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Torrance finally gets serious about a historic preservation law

Seven years and tens of thousands of dollars after Torrance first began debating a historic preservation ordinance, the city is finally moving to get a plan off the ground. The

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    Nature’s art: How to create interior design pieces from what’s in the garden

    Don’t limit yourself to the backyard when it comes to being green. While most gardeners are spending lots of hours outdoors this time of year, some are opting to bring the outside in. Author Willow Crossley offers step-by-step guides for doing just that, along with ideas for 50 projects in her book “The Art of Living with Nature” (CICO Books). Working with photographer Emma Mitchell, she’s elevating the status of gardens and says that art can even be...

    Suzanne Sproul
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  • Home & Garden

    Yucca trees call the Southwest and Mexico home, so they grow wonderfully here

    What do a yucca tree, a tangerine tree and a hellebore have in common? Not much, really, except that, if you live in the San Fernando Valley, you can grow all three of them in your own backyard. Yucca tree, tangerine tree and hellebore are mentioned together here because, within the span of several days, I received correspondence regarding each. Yuccas are native, primarily, to the American Southwest and Mexico, the origins of the tangerine tree are in Southeast Asia, and...

    Joshua Siskin
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  • Home & Garden

    5 garden tips for the week starting May 27

    Feeding time Feed citrus trees once again. Mature citrus trees need a yearly total of 1.6 pounds of actual nitrogen fertilizer, divided into four equal portions applied in late January, early March, late April and early June — about six weeks apart — and distributed around the drip line. Since 1 pound of any dry fertilizer equals about 2 cups, that is about 4 cups of ammonium sulfate, 2 overflowing cups of ammonium nitrate, or 1.5 cups of urea, each time you...

    Jack Christensen
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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 & 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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