Today’s visit to Huntington Library Gardens was the most visually stunning ever! On previous visits, we either missed all the rose blooms or visited too early.

But today, we were lucky enough to catch the rose garden in it’s peak, with every single rose bush in blooming glory!






























And what varieties are these? oh please don’t ask. There were hundreds of varieties to write down!


Video – Spring Garden 2010. Welcome.

by Todd & Diane April 24, 2010
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Happy belated Earth Day. Here’s an invitation to our garden in Spring. Welcome to our green sanctuary.  

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Fresh Peas & Mint- Signs of Spring & Garden changes

by Todd & Diane April 14, 2010

What were once green, sprawling serpents have now reached  the peak of their pod-producing craze. The sugar-snap and snow peas have slowed down considerably and finally, we were able to keep up with them. Every morning for the past 2 months we had an espresso in one hand and went out to breakfast on the pea […]

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Kentucky Sidecar Cocktail- Cheers to tangerines!

by Todd & Diane April 3, 2010
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After reaching a triple dozen fruit trees in the garden, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  So many wonderful fruits and ensuing cocktails (among other things) have delighted the senses.  Yet there is one tree which brings particular pride to the WORC household. Our Algerian Tangerine tree (also known as the Clementine). Upon first planting,the […]

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Victory Garden Classes – led by Master Gardeners

by White On Rice Couple Garden March 16, 2010

  Most regular readers know we love our Victory Garden. If you are little unsure of how to create your own or want some great tips and ideas, the University of California’s Cooperative Extension is offer Victory Garden classes in 11 locations throughout southern California.  Here’s  an excerpt from their site: The Grow LA Victory […]

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Shrimp Stir Fry with Sugar Snap Peas – Snow & Sugar Pea Garden Monster – Jamie Oliver cookbook

by Todd & Diane March 15, 2010

There’s an uncontrollable beast on the North end of the garden and it actually comes in two forms: sugar snap peas and snow peas. Our spring peas are like serpants, clinging to everything they can get their tendrils on. Once they latch on, pea flowers shoot out and within 3-4 days, we have fresh peas […]

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Classic Blood Orange Margarita

by Todd & Diane March 4, 2010
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This is why we love late Winter/early Spring in southern California—–> Blood Oranges! It’s blood orange recipe season and our trees dropping their fruit is our signal that it’s time to eat or drink those precious blood oranges or else lose the precious stash to the squirrels. Oh, those darn squirrels love our citrus and […]

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Beet Greens and Goat Cheese Crostini- Eat your greens

by Todd & Diane February 25, 2010

Our biggest apologies to all you friends who are still frozen under snow or drenched with rain. This post isn’t to gloat about our wonderful sunshine and blue skies, but rather, it’s about reminding you to enjoy eating your beet greens. Although, it doesn’t hurt to brag about our warm weather to you all cause […]

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Rancho La Puerta Foundation & The Rain Women’s Organic Garden

by White On Rice Couple Garden February 7, 2010

One of the most emotional moments I had during my social media retreat at Rancho La Puerta spa was watching little children playing happily in a make shift play ground along the Tecate, Mexico river. The old swing-sets were rusted, but still working. The old car tires that were floating in the river of trash, […]

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Meyer Lemon Bars

by Todd & Diane February 5, 2010

We’ve been on a bit of a Meyer Lemon kick lately. First we had the Meyer Lemon Margaritas and now we’re inundating everyone with a Meyer lemon bar recipe. “What the hell?”  you may ask.  “Are these bastards just out to torture the population still stuck in the snow?” We can be a bit bratty, […]

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Rancho La Puerta gardens

by White On Rice Couple Garden February 3, 2010
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Walking through the garden grounds of Rancho La Puerta Spa and Resort is a stroll back in time. The raw simplicity, native vegetation and beauty of  the regions natural species are abundant throughout the property.  Even though non-native plants can be found popping up in different planters and hillsides, the majority of the gardens maintain […]

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Meyer Lemon Margarita

by Todd & Diane January 29, 2010
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I have a little confession.  I didn’t used to be very fond of Meyer Lemons.  In fact, a scratch and sniff of a Meyer lemon rind rekindled memories of small stink bugs that gathered in mini-swarms during the warm summer months on ranch where I first teethed. The bugs were small and innocent, yet when […]

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Radishes & peach blossoms are a sign of spring in So Cal !

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 27, 2010

first tender radishes of the season The itty bitty radishes are starting to firm up and take hold in the garden. Everytime the seedlings sprout up and start to dot the vegetable plots with their delicate leaves, we know Spring is lurking around the corner. Brilliantly colored radishes not only tell us that the weather […]

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New raised vegetable garden planters

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 17, 2010
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New raised garden beds with new seedings Over the last couple years some of our vegetable plots have started to struggle. Initially we heavily amended our suffocating clay soil and were able to get some initial herb plantings to take off.  Each spring we continued to amend and soften the soil and attempted to expand our cultivating repertoire to […]

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How to Grow a Lemon tree in a Pot

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 5, 2010
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Update: Visit our latest citrus joy: Kishu Mandarin Tree ! After a visit to Sorrento Italy in April of 2000, we were immediately smitten with all the wonderful lemon trees adorning the Italian coastline. All throughout Amalfi and Sorrento we saw gorgeous scenes of Sorrento lemon trees in terra cotta pots adorning house fronts, store […]

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Grow Kale as an edible and ornamental

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 3, 2010

Kale is often a forgotten green on both the dinner table and garden. Just one packet of kale seeds will provide enough kale to supply you till late spring! In warm weather regions starting kale is perfect now, just in time for spring. For colder regions, begin sowing your seeds as soon as spring begins […]

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Life on The Balcony Blog Container Gardening Event

by White On Rice Couple Garden January 2, 2010

If you haven’t already discovered Fern Richardson’s fantastic blog, then you’ll be in for a fabulous treat.

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Kabosu Citrus – Japanese lemons

by White On Rice Couple Garden December 6, 2009

Reiko, our lovely Japanese friend, brought over a huge bag of Japanese lemons and obviously, we were thrilled to get so many precious Japanese lemon fruits!! She called them Yuzu’s, a Japanese variety of lemon/citron. But after a closer look, taste, and examination, they look more like Japanese Kabosu. Kabosu and Yuzu are both very […]

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Yuzu Citrus – Japanese Citron Lemon

by White On Rice Couple Garden December 4, 2009

Yuzu is a Japanese citrus lemon that is valued for it’s highly aromatic rind. Because the yuzu is considered a citron, the juice is very minimal, thus often expensive.  Outside of a few Asian cuisines and particularly in Japanese cultural circles, yuzu is seldom grown or used because it’s rather rare. Used in both green […]

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Persimmon Tree’s Overwatering & loss of fruit/flower

by White On Rice Couple Garden December 1, 2009

Our persimmon tree is on it’s last batch. With about 1o huge fuyu persimmons left on the tree, we’re taking our time and savoring every single fruit.

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