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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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  • Home maintenance

    Acrylic and copper add contemporary edge, beauty to any decor

    For those looking to add a bit of whimsy to their decor, consider two top trending looks — acrylic and copper. Acrylic, also called Plexiglass, was introduced in 1933 by the Rohm and Haas Co., and the material is used by Los Angeles-based contemporary designer Alexandra Von Furstenberg to create modern and fun furniture and accessories. The brand is AVF and features tables and colorful accent pieces such as bowls, boxes, vases and ice buckets. “Acrylic has a very...

    Suzanne Sproul
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  • Home & Garden

    Gardening: ‘Ballerina’ roses will dance right into your heart

    I’m in love with a ballerina — a ‘Ballerina’ rose, that is. ‘Ballerina’ is a hybrid musk rose and hybrid musks, for reasons beyond comprehension, are seldom seen in the nursery trade. Hybrid musks are shrub roses that produce abundant blooms from now until very late fall. Depending on variety, the fragrance of hybrid musk roses is mild to strong. Connoisseurs of scent claim that hybrid musk rose fragrance is unsurpassed among every other...

    Joshua Siskin
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  • Reality TV

    Claremont couple becomes reality TV stars flipping vintage Southern California homes

    You never know what you’ll get with an old house after peeling through layers of carpet, wallpaper and paneling, but Jessie and Tina Rodriguez love finding out. To the Claremont couple, it’s part puzzle and part their profession with a genuine love of old homes that motivates them. Their efforts to restore what time has taken away are what make up their HGTV television show, “Vintage Flip,” which begins its second season Thursday night with a 30-minute show...

    Suzanne Sproul
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  • Home building

    Developer to begin construction on townhome building in downtown Long Beach

    Developers of new apartments have lately found much to like about downtown Long Beach, but one firm says it’s building the first owner-occupied dwellings to open here in nearly 10 years. City Ventures, which has offices in Irvine, is on the verge of breaking ground on the company’s first-ever Long Beach project. The company calls its project Huxton, and a formal groundbreaking is set to take place Wednesday morning at its construction site in the 200 block of Elm Avenue,...

    Andrew Edwards
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  • Home & Garden

    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 & Garden

    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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