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By Steve Kawaratani | August 24, 2007
?Listen, little Elia... and I?ll tell you a story.? ? F. Scott Fitzgerald ?I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic...? ??Simone Weil ? During a routine cleanup of our library, Catharine spotted ?100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names,? now 10 years old. Garden writer Diana Wells selected a number of her favorite flowers and explained how we came to know and love them. She recalls myth and legend, sex, war and conquest, hope, and botanical history?
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By Steve Kawaratani | July 17, 2009
Angel’s trumpets are New World and East Asian plants that possess beautiful, variously colored, trumpet-shaped flowers. The plant is ornamental, and although the leaves and seeds of certain species contain alkaloids with medical and narcotic properties, all should be considered poisonous. It is reputed that Indian thugs once used angel’s trumpet to poison their victims, and it was officially used to execute criminals in India. The Swedish botanist Linnaeus did not wish to use the “barbaric” Indian name of dhat for the plant, so he modified it to the Latin root of dare (to give)
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July 26, 2002
THE GARDEN FANATIC "Listen, little Eli ... and I'll tell you a story." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald "I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic ..." -- Simone Weil During a trip to Latitude 33, Catharine spotted "100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names" and brought it home for my perusal. Garden writer, Diana Wells, has selected a number of our favorite flowers and explains how we came to know and love them.
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By Steve Kawaratani | January 2, 2009
The beach at Crystal Cove has long been a favorite of mine — a walk that gives me great pleasure to share. It felt a bit strange to find myself walking alone past the refurbished bungalows; however, I felt invigorated and fulfilled. The rugged cliffs that separate the beach from the highway seem dry and taciturn at first. Study them a bit more carefully and the plants that cling tenaciously to the rocky face form a community. They protect the thin layer of soil from erosion and provide a safe haven and food source for small animals.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | August 1, 2006
"When one walks, one is brought into touch first of all with … essential relations … " "What's really important in life? Sitting on a beach!" The beach at Crystal Cove has long been a favorite of mine … a magical walk that I share with Catharine (who first introduced me to one of her special hideaways); our sons, Cooper and Austin; and close friends. Our visit last weekend was my preview of the recently renovated bungalows. I found myself navigating a packed beach, replete with happy families, sea birds and my scattered thoughts.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | December 2, 2005
"When one walks, one is brought into touch first of all with ... essential relations." -- Aleister Crowley "Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat." -- Beggar's rhyme The beach at Crystal Cove has long been a favorite of mine, a magical walk that gives me great pleasure to share with Catharine (who first introduced me to one of her special hideaways), our sons, Cooper and Austin, and close friends. I generally prefer company, so it felt strange to find myself walking alone past the distinctive, weather-beaten bungalows, unaccompanied save for a few joggers, seabirds and my scattered thoughts.
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By Steve Kawaratani | December 2, 2010
" When one walks, one is brought into touch with essential relationships of nature. " — Attributed to John Gustafson, retiring city official The question arises each holiday season: shop 'til you drop, or maintain a semblance of normalcy during a season of joy and expectation? The pent-up desire to spend has been difficult to restrain and although the Thanksgiving turkey had barely begun to digest: INCREDIBLE SALE BEGINS @ 3 A.M. TOMORROW! And can you believe it; shoppers were actually queuing up even earlier, to be at the front of the line.
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By Steve Kawaratani | July 17, 2009
Angel’s trumpets are New World and East Asian plants that possess beautiful, variously colored, trumpet-shaped flowers. The plant is ornamental, and although the leaves and seeds of certain species contain alkaloids with medical and narcotic properties, all should be considered poisonous. It is reputed that Indian thugs once used angel’s trumpet to poison their victims, and it was officially used to execute criminals in India. The Swedish botanist Linnaeus did not wish to use the “barbaric” Indian name of dhat for the plant, so he modified it to the Latin root of dare (to give)
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By Steve Kawaratani | August 24, 2007
?Listen, little Elia... and I?ll tell you a story.? ? F. Scott Fitzgerald ?I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic...? ??Simone Weil ? During a routine cleanup of our library, Catharine spotted ?100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names,? now 10 years old. Garden writer Diana Wells selected a number of her favorite flowers and explained how we came to know and love them. She recalls myth and legend, sex, war and conquest, hope, and botanical history?
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July 26, 2002
THE GARDEN FANATIC "Listen, little Eli ... and I'll tell you a story." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald "I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic ..." -- Simone Weil During a trip to Latitude 33, Catharine spotted "100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names" and brought it home for my perusal. Garden writer, Diana Wells, has selected a number of our favorite flowers and explains how we came to know and love them.
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