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July 27, 1986 | BETSY BALSLEY, Betsy Balsley is food editor of The Times.
Backyard gardeners with a plot full of tomato plants are the lucky ones this time of year. When picked at the peak of perfection, a freshly harvested crimson tomato has an almost decadently delicious taste. The commercial fruit (although considered a vegetable, the tomato is botanically a fruit) rarely achieve the still-warm-from-the-sun flavor of home-grown specimens.
September 10, 1994 | KAREN DARDICK
Bougainvillea. It's hard to beat the bright or iridescent red, orange or newer pastel hues of this tropical vine. Bougainvillea is frost-tender and needs to be protected inland. Hard frost can kill canes, but frequently cutting back will regenerate the plant. Mandevilla. Produces large, showy flowers. One of the most popular is Alice du Pont. Glossy dark green leaves and flowers from early spring through fall make this a popular plant.
May 26, 2005
Re "Clambering for Attention" [May 12]: Can you tell us where we might be able to find the plant that's pictured, the Mexican flame vine? The vine sounds fabulous, and the colors are what we are looking for. Bobbe Kahn Dana Point Editor's note: If finding the vine at a local nursery proves difficult, Lili Singer advises ordering online. She suggests; scroll down to Senecio confusus.
The little vineyard looks like a place where a thousand starvelings have been crucified. In the late-November dusk, as storm clouds form a phantom mountain range above the adjacent hills, the young cabernet sauvignon vines seem dead. Their withered, brown arms are flung out along trellises and tied down with thin strips of green plastic. They vibrate in the hard wind. But they're not dead, just sleeping--exhausted, as might be expected of 3-year-olds who have had to work all summer.
September 27, 1992 | SUSAN HEEGER
A lot of the fun of John and Terry Poplawski's flower-filled street garden in Woodland Hills lies in trying to guess what unfolds beyond its vine-topped gate. So dense and colorful are the blooming heaps and drifts of the public beds that it's hard to think how the inner sanctum could be any more seductive.
March 26, 2006 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
IN retrospect, rock star was probably the worst possible career choice for Craig Nicholls, lead singer of the Australian power-pop rock group the Vines. As the group toured the world and moved 1.5-million copies of its 2002 debut album, "Highly Evolved" -- Britain's NME touted the Vines as the best thing since Nirvana and the band snagged the cover of Rolling Stone here -- Nicholls became prone to some erratic behavior.
June 13, 2004 | Christine N. Ziemba
Hollywood's players relish the dirt and the dish -- especially when it's about someone else. A recently launched blog,, serves up industry gossip to a craving populace, with a tone and a 'tude to match its New York roots. Before came online in early May, gossip hounds had slim pickings with the Los Angeles hearsay scene. Water-cooler wranglers had to rely on scans of the tabloids at Ralphs; wait for Ted Casablanca's tame Thursday rumor column, "The Awful Truth" on E!
April 24, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
George Shearing has been doing for so long what he still does for a living that those of us who have been monitoring him for most of that time now know pretty well what to look for during one of his visits. What is expected, and invariably delivered, is a canny admixture of superlative musicianship, several kernels of quasi-classical corn and intermittent portions of light verbal entertainment. Typically, Wednesday at the Vine St.
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