Resendiz Bros. flowers part of award-winning Rose Parade float

Resendiz Bros. flowers part of award-winning Rose Parade float

For the second year in a row, a Tournament of Roses Parade float which included silverleaf flowers from Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers in Rainbow earned an award from the parade’s judges. The Resendiz Brothers nursery includes plants other than proteas, and petals from the leucadendron argenteum tree, also known as silverleaf or silvertree, were on […]

ORGANIC GARDEN PATCH

That was one spicy “hot-a” spell. Good thing we hesitated to plant before it occurred. Most things would have been fried. My tomatoes suffered, my peppers suffered and my wallet suffered from the water bill. Hopefully, the extreme heat spells are over. Just to be safe we are going to start the fall/winter garden with […]

Garden home tour features 220 CA ponds

The weekend of July 8 and 9, Southern California will be alive with thousands of visitors streaming into more than 220 homes spanning down Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside to San Diego as the region hosts the largest ever “Parade of Ponds” self-guided water garden home tour. This two-day event is the largest […]

County fire chief suspends open burning permits

Open burning has been suspended and will remain so during this period of hot, dry weather. There will be an ongoing review of weather and burning conditions to determine if the suspension can be lifted. Fire danger is very high, so suspending burning can reduce the chances of wildfire. Provided below are a few helpful […]

Cruising to ancient Ephesus

Ephesus or Efes, the Turkish spelling, is an ancient city located near the coast of the Aegean Sea. Mine was only a day trip, but it was a day that was rich with color, enhancing my life with unforgettable memories. It was a shore excursion, part of a more extensive cruise vacation that had begun […]

Christopher Pardell

With a sweep of Santa Margarita River views from their windows, Christopher Pardell and partner Kathy McNeeley live in a rustic contemporary home on two hillside acres. However, both are so deeply involved in art interests that they don’t find much time to sit around and enjoy the ever-changing scenery. More often they’ll be found […]

Black widow spiders: A cautionary tale

With the onset of the autumn season and chilly mornings and evenings that demand a warming fire in the fireplace, beware of the large black spider that may be lurking on the wood you’re carrying into the house. That spider may be the black widow, or Latrodectus mactans, considered to be the most venomous spider […]

Skinner spill forces temporary shutoff

A malfunction at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Skinner Treatment Plant forced a nine-hour shutdown of water deliveries June 22 and tested demand water management plans of nearby water agencies. Delivery to wholesale and retail agencies was cut in half during the shutdown, although the agencies had sufficient storage to impact water users. […]