skies and mild temperatures Saturday, the opener of the Eastern Sierra general trout-fishing season. So pack an extra parka and gloves because openers often bring wild surprises. On the bright side, short-term conditions appear prime throughout the region, where an early spring thaw below 8,000 feet has improved shoreline access and stirred fish from their long, cold slumber. Such conditions bode well for those visiting Convict Lake.
April 16, 2003 |
It's a good time to be a bee. It's early spring and the honeybees are feasting on orange blossoms, wildflowers and even an uncommon kind of sage. If you can't be a bee, the next best alternative is to stand in line at the Bill's Bees booth at the South Pasadena farmers market. On Thursday night last week, the beekeeper had every customer eating out of his hand -- or rather, out of spoons with honey samples.
April 28, 2002 |
It was early spring, maybe a little too early for the Mourning Cloak Ranch and Botanical Gardens. In late March, the time of my visit, the garden's resplendent lilacs, madronos, heather, manzanita and crab-apple trees had not reached their April bloom. The prolific peonies of May were weeks away from flowering too. But as I climbed the winding paths, a secret garden began to emerge: Oregon grape and brilliant clusters of yellow, white and orange daffodils.
September 7, 2000 |
The most compelling evidence yet that some Native Americans practiced cannibalism has been discovered by researchers studying a small Anasazi settlement in southwestern Colorado that was mysteriously abandoned about AD 1150. As many as 40 sites scattered across the Southwest contain human bones that show distinctive evidence of having been butchered and cooked--signs consistent with cannibalism.
March 2, 2000 |
My still-dripping garden had "spring" stamped all over it, following one of those recent storms. The day had dawned clear and sunny, and it looked and smelled like spring. Not spring full-blown, but early spring, when the garden is awaking and full of promise. Against a clearing sky, I could see the first roses of the year--droplet-covered blossoms high overhead. I've coaxed this apricot-colored climber into a small eucalyptus. The rose is a 1904 Noisette named 'Crepuscule.'
March 14, 1997 |
Don Ashley may not be the most profound person on the waterfront, but as the longtime owner of Long Beach Sportfishing he usually knows what he is talking about, no matter how it comes out. Asked Thursday to assess the local fishing situation, he answered, "It's been a pretty good early spring, considering it's still winter." What he means, of course, is that it feels like spring, no matter what the calendar says.
February 23, 1997 |
After the heavy rains of December and January, spring has arrived early in the Santa Ynez Valley. Last Saturday, when my husband, Paul, and I drove up from Los Angeles on U.S. 101 and turned east into the valley on California 246, the rolling hills were as green as Ireland's, the new leaves of the live oaks beginning to unfurl.