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November 4, 2012
Is there a lilac that can flourish in Southern California and still have the scent of East Coast lilacs? That was the question that came into our Garden Clinic from reader John A. Zaia of Arcadia. For an answer, we turned to someone well-versed in hot inland locales: Alan Uchida, third-generation nurseryman at Bellefontaine Nursery , which his family has run in Pasadena since 1939. Uchida's answer: Lilacs are wonderful performers in the Southland and can deliver fragrant blooms, even without an East Coast chill.
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NEWS
November 4, 2012
Is there a lilac that can flourish in Southern California and still have the scent of East Coast lilacs? That was the question that came into our Garden Clinic from reader John A. Zaia of Arcadia. For an answer, we turned to someone well-versed in hot inland locales: Alan Uchida, third-generation nurseryman at Bellefontaine Nursery , which his family has run in Pasadena since 1939. Uchida's answer: Lilacs are wonderful performers in the Southland and can deliver fragrant blooms, even without an East Coast chill.
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HOME & GARDEN
April 22, 2010 | Veronique de Turenne, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's nothing shy about spring in Descanso Gardens, that unexpected Eden tucked into the stony foothills of La Cañada Flintridge. Visit now and every inch of its 150 acres appears to be in bloom. From the small, spare flowers of the strawberry plants that hug the ground in the edible garden, to the showy swaths of azaleas and crab apples and camellias, the place is ablaze with color. Oaks and sycamores tower over the paths, a leafy canopy filled with birds. Bees hum. Dragonflies hover.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2012
"What Price Glory?" Raoul Walsh directed this 1926 service comedy based on Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stalling's play about two rival Marines (Edmund Lowe and Victor McLaglen) in France. "The Big Parade" King Vidor's seminal and influential 1925 drama set in France starring John Gilbert and Renée Adorée. It was the highest-grossing silent film. "Lilac Time" Silent superstar Colleen Moore plays the daughter of a French farmer who falls in love with a handsome young English aviator (Gary Cooper)
MAGAZINE
March 30, 1986 | ROBERT SMAUS, Robert Smaus is an associate editor of Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge is best known for its camellias--it inherited 80 acres of them along with the estate of newspaper publisher Manchester Boddy. But for several years, Descanso has also been furiously planting other spring-blooming things, from trees to bulbs, and each year the garden grows more glorious. It has become, perhaps, the best springtime garden in California.
HOME & GARDEN
March 8, 1997 | KAREN DARDICK
Jeff Bohn of Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano and Steve Carr of Hines Nursery in Irvine recommend these: * Syringa vulgaris, common lilac * 'Angel White,' pure white * California Rose, pink lavender * 'Lavender Lady,' lavender * 'Sylvan Beauty,' rose lavender * Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Yankee Point,' medium-blue ground cover, spreads to 6 feet * C. 'Concha,' deep blue flowers, 4- to 6-foot shrub * C. g. 'Louis Edmunds,' clear blue flowers, 4- to 6-foot shrub * C.
MAGAZINE
January 18, 1987 | GEORGE HARMON SCOTT and BILL SIDNAM
'Lavender Lady' is a true lilac developed by Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge to do well in our mild, Southern California winters. These often large, bulky shrubs can now be found at many nurseries, sometimes even bare-root. Other Descanso lilac hybrids for our climate are available in purples, blues and whites. Bare-root strawberries are in the nurseries now. Consider using these plants for their decorative value, as well as for their fruit.
REAL ESTATE
May 17, 1998 | ROBERT SMAUS, TIMES GARDEN EDITOR
It seems that lilacs do grow, and flower, in Southern California. A few weeks ago, while writing about other back-East plants, I mentioned that I had never seen a handsome, healthy lilac, outside of the chilly high desert or Descanso Gardens, which is situated in a cool canyon bottom dotted with oaks.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 1996 | JOHN HENKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Broad national recognition may have come late to George Walker, but it did not arrive undeserved. The 74-year-old composer, creator of a distinguished and distinctive body of work, this year became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. Saturday evening "Lilacs," the prize-winning piece, received its West Coast premiere, courtesy of the Carson-Dominguez Hills Symphony Orchestra and attended by the composer.
NEWS
April 18, 1987 | ELLEN MELINKOFF
Lilacs are a back-East flower. Those of us from colder climes wax nostalgic about springtime and lilacs, remembering bushes weighted with plumes of the exquisite purple flowers that bloom only for a few short weeks in spring. Those skimpy bunches that local florists sell cannot fill the gap, we say. Lilac lovers, rejoice. This weekend, perhaps through next weekend, armloads of locally grown lilacs are available, at bargain prices, to anyone willing to take a country drive.
HOME & GARDEN
April 22, 2010 | Veronique de Turenne, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's nothing shy about spring in Descanso Gardens, that unexpected Eden tucked into the stony foothills of La Cañada Flintridge. Visit now and every inch of its 150 acres appears to be in bloom. From the small, spare flowers of the strawberry plants that hug the ground in the edible garden, to the showy swaths of azaleas and crab apples and camellias, the place is ablaze with color. Oaks and sycamores tower over the paths, a leafy canopy filled with birds. Bees hum. Dragonflies hover.
HOME & GARDEN
January 3, 2009 | Nan Sterman
Olive green above, dusky purple below -- these are the leaves of Arabian lilac, an evergreen shrub that provides year-round color in the garden. Arabian lilac (Vitex trifolia 'Purpurea') is not a true lilac but, rather, a cousin to the chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus), a Mediterranean native. The term "lilac" comes from those purple-bottomed leaves, pleasantly fragrant and occasionally divided into three ovals ("trifolia" means "three leaves").
TRAVEL
October 21, 2007 | Lark Ellen Gould, Special to The Times
The bloom is long off the rose in most parts of the country, but the impending breath of winter is but a poetic possibility in Las Vegas, where anything that can be conceived can happen. Lilacs in February? No problem. Crocuses in July? Done. If it can grow in a pot and hold a brilliance of color in its petals and shoots, it will find its way to the Bellagio's botanical conservatory. When Steve Wynn opened the multibillion-dollar resort in October 1998, the sky was the limit.
HEALTH
August 20, 2007 | Karen Ravn, Special to The Times
When Verizon introduced its Chocolate cellphone last summer the seductive aroma of chocolate wafted through its northeast stores, and customers sniffed out a good deal. In 2006, when ScentAndrea, a scent marketing company in Santa Barbara, put chocolate scent strips on 33 vending machines in factory break rooms in Ventura (plus a sign that said it was Hershey's candy people were smelling) the brand's sales tripled.
MAGAZINE
April 24, 2005 | Susan Heeger
For certain Angelenos, the lure of lilacs is almost indescribable. Here we are in a city festooned with bougainvillea, our gardens fat with exotic gardenias and plumerias. Yet what we long for sprawls against grandmother's wooden fence in Michigan or Pennsylvania. It's a humble thing, "this bush in the dooryard, with delicate-color'd blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green," as Walt Whitman put it.
HOME & GARDEN
December 2, 2004 | Emily Green, Times Staff Writer
The standing joke about Southern California is that it has no seasons. Gardeners know better. We have seasons, just not in the same order as the rest of the country. Here, winter is the sweetest season. Take last Sunday. The skyline was wind-swept, air rain-washed, the night chilly, day balmy. For the next three months, the California climate is not just the kindest to us, but also to the plants that evolved here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1990 | LINDA BLANDFORD
On the floor of Aliso Canyon, by the dry creek that is the Santa Clara River, the lilacs were flowering at the Blum ranch. A slash of peach blossom cut through the blue-green scrub of the San Gabriels. This is a place of peace, calmed by the old and weathered wood and the golden warmth of primeval boulders along the dust path. Elizabeth Blum Billet's grandfather homesteaded this land a century ago. He cleared the hard mountain to bring forth plenty.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Stephen Duffy always used to keep up with the times. The dedicated follower of fashion co-founded Duran Duran (he left before the band recorded) and then, as Tin Tin, stepped into the post-new romantic scene decked out in all the latest finery. But at Club Lingerie on Friday, fronting Lilac Time, he seemed content to let the times breeze by. OK, so the gentle sound he now favors is quite au courant.
HOME & GARDEN
February 19, 2004 | Emily Green, Times Staff Writer
To the rest of the world, it's Oscar season in L.A. For those of us who live here, there's a far better show in town. It's bird-nesting season. For the gardener, this poses an immediate responsibility: Do nothing. Stop pruning. Still the buzz saws. Put down the shears. This is the time to stop hacking at shrubs and trees and to marvel at the array of life that sets up within them. After that, you're on your own.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2001 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a deft, strong flip of her wrist, Elizabeth Billet wrenches a branch from a 7-foot-tall lilac bush, then instinctively sniffs the aroma of the heavy red-purple buds just barely hinting to unfold. Dwarfed in the hedgerow acres of lilacs planted by her father and grandfather more than half a century ago, Billet surveys the cloud cover and predicts these will be ready in a few days, popping out with the warming rays of the sun.
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