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December 6, 1997 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
We don't have snow to mark our holiday season, but we have something else--Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera). These eye-catching cactuses--with their orchid-like flowers and flat, jointed, scallop-edged leaves--light up the outdoors and indoors every Thanksgiving through early January. Native to the jungles of Brazil, where they grow on trees, some Christmas cactuses make good hanging-basket plants, while others are upright growers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1999 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
Not certain that life was worth living before antibiotics and the clothes dryer, I'm the kind of woman who thinks a new dishwasher is a more romantic gift than long-stemmed roses. That world view was reinforced recently when I drove to Tujunga to check out an exhibit at the Bolton Hall Museum on "A Woman's Life in Early Sunland-Tujunga." There to greet me was Mary Lou Pozzo, librarian and former president of the Little Landers Historical Society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1996 | RUSS LOAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The arrival of spring stirs the passions of John Lenanton, who for 26 years has guided the horticulture program at Orange Coast College. But with spring come mixed emotions for the British-born plant expert, who believes the English reverence for things that grow has been hard to instill in the "mow, blow and go" culture of Orange County.
HOME & GARDEN
August 24, 1991 | PATRICK MOTT
It must be possible to become a trade show junkie, in much the same way TV addicts are drawn irresistibly to the Home Shopping Network, but you'll need a good pair of walking shoes and the sort of laissez-faire world view that allows for encounters with people like the bug exterminator with the free taffy.
HOME & GARDEN
August 5, 2004
Is it a lamp or a bench? Or maybe a big-honking plastic golf club? Designer Ross Lovegrove's bench-lamp looks like all three. Dubbed the BdLove Lamp, it was originally designed as a series of works for public spaces. The plastic bench, which comfortably seats two, features a tall, needle-shaped light that is bound to be a conversation piece for any backyard. Priced at $1,874, it is available in beige, white, green and blue. It comes with a one-year warranty on the fixture.
HOME & GARDEN
August 10, 1996 | KAREN DARDICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With so many palm trees soaring above the Southern California landscape, it seems a natural assumption that they're indigenous. But it was settlers from Mexico who brought with them Washingtonia robusta, popularly called Mexican fan palm. With their thin trunks, they soar and sway to heights of 60 feet to 100 feet at maturity and today are the most common in the region.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2011 | By Lew Sichelman
Would you pay $51 to get a $1,699 stainless-steel refrigerator when you buy a house from a major builder in Tampa, Fla.? How about paying $30 to receive $1,000 cash back at closing when you purchase a home through Prudential Carolina Sun Real Estate in Charleston, S.C.? Or $48 for $1,200 toward the design and installation of solar panels in Metairie, La.? All of these are real-life examples of group coupons offered through HouseTipper, a collective buying platform aimed at the housing and home-and-garden sectors.
NEWS
July 22, 1994 | SUSAN HEEGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Susan Heeger writes regularly about gardening for The Times.
Summer in the San Fernando Valley might be ideal for pool hopping, mall crawling or frying an egg on the sidewalk, but it's murder on the average fuchsia. As the mercury ticks past 90 and the Santa Anas start ripping, local gardens can literally dry up and blow away if nobody's watching. Hot-weather garden vigilance often means more watering and more mulching, as well as introducing shade where it's needed to cool things down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2010 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Fantasy often mixes with reality in the work life of Deputy Sheriff Robert Hamilton of Humboldt County, the center of California's marijuana outback. It happened again a few months ago in the isolated coastal resort of Shelter Cove, where Hamilton lives and patrols. The deputy came upon nine young men tending a marijuana plantation. They said they'd come from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and Ohio. They'd rented a few apartments, then bought a half-acre of hillside.
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