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By Steve Kawaratani | February 5, 2009
“Avoid being impatient. Remember, time brings roses.”   When it isn’t raining, February is one of the best months for planting. The soil is naturally moist, and temperatures are generally moderate in Laguna. Such conditions are ideal for root growth, ensuring a good start for trees, shrubs and lawns. Rose pruning should also be completed this month. Once done, immediately begin a fertilization program. Your recent questions for the Plant Man included: Q. What flowers look good now?
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | February 2, 2007
"I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way."  -- Margaret Thatcher "Boy, you're going to carry that weight." -- The Beatles I patiently waited for the rain to begin this week — rather than working in the garden. It's just an excuse to get my own way; munching on popcorn indoors is much more fun than raking up leaves. An entire day anticipating rain that arrived after daylight was spent. Another evening of angst, knowing that I could have spent time in my garden and shed some of the holiday excess.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | February 3, 2006
"I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way." -- Margaret Thatcher "Boy, you're going to carry that weight ... " -- the Beatles I patiently waited for the game to begin, rather than working in the garden. It was just an excuse to get my own way; eating Fritos indoors was much more fun than stripping the leaves off my mutabilis rose. An evening of angst followed, knowing that I could have spent time in my garden and shed some of the accumulation of holiday non-rationing.
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February 7, 2003
THE GARDEN FANATIC "I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way ... " -- MARGARET THATCHER "Boy, you're going to carry that weight ... " -- THE BEATLES I've been patiently watching for the rain to return rather than working in the garden. It's just an excuse to get my own way: Eating French Fries is much more fun than pulling weeds. Between storms, February is one of the best months for planting. The soil is naturally moist and temperatures are generally moderate in Laguna.
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By Steve Kawaratani | February 12, 2010
“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I’ve ever known.” February is one of the best months for planting. The soil is moist and temperatures are generally moderate in Laguna. These conditions are ideal for growth, ensuring a good start for trees, shrubs and lawns. Don’t forget to complete rose pruning this month and to send a dozen red ones to your sweetie this weekend. Q. Is it too late for bulbs? A. Spring bulbs, like callas, gladiolus, lilies and Lily of the Valley are available.
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By Kevin Naughton | June 5, 2009
I confess to having met Hortense Miller and Fred Lang — two Laguna Beach locals revered in gardening circles — only once; a brief meeting 20 years ago. Yet the circumstances around our encounter, what I brought away from it, have stayed with me, shaping the way I look at plants and, by extension, the world. Miller needed a bit of work done in her garden, which occupied a few acres of hillside terrain in North Laguna. Fortunately, it was only a small section that I was called upon to attend to. We met, and my first thought was how someone so old and frail could manage such a large and challenging garden.
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May 24, 2002
"There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation; the earth, heavens and whole world is thereunto subject." -- Sir Walter Raleigh "Turn and face the strange cha-cha changes. . . ." -- David Bowie "Isn't Winchester Cathedral a white flowered version of Mary Rose?" asked Catharine. Well, sorta I replied. It's a sport -- a spontaneous and random mutation that occurs on an established variety. Sports resemble their parent, but often have radically different flowers and/or growth habits.
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By Steve Kawaratani | February 12, 2010
“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I’ve ever known.” February is one of the best months for planting. The soil is moist and temperatures are generally moderate in Laguna. These conditions are ideal for growth, ensuring a good start for trees, shrubs and lawns. Don’t forget to complete rose pruning this month and to send a dozen red ones to your sweetie this weekend. Q. Is it too late for bulbs? A. Spring bulbs, like callas, gladiolus, lilies and Lily of the Valley are available.
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By Kevin Naughton | June 5, 2009
I confess to having met Hortense Miller and Fred Lang — two Laguna Beach locals revered in gardening circles — only once; a brief meeting 20 years ago. Yet the circumstances around our encounter, what I brought away from it, have stayed with me, shaping the way I look at plants and, by extension, the world. Miller needed a bit of work done in her garden, which occupied a few acres of hillside terrain in North Laguna. Fortunately, it was only a small section that I was called upon to attend to. We met, and my first thought was how someone so old and frail could manage such a large and challenging garden.
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By Steve Kawaratani | May 8, 2009
Loose layers of organic or inorganic materials that are placed on the soil surface are mulches. The cultural practice of mulching serves many purposes — a 2-inch-thick layer insulates the soil from rapid changes in temperature and conserves water for plantings in the process. It reduces competition from weeds, prevents unsightly mud from splashing onto foliage and flowers, protects falling fruit from injury and gives the garden a “finished” look. Almost anything that can be composted may be used for mulching.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | February 16, 2007
"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" -- Percy Bysshe Shelley "To be interested in the changing seasons is... a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." -- George Santayana The calendar indicates that we still have five weeks to wait until the official beginning of spring (we have completed 56 days of winter as of today). Subtle signs of the change in the seasons are appearing throughout town. Deciduous trees, like the sycamore and crape myrtle, are beginning to bud under cloudless, blue skies, and Catharine's Mutabilis rose has already begun to display its bountiful blooms.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | February 2, 2007
"I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way."  -- Margaret Thatcher "Boy, you're going to carry that weight." -- The Beatles I patiently waited for the rain to begin this week — rather than working in the garden. It's just an excuse to get my own way; munching on popcorn indoors is much more fun than raking up leaves. An entire day anticipating rain that arrived after daylight was spent. Another evening of angst, knowing that I could have spent time in my garden and shed some of the holiday excess.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | February 10, 2006
"To be interested in the changing seasons is ... a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." -- George Santayana "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" -- Percy Bysshe Shelley The calendar indicates that we still have six weeks to wait until the official start of spring (we have completed 41 days of winter as of today). Nearly three weeks have gone by since it last rained. Subtle signs of the change in the seasons are appearing throughout Laguna.
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