Life Style & Travel

Genetically Confused Plants Can Revert

UNITED STATES—‘Jewel Mix’ nasturtium starts out so colorful with various shades of yellow, orange and red, including rich reddish brown and almost white pale yellow. They happily sow their own seed to replace older plants. However, as new plants replace old, the variety of color diminishes. Brown and pale yellow are the first to go. Red then becomes scarce....

Delay Some Gardening Between Seasons

UNITED STATES—For gardening, this is one of those in between times of year, when summer chores are under control, but it is a bit too early for much of the work that will need to be done in autumn. Automated watering systems have already been adjusted for the longest and warmest days of summer, so will only need to...

Perennials Should Last Through The Years

UNITED STATES—A plant that is an annual lives less than a single year. One that produces vegetative foliar growth one year, and then blooms and produces seed the next year is a biennial. Technically, any other plant that lives any longer is a perennial. That certainly does not narrow down the definition much. Therefore, the term ‘perennial’ used in...

Number 1: Morning Exercise

HOLLYWOOD—David, a reader of the Grady Diet, recently wrote, “One thing I'd like to learn more about: exercise in the morning.  Could you give me a more detailed run-down on the specific exercises you do in your 20 minute pre-breakfast session?” Think about the part of your body that needs the most work, and build exercises around that. Parts of...

Gray Is Not Black And White

It is no coincidence that the deep dark green color of the foliage of Monterey Cypress is so similar to that of Monterey pine. Both inhabit coastal regions that are so often foggy that they need to absorb as much sunlight as possible. On harshly exposed hillsides where there is plenty of sunlight and not much competition with other...

Cary Grant: The Joys Of Moderation

HOLLYWOOD—No more dashing and didactic figure has haunted Hollywood than Cary Grant. Of the two screen actors Marlon Brando watched carefully, one was Cary Grant, the other Spencer Tracy. Alfred Hitchcock himself said, “If I could have chosen, in life I would have preferred to be Cary Grant.” Cary Grant wasn’t always Cary Grant, suave and debonair: he was Archibald...

Squirrels Fear The Unknown Too

UNITED STATES—It is embarrassing when my mother teaches me a practical gardening technique that I should have known about, especially if the particular technique is as simple and downright silly as what my mother does to protect ripening fruit from squirrels. A friend of hers suggested it; and it seems to be significantly more effective than the few fancier...

The Danger Of Statistics

HOLLYWOOD—Statistics are best used sparingly, if at all. A sanguine approach is to handle these mantras of the Western world with the care usually reserved for transporting of nitrogylercin. Statistics are equipoised, containing equal amounts of good and harm. Now here is a perfectly good statistics capable of raising hopes and modifying behavior in a beneficial way: “A large...

Taking It To The Streets

UNITED STATES—No matter how unique the individual gardens are, conforming street trees really unify a neighborhood. Streets of tract homes are typically planted with a common street tree that is complimentary to the architectural styles of the homes, and is complaisant to the difficulties of life at the curb. Neighborhoods of mixed architectural styles sometimes have difficulty finding a...

Sliding With Svetlana

  HOLLYWOOD—An army travels on its stomach, they say, and there are times after midnight when an army must be inside me. I break this tenet of my diet: to cease eating three hours before bedtime. It’s odd. Sleep’s magic wand casts a spell, and I’m an automaton, a zombie, my own free will relinquished, as it were, to dreams...
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