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April 26, 1987 | ROBERT SMAUS, Robert Smaus is an associate editor of Los Angeles Time Magazine.
Filled with hollyhocks, wallflowers, pinks, bachelor buttons, cup-and-saucers and forget-me-nots, the cottage gardens of yesteryear were "immune to the fashion in flowers," as W. George Waters, the British-born editor of Pacific Horticulture, puts it. Their owners planting anything that came their way, these front-yard gardens "contained no pretense whatever." But when the gardeners came across something special, Waters says, "they tended to pass it around a bit."
April 5, 2014 | By Kavita Daswani, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Radiant Orchid, the trend color of 2014 as decreed by color specialist Pantone, has shown up all across the beauty spectrum. The flower is appearing literally - as the key ingredient in Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, for instance. Or it's an inspiration - for example, as the basis of trendy nail wraps from Jamberry Nails Radiant Orchid Collection. In skin care, orchid extract is touted as an effective moisturizer; orchid leaves contain plant pigments called anthocyanins - also present in blueberries and acai - known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
March 7, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, Calif., opened to visitors last week but rain and cold weather have kept the attraction's famed ranunculus from opening up. "Due to weather conditions we've been having lately, the flowers aren't fully bloomed," spokeswoman Shannon Moore said Wednesday. "Right now they're just buds. In about two weeks, they should be fully in bloom. " The working farm opened Friday and will remain open until May 12. The Giant Tecolote Ranunculus planted on 50 acres draws about 120,000 photo-snapping visitors to Carlsbad Ranch each year.
March 14, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
For seven years St. David's Episcopal Church has served as a concert venue for Austin's vibrant South by Southwest Conference. This week it also became a place for mourning. Holding flowers and sheets of paper with prayers, about 100 people gathered outside the on church to mourn 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr of Amsterdam and 27-year-old Jamie Ranae West of Austin, who were struck and killed when a car plowed into a crowd early Thursday. Twenty-three others were injured. Rashad Charjuan Owens, a 21-year-old music producer from Killeen, Texas, has been arrested.
August 13, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Unlike many plants considered invasive, fennel does everything it can to ingratiate itself into the garden. Its leaves are attractive -- feathery and delicate -- and the umbrella-shaped blooms of bright yellow flowers that come in summer serve as miniature landing pads for pollinators. Every part of fennel, root to leaf to pollen to fruit, is infused with the varying levels of its iconic licorice flavor. Unlike other aromatic crops -- dill, cumin, anise, caraway -- only fennel ( Foeniculum vulgare )
July 7, 2012
Bright yellow zucchini flowers are nearly irresistible to farmers market shoppers. Yet it seems many people don't know what to do with them once they've bought them. My favorite way is to deep-fry them in a very light, almost tempura-like batter. Whisk enough ice water into flour that it thickens to the consistency of heavy cream. Dip the flowers in the batter, give them a twirl to get rid of any excess batter, and fry them in hot oil until they're crunchy — just two or three minutes.
October 23, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
The former star running back boards first. It's a few minutes before 7 on a Tuesday morning as Brad Ebner gives his father a hug and ambles onto a small yellow school bus that has pulled up outside his Goleta home. The bus has been modified inside with a large open space for a wheelchair on one side and three seats with room for another wheelchair on the other. As the driver navigates the Santa Barbara area, five more college-age passengers come aboard: two men using wheelcairs who have cerebral palsy; a man with autism; and a man and a woman who have mental disabilities.
February 12, 1998
California growers, who raise 65% of the nation's cut flowers, have a lot riding on the Valentine's holiday. The top five cut-flower-growing states: *--* State Percentage of cut-flower market California 65% Florida 6 Colorado 4 Hawaii 3 New Jersey 3 *--* Holiday Flower/Plant Sales* Christmas/Hanukkah: 28% Mother's Day: 25% Easter/Passover: 21% Valentine's Day: 17% Thanksgiving: 3% Other: 6% * Includes fresh, cut flowers, flowering houseplants, green plants and bedding and garden plants.
March 16, 1998 | DIANA MARCUM
Here are some hotlines and World Wide Web sites that offer information on desert wildflowers: * Living Desert Wildflower Hotline in the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area, (760) 340-4954. Also: * Joshua Tree National Park: * Anza Borrego Desert State Park, wildflower hotline, (760) 767-4684 * Death Valley National Park: * Mojave Desert Information Center, (760) 733-4040
August 29, 2013
They may not be the first ingredient you think of when garnishing a dish, but flowers are perfect for adding bright color -- not to mention flavor -- to a host of sweet and savory recipes. Sprinkle tender buds in salad, laminate pastry sheets with colorful petals, or stuff whole blossoms with any number of fillings. "Candy" the flowers, coating them with a layer of sugar, if you want to add an extra element to cakes or other desserts. The options are almost endless. If you decide to add flowers to a recipe, make sure that the flowers are indeed edible.
March 4, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Two women were arrested near a Redlands cemetery after allegedly stealing flowers, wind chimes and other decorations from grave sites over a span of several months, police said Tuesday. Esha Sumaya Khondoker, 26, of Redlands, and Kulreet Nakai, 22, of Rancho Cucamonga, were stopped Monday night in their vehicle in the 1200 block of Olive Avenue, several blocks from the Hillside Memorial Park cemetery, Redlands police said. Lt. Travis Martinez declined to provide details about the arrest, saying only that officers had received information “minutes prior” that “some property had been stolen” from the cemetery.
February 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "Endless Love," the gauzy new romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the meant-to-be-togethers, one thing is certain - sometimes beauty is only skin deep. Directed by Shana Feste and delivering its breaking hearts and fragrant flowers just in time for Valentine's Day, the film is filled with interesting ideas about love, loss, self-esteem and social class, particularly as they define still malleable graduating seniors. But in adapting Scott Spencer's novel for the big screen, Feste and Joshua Safran ("Gossip Girl")
January 21, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The horrible secret is finally out: Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic" was a ratings success.  An average of 6.1 million total viewers tuned in to Saturday's TV adaptation of V.C. Andrews' best-seller about a troubled family and its awful secrets, with Ellen Burstyn leading the cast as the fierce grandmother.  WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows That was far better than the total for some other recent Lifetime TV-movie...
January 18, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It should come as no surprise that Lifetime's adaptation of "Flowers in the Attic" is terrible. Of course it's terrible! The book was terrible! Rife with clunky dialogue, ridiculous characters and ludicrous plot twists. It was so terrible you could not put it down. Child imprisonment! Two kinds of evil mothers! And, oh my sainted aunt, incest! Loving, consensual incest! It was "Blue Lagoon" meets "Sybil" in the days before becoming a vampire replaced teen sex as your mama's worst nightmare.
January 16, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Flower lovers who prefer to buy locally grown blooms soon will have a free nationwide online directory to help them buy from florists, supermarkets, wedding planners and farmers who design with and sell U.S.-grown flowers. is the brainchild of garden and design writer Debra Prinzing , author of the book "Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets From the Garden, Meadow and Farm. " (Prinzing also is a Los Angeles Times contributor.) Prinzing said she was inspired to create the database after receiving repeated requests at her speaking engagements for sustainable florists.
January 9, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Ahead of the premiere of its telepic "Flowers in the Attic," Lifetime has announced plans for a sequel. The followup will be based on the second book in the V.C. Andrews series, "Petals in the Wind. " The announcement was made Thursday just before the network's panel to promote "Flowers in the Attic" during the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. Kayla Alpert, who adapted the controversial novel for Lifetime, is penning the sequel. The story will pick up 10 years after "Attic" ends.
September 17, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
In summer, when the camomile is in full bloom and harvesting has begun, the gardeners at Stanford Avalon Community Garden in South L.A. let a portion of the field go to seed, ensuring a harvest down the line. Most of the gardeners here are from Mexico, where té de manzanilla (camomile tea) is about as common as Coke on restaurant menus. In Europe, where camomile originated, the apple-scented flowers go  back to the Middle Ages. It is the European ginseng, say some, extensively researched and included in the pharmacological record.
January 9, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Ahead of the premiere of its telepic "Flowers in the Attic," Lifetime has announced plans for a sequel. The followup will be based on the second book in the V.C. Andrews series, "Petals in the Wind. " The announcement was made Thursday just before the network's panel to promote "Flowers in the Attic" during the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. Kayla Alpert, who adapted the controversial novel for Lifetime, is penning the sequel. The story will pick up 10 years after "Attic" ends.
December 27, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
The Global Garden started two years ago with the mission of meeting the people and exploring the cultures of Los Angeles through the prism of what we plant. Now as 2013 comes to an end and I close out this series, I've been thinking back on how the experience has changed what I put into my own garden and subsequently what goes onto my plate. It began with a rooted hoja santa stalk given to me by a gardener from the Francis Avenue Community Garden in Koreatown. I knew the herb with the huge leaves from my travels in southern Mexico and didn't expect it would survive in my east-facing hillside garden in Echo Park.
December 26, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
When Echo Park Lake reopened earlier this year after a $45-million makeover, locals flocked to see the newly installed lotus plants, which were making their return to the lake after a mutiyear absence.   So this winter, some passersby have looked at the lake and become alarmed. For weeks now, the bright green lotus leaves that once shot into the air have become brown and wilted. The bed of flowers now droop onto the water like a sea of broken miniature umbrellas. The scene has left some residents and visitors wondering: Did the plants die again?
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