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5 garden tips for the week starting June 17

By Jack Christensen|

The grate outdoors: For backyard kitchens, the sky’s the limit

Whether you grill, barbecue, smoke or saute, cooking outdoors seems to add a special flavor to whatever is being served. With the summer grilling season here (July is National Grilling Month, after all) consider the options, such as taking your ...

By Suzanne Sproul|

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    How to get a plant that offers year-round color to start blooming

    Question: I have been puzzled as to why one of my Anthurium plants will not bloom! I have one that puts out so many “flowers” and is beautiful. They are a light pink color. The other one had red blooms or “flowers” when it was given to me but has never bloomed since. I have them both in front of my window where they get plenty of morning sun. The leaves look just a tiny bit different on each plant. Is there something I’m doing or NOT doing to get the...

    Joshua Siskin
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  • Home & Garden

    Spring garden event showcases brilliant outdoor design options

    Whether you love traditional design, vintage, modern Moroccan or California coastal, there’s a backyard garden style just for you. Nowhere was that more evident than at the recent 28th annual Southern California Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza. Ten examples of garden vignettes showcased what can be done with new products, new techniques and maybe most important, new inspiration. Some of the Plaza’s home stores collaborated with landscape designers and...

    Suzanne Sproul
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  • Home & Garden

    Gardening: Common myrtle has so much going for it

    When it comes to shrubs, the common myrtle is about as close to perfection as it gets. It was not by chance that, for the ancients, its diamond-shaped leaves represented the all-seeing eyes of wisdom. Its fruit is edible and, in its native lands, turned into a liqueur. It is tolerant of all soil types and will handle a freeze just fine, being an appropriate selection for Antelope Valley gardens. How wise is the myrtle? No plant native to a dry climate has leaves with a more...

    Joshua Siskin
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  • Home & Garden

    Seed libraries play a growing role in the future of crops

    Check it out: Seed libraries are sprouting up all over Southern California. The intent is to promote gardening and to “plant-it-forward” by preserving seeds either native to Southern California or ones adapted to its environment. One of the newest is the San Bernardino County Regional Seed Library at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair. Here, visitors learn how to obtain seeds for flowers, fruits, vegetables and more. A key component is...

    Suzanne Sproul
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  • Home design

    Design’s the limit: Pasadena Showcase has winning ideas to try in your own home

    Can a makeover add new life to an old house? Yes, when you have the skill and vision of the designers who volunteer each year to bring their creativity to the Pasadena Showcase House of Design event. Now celebrating its 53rd year, the nonprofit Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts organization uses the Design event to raise money for community music and arts programs — and the 2017 edition doesn’t disappoint. This year’s transformation brought a 1916...

    Suzanne Sproul
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  • Home & Garden

    How to find a vision to transform the backyard into a neat retreat

    Turning an untamed jungle into a habitable outdoor space may take years, especially when you do the work yourself. But if you have a vision of orderliness and a simple color scheme, you can slowly fashion out of chaos a calm and inviting personal retreat. Such is the achievement of George Hernandez and his wife, who live in Chatsworth. Designed by the two of them, with Hernandez providing most of the labor, their backyard Shangri-La was seven years in the making. Judging by the before...

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  • Home maintenance

    Why people are spending more on home improvement projects

    Homeowners are spending nearly 60 percent more on home improvement projects than a year ago, despite a climate of economic and political uncertainty. That’s the upshot of HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Report. Key findings show that homeowners tackled more projects between February 2016 and February 2017 than in the same period a year earlier. Overall, they...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Home & Garden

    Gardening: These plants have only one goal — and they give it their all

    For those of you who are into botanical trivia, see if you can answer the following existential (having to do with life and death) question: What do carrots, radishes, lettuce, agaves, fishtail palms, aeoniums, annual flowers, bananas, zinnias, sunflowers, tillandsias, bromeliads, bamboo, wheat and rice have in common? Hint: When a certain event occurs in the life of any of these plants, it’s a signal that another event is sure to come in the not too distant future. Well,...

    Joshua Siskin
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  • Public health

    The world’s deadliest animal lives in your back yard

    The blood-lusting killers attack in the darkest hours, after you’ve gone to bed or early in the morning. If they were zombies or vampires, you would fear them. But these killers, which are very real, don’t get the respect or caution they deserve. Consider this: Since 2014, these creatures have passed along the potentially deadly West Nile virus to 1,311 people in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. How would you react if that number were connected...

    Keith Sharon
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  • Home & Garden

    Outdoor lights that delight: How to brighten up summer get-togethers

    Summer evenings — perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining — soon will be here. Whether it’s a family get-together for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, a graduation blowout bash or any other celebration, the backyard is a wonderful place to entertain guests. It’s a setting that allows for bringing people together on a more personal level without the need to keep everything super tidy. One décor element that’s practical, and also...

    Suzanne Sproul
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