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By Ron Vanderhoff | July 30, 2010
Ten years ago, my daughter Kristin, then just 7 years old, and I were exploring Strybing Arboretum, the famous botanical garden in San Francisco. There, on a back wall were several enormous passion vines, with flowers of purple, blue, white, red and coral. My daughter was already fascinated with the amazingly intricate flowers, which to this day remain her favorite of all flowers. But on that summer day in San Francisco I went one step further. I plucked a ripe fruit from a Passiflora edulis and opened it. The fruity, tropical aroma was overwhelming and added another element to her passion flower addiction.
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By Ron Vanderhoff | February 11, 2011
"Dahlias are back in fashion," said the magazine title. The topic of garden fashion may not be high on your conscious agenda, but I'll bet you subscribe to more gardening trends than you may be aware of. Fifteen years ago, hydrangeas were only seen in grandma's or, maybe even, great-grandma's garden. Calla's were about as hip as knitting. Then, over the past 10 years, both of these seemed to spout up all over the neighborhood. Dahlias seem to be one of the next big plant trends.
NEWS
May 1, 2014
Police on Monday arrested a man for allegedly stabbing the caretaker of an elderly Costa Mesa woman while the victim was trying to prepare her food. The victim takes care of a woman in her 80s who lives on Ford Road with her daughter, who is in her 60s, according to police. The daughter's boyfriend, 53-year-old Lyndell Flowers, frequently argued with the victim, Costa Mesa police Det. Sgt. Ed Everett said. On Monday evening, the caretaker was in the kitchen when Flowers allegedly started yelling at him. At one point, Flowers pulled out a folding knife and said, "You don't think I'll do it?"
NEWS
August 24, 2012
JUNE L. PRESCOTT June Prescott 89, a resident of Corona del Mar, California for the last 43 years, passed away on August 22, 2012. June lived with courage, dignity, and grace. She is survived by her children, Robert Robison, Brad Prescott, of Corona del Mar, and Robbie Grange of Henderson, Nevada. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice.
NEWS
June 9, 2006
Which cut flowers need to be burned before they're put into water or a vase? Gail, Corona del Mar Some flowers exude a sap when cut, sometimes this is milky-white, but often it is clear. Common examples are poppies, tulips, zinnias, asclepias and poinsettias. For these to last longer in a vase it is best to sear them for a few seconds. Burn the cut stem ends right away with a lighter, match or candle flame, then plunge them immediately into cool water for a lasting display.
NEWS
September 30, 2010
Sam Simonoff, 83, of Newport Coast, passed away Sept. 24, 2010. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sam’s name to Hoag Hospital Foundation ( www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org ). He will always be in our hearts.    
NEWS
February 14, 2012
Red rose sales are on the rise this Valentine's Day, with florists Kathy and Jim Lyon of Artistic Florists working around the clock to meet holiday orders. "Everybody is excited," said Jim Lyon, co-owner of the Costa Mesa shop with his wife since 1973. "The economy is doing better, so we're seeing that it's certainly true this year that people are coming out and buying their sweethearts flowers. " Long-stemmed red roses are the top seller this year for the shop at 2925 College Ave. Orders begin trickling in as early as a month before, with the rush period really starting two weeks before the big day, Jim Lyon said.
NEWS
July 2, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Every summer at shopping centers, hotels and apartment buildings all over the city, there is a changing of the guards. Old flowers bow their heads to new ones in tribute to the new season. The bright petunias and snapdragons of summer appear in place of the azaleas and pansies of spring or the ferns and orchids of winter. "Everybody likes flowers," said Steve Mensinger, president of Arnel Management Co., which manages apartment complexes including The Cape and Wimbledon Glen at Metro Pointe, and South Point in South Coast Metro.
NEWS
February 11, 2011
Rosemary Ruth (Looschen) Cox died February 6 of pneumonia at her home in Costa Mesa.   She was born April 6, 1928 to Margaret (Murphy) and Paul Looschen.   She was the youngest of 3 children and was raised with her two older brothers, Mark and Paul, in Nebraska until she turned eighteen.   After she graduated from high school, she bravely took the train to Los Angeles to go to college and see the world beyond Nebraska.   She met Paul Cox at L.A. City College who she married in 1948.
NEWS
May 6, 2001
In the world of fragrance, lavender is royalty. Lavender is the basic ingredient for potpourris. Lavender is marvelous in scented soap. Lavender-filled sachets and pillows are sold to soothe body and spirit. These easy-to-grow, sun-loving plants are sorcerers of scent in your garden as well as in the house. Most varieties of lavender are easy to find in local nurseries and easy to grow at home. Planting this hard-working herb in your garden, window box or patio container is akin to having your own perfumery.
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