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June 14, 2002
"People are never free of trying to be content." -- Murray Bookchin "Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it." -- Russell Baker The middle of June brings graduations, visitors and relatives from out of town and booth construction at the festivals. Traffic is on the rise, flags are waving, and Saint Catherine's (not to be confused with my Catharine) is hoping that divine intervention won't be required for approval of its project.
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June 18, 2004
THE GARDEN FANATIC "If you plant it, they will come." -- WITH APOLOGIES TO "FIELD OF DREAMS" "Walking in my footsteps ... " -- STING Although the daylight hours are still increasing, the days of June are dwindling rapidly. Where have they gone? My calendar has been filled with work, art openings, political fundraisers, story pole musings, my mother and sister's birthdays and, of course, gardening responsibilities. Catharine and I planted a lawn this year, ever hopeful that one day it will be the site of her lap pool.
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By ELISABETH M. BROWN | August 11, 2006
"Menace from the sky" is not the title of a science-fiction thriller, but it could be a horror story for shrub communities in the Western United States. Acid rain is a familiar story — not well-known is that the oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from smog fall out of the sky as tiny particles and fertilize the vegetation underneath. In some areas, more nitrogen falls from the sky than farmers apply as fertilizer to agricultural fields. This is probably not a problem for crops, as our domesticated plants are bred to take advantage of fertilizer.
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March 18, 2005
STEVE KAWARATANI "The other man's grass is always greener." --Petula Clark "If you plant it, they will come." --with apologies to "Field of Dreams" Spring is almost upon us. And it follows that daylight hours are increasing and winter storms become consigned to memory. Catharine and I enjoy our lawn, as do our cats, Tiger and Ollie. The resident raccoon and skunk dig through the turf, in search of a late evening snack ... while doves and finches drop seed from their feeders, which germinate into weeds.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | May 29, 2009
The anticipation of an early summer has yet to be realized, though May is waning. But with daytime temperatures currently hovering below 70 degrees and the humidity thick at 90%, flowering plants are obliged to continue their brilliant display of spring blooms throughout Laguna, village of eternal springtime. The sustained overcast weather offers a challenge for Catharine and her tomato. The inconsistent sunlight has encouraged both mildew and fungus gnats. Ever horticulturally resourceful, Catharine waters to maintain an even level of soil moisture, rather than on a time schedule.
NEWS
By STEVE KAWARATANI | March 2, 2007
"The master's eye is the best fertilizer." -- Pliny the Elder For like as herbs and trees bringen forth fruit and flourish in Spring … -- With apologies to Sir Thomas Malory One of the joys of being a gardener is preparing for the onset of spring. In my case, my initial experiences were tepid at best... not due to a deficiency in aptitude, but rather for lack of time and too many other competing interests. However, the lessons of horticulture were not completely wasted on me. My pulse begins to quicken with the anticipation of March … to taste the first strawberry from the garden; savoring Catharine's joy in seeing seven new spikes on her prized cymbidium orchid; and spotting Mary Kate refining her own emerging Eden.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "A garden is the purest of human pleasure." -- Francis Bacon "A single rose can be my garden ..." -- Leo Buscaglia May has brought challenging pleasure to my ever-evolving garden. The mornings have alternated between hot and overcast. The need to sufficiently water has encouraged both snails and slugs (I tread carefully as not to walk on someone's pet) and fungus gnats in my driveway lawn. No matter the morning's inclination, gardeners have been faced with a blazing hot afternoon sun that requires sustained watering of new plantings, while protecting plants and themselves from sunscald.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | August 3, 2007
"I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower ..." ? Andre Gidé "What a day for a daydream..." ? John Sebastian I enjoy designing gardens, and although my own garden is not by any stretch of the most elastic imagination Eden, it is to my own personal paradise. While gardening, I am free to plan and do as I please, and the pleasure of working outdoors is only matched by the pleasure of daydreaming. In minutia, I conjure garden ideas of transplanting this or growing that, musings of cathartic gardening that purge me of anxieties.
NEWS
August 5, 2005
Steve Kawaratani o7I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower ... f7 --Andre Gide o7What a day for a daydream...f7 --John Sebastian I enjoy designing gardens, and although my own garden is not by any stretch of the most elastic imagination, Eden; it is to me, my own personal paradise. While gardening, I am free to plan and do as I please, and the pleasure of working outdoors is only matched by the pleasure of daydreaming.
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August 2, 2002
THE GARDEN FANATIC "I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower ... " --Andre Gide "What a day for a daydream ... " --John Sebastian I enjoy designing gardens, and although my own garden is not, by any stretch of the most elastic imagination, Eden, it is to me, my own personal paradise. While gardening, I am free to plan and do as I please, and the pleasure of working outdoors is only matched by the pleasure of daydreaming.
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By Steve Kawaratani | May 29, 2009
The anticipation of an early summer has yet to be realized, though May is waning. But with daytime temperatures currently hovering below 70 degrees and the humidity thick at 90%, flowering plants are obliged to continue their brilliant display of spring blooms throughout Laguna, village of eternal springtime. The sustained overcast weather offers a challenge for Catharine and her tomato. The inconsistent sunlight has encouraged both mildew and fungus gnats. Ever horticulturally resourceful, Catharine waters to maintain an even level of soil moisture, rather than on a time schedule.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | August 3, 2007
"I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower ..." ? Andre Gidé "What a day for a daydream..." ? John Sebastian I enjoy designing gardens, and although my own garden is not by any stretch of the most elastic imagination Eden, it is to my own personal paradise. While gardening, I am free to plan and do as I please, and the pleasure of working outdoors is only matched by the pleasure of daydreaming. In minutia, I conjure garden ideas of transplanting this or growing that, musings of cathartic gardening that purge me of anxieties.
NEWS
By STEVE KAWARATANI | March 2, 2007
"The master's eye is the best fertilizer." -- Pliny the Elder For like as herbs and trees bringen forth fruit and flourish in Spring … -- With apologies to Sir Thomas Malory One of the joys of being a gardener is preparing for the onset of spring. In my case, my initial experiences were tepid at best... not due to a deficiency in aptitude, but rather for lack of time and too many other competing interests. However, the lessons of horticulture were not completely wasted on me. My pulse begins to quicken with the anticipation of March … to taste the first strawberry from the garden; savoring Catharine's joy in seeing seven new spikes on her prized cymbidium orchid; and spotting Mary Kate refining her own emerging Eden.
NEWS
By ELISABETH M. BROWN | August 11, 2006
"Menace from the sky" is not the title of a science-fiction thriller, but it could be a horror story for shrub communities in the Western United States. Acid rain is a familiar story — not well-known is that the oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from smog fall out of the sky as tiny particles and fertilize the vegetation underneath. In some areas, more nitrogen falls from the sky than farmers apply as fertilizer to agricultural fields. This is probably not a problem for crops, as our domesticated plants are bred to take advantage of fertilizer.
NEWS
By: STEVE KAWATATANI | August 26, 2005
o7When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his columns were read'. f7 -- with apologies to Hillaire Belloc o7To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. f7 -- Elbert Hubbard One of the pleasures of being a gardener is greeting fellow gardeners in town. From the Farmer's Market to the village streets, conversations invariably move directly to the latest control for worms or exchanging tales on the quantity and quality of tomatoes harvested.
NEWS
August 5, 2005
Steve Kawaratani o7I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower ... f7 --Andre Gide o7What a day for a daydream...f7 --John Sebastian I enjoy designing gardens, and although my own garden is not by any stretch of the most elastic imagination, Eden; it is to me, my own personal paradise. While gardening, I am free to plan and do as I please, and the pleasure of working outdoors is only matched by the pleasure of daydreaming.
NEWS
March 18, 2005
STEVE KAWARATANI "The other man's grass is always greener." --Petula Clark "If you plant it, they will come." --with apologies to "Field of Dreams" Spring is almost upon us. And it follows that daylight hours are increasing and winter storms become consigned to memory. Catharine and I enjoy our lawn, as do our cats, Tiger and Ollie. The resident raccoon and skunk dig through the turf, in search of a late evening snack ... while doves and finches drop seed from their feeders, which germinate into weeds.
NEWS
June 18, 2004
THE GARDEN FANATIC "If you plant it, they will come." -- WITH APOLOGIES TO "FIELD OF DREAMS" "Walking in my footsteps ... " -- STING Although the daylight hours are still increasing, the days of June are dwindling rapidly. Where have they gone? My calendar has been filled with work, art openings, political fundraisers, story pole musings, my mother and sister's birthdays and, of course, gardening responsibilities. Catharine and I planted a lawn this year, ever hopeful that one day it will be the site of her lap pool.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "A garden is the purest of human pleasure." -- Francis Bacon "A single rose can be my garden ..." -- Leo Buscaglia May has brought challenging pleasure to my ever-evolving garden. The mornings have alternated between hot and overcast. The need to sufficiently water has encouraged both snails and slugs (I tread carefully as not to walk on someone's pet) and fungus gnats in my driveway lawn. No matter the morning's inclination, gardeners have been faced with a blazing hot afternoon sun that requires sustained watering of new plantings, while protecting plants and themselves from sunscald.
NEWS
August 2, 2002
THE GARDEN FANATIC "I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower ... " --Andre Gide "What a day for a daydream ... " --John Sebastian I enjoy designing gardens, and although my own garden is not, by any stretch of the most elastic imagination, Eden, it is to me, my own personal paradise. While gardening, I am free to plan and do as I please, and the pleasure of working outdoors is only matched by the pleasure of daydreaming.
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