September 12, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN a while since the last celebrity sex-tape scandal, but hollywoodlife.com is reporting that folks at Vivid Entertainment are vetting a tape brought to their attention, allegedly starring "Fancy" rapper Iggy Azalea . Now she has 100 problems. Iggy's boyfriend, basketballer Nick Young , is not too happy about the news. "He hates it on so many levels," said a source. "If it is true, he doesn't believe that it is him in the video, he feels terrible for Iggy and what it would do to her career.
November 23, 2013 |
The shadows of our walking selves are huge and distorted, like giants moonwalking in a fun house. Who knew Jenkins Arboretum could be so entertaining on a mild afternoon in autumn? Its 46 acres are gently tucked into a residential neighborhood in Devon, not far from the Route 202 raceway, where everyone, it seems, considers speed limits optional. You can hear the traffic deep inside the garden, but the sound is nicely muffled, like the muted landscape of this quiet season and place.
August 7, 2011 |
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Behind every garden is a story, and Callaway Gardens, atop the slopes of Georgia's Pine Mountain, is no different. The backstory is that Cason Callaway, a Georgia textile magnate turned gazillionaire, once said that every child should see something beautiful before he was 6 years old so he would remember it all his life. Callaway then carved out 2,500 acres from cotton farms he owned that had been eroded by poor farming practices and created Callaway Gardens, a beloved Georgia landmark threaded with woodlands, pastures, golf courses, and spectacular gardens that defy generalizations.
June 18, 2010 |
Start deadheading, that is, removing spent flowers that are turning into seed pods. Lilacs and rhododendrons are much more presentable when deadheaded, and none of the shrub's energy is diverted to seed maturation. Columbine, Siberian iris and doronicum will self-sow if not deadheaded. Tall bearded iris stems invite rot and borers if not cut at the base. Repeated deadheading of annuals will keep them in blossoming mode, as opposed to seed-maturation mode. Fool your columbines into thinking it's 2011.
March 19, 2010 |
It might seem daunting to challenge yourself to ski on 80 days in the year you turn 80. But William F. Steele Jr. of Westtown did that, and more. "Last year, it was [on] the 93d day that he had his first skiing accident, ever, when we were at Squaw Valley" in California, his wife, Ellen, said. "He was going for 100" when he fractured his pelvis and two ribs, she said. On Feb. 21, Mr. Steele, 81, a Wilmington math teacher for more than 20 years and later an award-winning Chester County nurseryman, died of cancer at the Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
April 12, 2009 |
If it goes as it almost always does, then round about sunset today, in the sweet-scented, shadow-streaked Georgia dusk, in a horseshoe amphitheater formed by an enormous gallery, one man, bathed in golden April light, will stroke the final putt and as the ball clatters into the cup he will leap in exultation, or punch holes in the heavens, or, as Gentleman Ben Crenshaw did, bend over and clasp his hands to his head and weep and later say to the assemblage:...
May 7, 2004 |
With their thousands of flowers, the resplendent azalea bushes in the gardens at the Art Museum and Friends Hospital are justly celebrated. My eyes, though, are just as attracted to their smaller cousins, humble in size but bold in color, that decorate my Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Trips to the cleaners, bank, and my childrens' activities lose their winter-gray sameness when I travel in a Technicolor-bright world of magenta, orange, pink, red and white. The azaleas add a special sheen to out-of-the-ordinary events.
June 5, 2003 |
It's the end of spring planting season, and homeowners have been busy landscaping with the usual assortment of Asian yew bushes, Japanese maples and exotic azaleas. It's enough to make Jim Plyler cringe. Plyler owns a nursery in Chester County that sells only plants native to the eastern United States. To Plyler, whose thick hands and fingers seem made for turning earth with a shovel, it makes no sense to put something in the ground unless it belongs. "Why put this crazy assemblage of plants together that doesn't relate to here?"
May 15, 2003 |
The white azalea near the front door is blooming. After nine years in the region, I've come to expect a sequence of color in the rollout of a Delaware Valley spring. White is the last variety to open; lavender blooms first; hot red, pink, fuchsia and orange varieties flame out in between. Sprawling azaleas are preceded by tree-high waves of pale blossoms: red bud, weeping cherry, Japanese cherry, crabapple, magnolia, pink and white dogwood. A second wave washes in the purples of lilac, wisteria and paulownia.
October 27, 2002 |
Harold Sweetman associates the smell of carnations with his childhood; he even learned to walk in a greenhouse. So it is fitting that Sweetman - who grew up on a farm in southern Colorado - should manage Jenkins Arboretum, a public garden almost hidden away off a busy suburban road in Devon. As he guides the arboretum into the 21st century, Sweetman, the site's executive director, is playing a central role in a $3 million silver-anniversary fund-raising campaign launched this year.