You'd think that Johanna would bring some serious Rocky Mountain credibility to the Westphoria team by being a Denver native, but forget it – she hates skiing, loathes Fat Tire, and basically has a fear of camping (a bear could eat me). Sorry, Colorado! She regains all cred by being a fully-transitioned Bay Area cliché–knowing how to slaughter a chicken, occasionally biking 40 miles to work, and not batting an eye while blasting the heat during a freezing San Francisco summer.
Like clockwork, ‘Memorial Day’ is in full bloom in our test garden. And while Lauren Dunec Hoang confessed to me that she loathes it (“Color, form, basically everything about it), I love it! It’s a robust, upright hybrid tea variety with a super sweet scent that makes for a long-lasting cut flower. Really—what’s not to love?
Westphoria explores the innovations and lifestyle trends of the 13 Western states, covering food, drink, design, arts and culture, and the dreamers who live here. To contact the editor, firstname.lastname@example.org