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By STEVE KAWARATANI | May 11, 2007
"Beauty...is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all." -- W. Somerset Maugham The delicate shapes and colors of roses are unique among flowers of the world. For this reason, many believe they are frail and readily predisposed to pest and disease. This is simply not so. Roses are no more susceptible to garden problems than most other flowering shrubs. Roses are tolerant, hardy plants, but a constant application of pesticides won't make a healthier plant.
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By Steve Kawaratani | May 21, 2010
“Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.” — Matthew Prior Roses are tolerant, hardy plants, but experience has shown that constant applications of pesticides won’t make a healthier plant. Roses require the basics of sunlight, well-prepared soil, water and fertilizer. Your mission (if you choose to accept it) is control, not elimination, of pest and disease. Your final questions to the Plant Man included: Q. My rose is growing great leaves, but I haven’t seen a flower yet. A. Some rose varieties will concentrate their energies into growth the first year and flower little, particularly if they received heavy dosages of nitrogen.
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By Steve Kawaratani | July 24, 2009
“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” One of the joys of being Buster’s doggy daddy is meeting fellow dog walkers in town. From Main Beach to the village streets, our conversations invariably move directly from how cute our dogs are to the quantity and quality of tomatoes harvested. It’s not that we’re struck solely by the lure of gardening, but the lore is equally important. After the rush of June blossoms, it is often difficult to maintain color from shrubs, which often become quite drab by late July.
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By Steve Kawaratani | February 5, 2010
“Walk in the rain, jump in mud puddles, collect rainbows and roses, smell flowers...” For those of you who had forgotten, February is the month for rain. With predictions of showers for the early part of this weekend, it appears that we are on track for the normal period of wetter weather. This is the prime time to plant bare root roses. Moist soil and our relatively warm winters will have those roses blooming prior to March. Your favorite nursery is offering their largest selection and best values of the year.
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By Steve Kawaratani | December 4, 2009
The Thanksgiving turkey had barely begun to digest for most of us last weekend, but the sense of urgency was clearly palpable in Laguna — retailers and restaurateurs hopefully preparing for the holiday season. Even the city and Chamber of Commerce were involved, getting the lights and decorations up early to inspire the citizenry. One can’t really blame anyone for being nervous. We are admittedly still mired in tough times that equate dollar signs to the Yuletide spirit.
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By Steve Kawaratani | May 15, 2009
I detect her perfume before I see her … my anticipation growing prior to our kiss. I am feeling lonely this morning, but not alone. I return to our roses, which fill the air with fragrance and our garden with color.   Q. How do I get rid of the aphids on my roses? A. The tender new growth and flowers of your roses are desirable targets for aphids. These insects are easy to control by using horticultural oil or an insecticidal soap product. For systemic control, use either Orthene or a rose care product that contains a systemic insecticide plus a balanced fertilizer Q. My rose is growing great leaves but I haven’t seen a flower yet. A. Some rose varieties will concentrate their energies into growth the first year and flower little, especially if they have received heavy dosages of nitrogen.
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By Steve Kawaratani | July 3, 2009
I am a ’50s child (in more than one way), born and raised in Laguna. I love our country and hold a lot of affection for Uncle Sam. Not only did he persuade me to purchase savings bonds, he was a special influence when I was younger, third only to Santa Claus and my father. Speaking of gifts, summer has dropped in again, with our gardens enjoying at least afternoon sunlight. The wise gardener will keep her/his planting happy with deep watering. With hose in hand, it’s also possible to wash away the whitefly and thrips.
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By Steve Kawaratani | May 7, 2010
“Follow with May’s fairest flowers.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley In the aftermath of those surprising April showers, expect little or no rain during the next five months. It is imperative to water your garden thoroughly during May, on an as-needed basis. Mulch plants to reduce the need for water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for insect pests and diseases. Your May questions to the Plant Man included: Q. Is the city giving away mulch again?
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | June 1, 2007
"And through the shady gloom...The sun himself...hid his head..." "And what is so rare as a day in June?" A garden (and most of us) can take only so much May Gray... the darkening of our generally sunny skies. I have little tolerance of this weather pattern, associated with the Catalina eddy, if the marine stratus doesn't give way to at least some hazy, afternoon sunshine. If your roses and dahlias are plagued by powdery mildew, encouraged by the cloudy days, try the remedy below.
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By Steve Kawaratani | May 21, 2010
“Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.” — Matthew Prior Roses are tolerant, hardy plants, but experience has shown that constant applications of pesticides won’t make a healthier plant. Roses require the basics of sunlight, well-prepared soil, water and fertilizer. Your mission (if you choose to accept it) is control, not elimination, of pest and disease. Your final questions to the Plant Man included: Q. My rose is growing great leaves, but I haven’t seen a flower yet. A. Some rose varieties will concentrate their energies into growth the first year and flower little, particularly if they received heavy dosages of nitrogen.
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By Steve Kawaratani | July 24, 2009
“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” One of the joys of being Buster’s doggy daddy is meeting fellow dog walkers in town. From Main Beach to the village streets, our conversations invariably move directly from how cute our dogs are to the quantity and quality of tomatoes harvested. It’s not that we’re struck solely by the lure of gardening, but the lore is equally important. After the rush of June blossoms, it is often difficult to maintain color from shrubs, which often become quite drab by late July.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | May 11, 2007
"Beauty...is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all." -- W. Somerset Maugham The delicate shapes and colors of roses are unique among flowers of the world. For this reason, many believe they are frail and readily predisposed to pest and disease. This is simply not so. Roses are no more susceptible to garden problems than most other flowering shrubs. Roses are tolerant, hardy plants, but a constant application of pesticides won't make a healthier plant.
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