April 16, 2013 |
Fernando Larios eyes the stand of plantains running along one side of the Francis Avenue Community Garden in Koreatown. A large cluster of fruit, just out of arm's reach, is almost ready. “It'll be two more months,” says Larios, who has been keeping an eye on these plantains since someone poached the last cluster. Once the fruit is harvested, the entire plant will be cut down to the ground, and others will rise up, he says. Most of the plant's energy is underground, and pups will sprout up around the mother plant.
April 15, 2013 |
BEIJING -- North Korea celebrated the 101th anniversary of its founder's birth Monday with flowers and dancing instead of missiles, raising hopes that the regime may be climbing down from the furious rhetoric of recent weeks. Even the fire-breathing North Korean news service was unusually subdued, the day passing with nary a threat of thermonuclear war. Kim Jong Un, the 30-year-old leader, was reported to have paid a midnight visit to the mausoleum in Pyongyang where his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, the nation's founder, and father, Kim Jong Il, lie in state, embalmed in the Communist tradition.
April 12, 2013 |
Otherwild in Echo Park will be hosting a L.A. Food Swap event on April 28 where Angelenos can trade homemade, homegrown and foraged foods with each other. Community members are invited to come swap baked goods, preserves, fruits and vegetables, spices, condiments, beverages and more from 2 to 4 p.m. Swappers interested in attending must pre-register online and follow the L.A. Food Swap terms and conditions. 1932 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, www.lafoodswap.com . ALSO: Jonathan Gold quiz: Flowers 'Vegetable Literacy' by Deborah Madison Mashed potatoes 101 ... and 7 recipes
April 12, 2013 |
Julie Burleigh has designed highly tailored organic gardens for clients all over Los Angeles, but at home in West Adams, her personal garden reflects a more freewheeling sensibility. Easy-care California natives and hearty gray-blue aloes snipped from a neighbor's yard share space with giant ageratum with ethereal, lavender-colored flowers, and herbs such as African blue basil and winter savory. Bright red geraniums, figs and other familiar plantings are interspersed with less common white sage and the aromatic edible lovage, which tastes like celery and can be harvested for soups and salads.
April 11, 2013 |
Extensive stands of Joshua Tree National Park's peculiar namesake plants are festooned with clumps of white and yellow flowers that are drawing tourists eager to take in the scenery before the bloom wilts in the harsh desert sun. “It's one of the most prolific blooms we've seen in recent years,” interpretive park ranger Bret Greenheck said. “The bloom peaked a week ago at lower elevations, but trees on higher groundare still producing flowers.” “Some biologists think Joshua Trees bloom like this in response to stressful conditions such as drought,” Greenheck said.
April 10, 2013 |
SEATTLE - The Washington attorney general has filed a consumer protection action against an eastern Washington florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, telling a longtime customer that it was “because of my relationship with Jesus Christ.” The lawsuit seeks $2,000 in fines for each violation and an injunction requiring Arlene's Flowers to comply with the state's consumer protection laws, which prohibit discrimination...