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July 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Afghanistan's Taliban rulers ordered a complete ban on growing poppies, the plants from which heroin is made and a major crop in the Central Asian nation. It was not clear what prompted the order from the group's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar. The order, which was reported on Taliban-run Radio Shariat, came just two months before planting season for poppy growers in several provinces of Afghanistan, the world's largest opium-producing nation.
April 11, 1999 | NEDA RAOUF
Temporary guide signs have been posted at the exits of the Antelope Valley Freeway to direct traffic to the California Poppy Festival, which ends today, Caltrans officials said. The signs were installed at Avenues M, L and K at the northbound and southbound exits of the freeway to guide the estimated 50,000 people expected to attend. Motorists can expect travel delays because of the heavier-than-usual traffic, Caltrans officials said.
March 26, 1994 | From Associated Press
The poppy family (Papaveraceae) spans the globe from the Arctic to the tropics, but their flowers share a common quality. "The poppy is the most transparent and delicate of all blossoms. Other flowers rely on the texture of their surface for color. The poppy is painted glass; it never glows so brightly as when the sun shines through it," wrote John Ruskin 100 years ago.
April 11, 1992
The city of Lancaster will hold a Poppy Festival today, offering various activities in town and free shuttle-bus rides to the California poppy fields 15 miles away. The festival begins at 10 a.m. in Lancaster City Park with an Easter egg hunt, entertainment, game booths and tethered hot-air balloon rides. Buses to the 1,745-acre Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve will leave from a lot next to the park every half-hour, with the last returning shuttle bus departing the reserve at 3:30 p.m.
November 20, 2000 | GRACE E. JANG
The idea is that fire refines the golden hue of California poppies. In an annual effort to stimulate poppy growth, the Los Angeles County Fire Department will burn 33 acres of nonnative plants and seeds at the California Poppy Reserve on Tuesday, state park officials said. "The purpose . . .
DEAR SOS: About 10 or 11 years ago you published a wonderful pound-type cake from City Restaurant in L.A. It was made with butter and poppy seeds. I lost that recipe and would love to get it again. ADELE OHS Lancaster DEAR ADELE: This recipe, from Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger's restaurant of the '80s and early '90s, is simple to follow and really delicious. Don't lose it. Send requests to Culinary SOS, Food Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or e-mail to: cindy.
April 6, 1986 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms are writ ers/ photographers based in Laguna Beach.
California's state flower is making its annual appearance, popping into view across the Southland scene. One of the best displays of the golden California poppy is just north of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley. That's where you'll find a 2,000-acre park dedicated to the preservation of our Golden State flower. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is one of the few places where the brilliant orange wildflower still blossoms in a massive display.
July 6, 1997 | From Associated Press
An article about opium poppies got Harper's magazine banned from a federal prison in Florida. The high-toned literary magazine's April cover story, "Opium, Made Easy," chronicles author Michael Pollan's passage from innocent gardener to potential felon last summer as he learned how easily opium could be made from poppies growing in his yard.
April 16, 1988 | JOHN McKINNEY
The meaning of Matilija is unknown, but it may have been the Chumash word to describe the showy Matilija poppy, prized by the Indians for its medicinal qualities. The poppy's botanical name, Romneya coulteri , honors two Irish scientists and longtime friends, astronomer Romney Robinson and botanist Thomas Coulter. Coulter first collected this outstanding flower in 1831.
September 2, 1995 | From Associated Press
Most perennial flower plants are best divided or moved either in fall or early spring, but three beauties--Oriental poppy, bearded iris and Madonna lily--go dormant in summer and so are best multiplied now. If you have admired these flowers in a neighbor's garden, why not ask for a "start" of these plants for your garden? Sharing these plants not only will spruce up your flower garden but also will help rejuvenate your neighbor's old clumps of plants.
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