History of Snail Problem in California

 History of Snail Problem in California If you happen to be a local oenologist — a winemaker, that is — the name of Antoine Delmas could well be near and dear to your heart.  If you happe...

Heirloom Tea Roses

It’s really a shame that gardeners, like everyone else, have just one life to live.  For focusing on bringing more beauty into the world, you would think that gardeners deserve two or three lives at ...

What to do About Aging Ivy

“For years ivy has flourished on our hillsides.  This year, most of the ivy on the hillsides has died or withered and weeds  have overtaking the ivy.   The ivy is about 50 years old and receives full...

Ask Me How

Rarely do you encounter someone who is the essence of goodness but Dan McCollister, in my humble opinion, is such a person.  There is also an undeniable genuineness about him and the fact that he com...

Australian Natives

If you take a map of the world and draw a horizontal line through Los Angeles, you will eventually reach southwestern Australia.  Any plant that grows there can grow here, too.  The sea- bordering, s...

Of Cabbages and Kings

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: . . . of cabbages and kings.” (from Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll) It is no wonder that cabbages make an appearance ...

Citrus Colors

Did you ever wonder why limes are green and every other type of citrus fruit is either orange or yellow?  The reason for this, I recently learned, is that limes (and lime trees) are the most cold sen...