CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1996
A serene 10-acre retreat, set down like a paradox in the middle of Encino in a well-to-do-neighborhood. The grounds are lush with oaks and pines, roses and birds of paradise, fruit trees and isolated garden paths and duck pond.
HOME & GARDEN
November 16, 2006 |
SUNNY YEUNG, team manager for the undefeated Blue Blazers under-8 soccer squad, was handing out shiny, mahogany red treats during pregame warmups. "Have a date, Coach," she said to me. "They're from my tree." "These are jujubes," I said, recognizing the golf-ball-sized fruits from one of my favorite patio plants. "Dates grow on palm trees, not tree trees." "They're not dates?" she asked incredulously. "Then why do all the markets call them dates?" Why, indeed. Perhaps it's all in the name.
June 7, 2013 |
A couple of years ago, when Steve Jobs appeared before the Cupertino, Calif., City Council to discuss Apple's proposed new campus, he mentioned that the company had even hired a "senior arborist" from Stanford . Since then, the identity of that arborist has remained a mystery. But no more. Meet Dave Muffly, Apple's arborist and tree whisperer. Muffly is a well-known figure in the Silicon Valley tree community. Several folks I contacted were surprised that his identity had remained a secret for so long.
January 20, 2000 |
Things to do this week: Plant bare root vegetables. Roots of artichoke, asparagus and rhubarb are at nurseries this month, and it's an inexpensive way to plant them. You'll also find transplants of many winter vegetables, such as broccoli and lettuce, plus bulbs of garlic, onion and shallots. This is not a good month to sow seed in the garden because the chilly nights make germination difficult. Spray fruit trees again. Spray deciduous fruit trees--peaches in particular--for the second time this winter.
January 20, 2000 |
Things to do this week: * Plant bare root vegetables. Roots of artichoke, asparagus and rhubarb are at nurseries this month, and it's an inexpensive way to plant them. You'll also find transplants of many winter vegetables, such as broccoli and lettuce, plus bulbs of garlic, onion and shallots. This is not a good month to sow seed in the garden because the chilly nights make germination difficult. * Spray fruit trees again.
October 7, 2011 |
One of the rarest but greatest pleasures of farmers markets is encountering passionate collectors who sell a wide range of rare fruit varieties normally grown only at specialty sites such as germplasm repositories and agricultural experiment stations. There's no better example than Patrice Dreckmann of Rainbow Heights Farm & Nursery, who grows 50 varieties of muscat grapes and 43 varieties of figs just south of Temecula. Unlike most modern varieties of grapes, which are generally sweet and crunchy but have a mild, "neutral" flavor, muscat varieties have a distinctive floral aroma, much beloved by aficionados.
May 14, 1989 |
Here are some of the most popular landscaping design trends in Southern California: Mediterranean--The California interpretation tends to be an informal, cool oasis that often includes a courtyard and water. Hardscape: Courtyards, fountains, arches, wrought iron, tile, adobe, Slumpstone, light colors. Softscape: palm trees, succulents, fruit trees, bougainvillea, aloe, red-hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria) . Xeriscape--Features use of drought-tolerant plantings, not all native to this area, that still provide an overall lush appearance.