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July 8, 2005
STEVE KAWARATANI "I feel coming on a strange disease ..." --Frank Lloyd Wright "Why this is very midsummer madness." --Bill Shakespeare As a consequence of our on-and-off warm, humid and overcast weather, I have been busy dispensing advice on pest and disease management to clients and friends. During my Design Review rounds, I find that questions regarding insects and mildew often take precedence over ocean views and privacy. I don't mind.
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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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July 2, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "If we weren't frustrating sometimes and we weren't strict about the guidelines that have been established, then Laguna Beach would not be Laguna Beach." -- SUZANNE MORRISON "The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute." -- J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT I have enjoyed living in Laguna for more than 50 years, and although lots of changes have occurred, Laguna still remains Laguna to me. Growing up, I held a lot of affection for our Uncle Sam -- I still do. I recall that I rated him just slightly below Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
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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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July 1, 2005
STEVE KAWARATANI "Born on the Fourth of July" --Bruce Springsteen "Hot time, summer in Laguna." --with apologies to John Sebastian 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. I guess it's only natural that dads and gifts top patriotism when you're 8 years old. Speaking of gifts, summer has dropped in again, with our gardens enjoying at least afternoon sunlight.
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July 4, 2003
THE GARDEN FANATIC "Born on the Fourth of July" -- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN "Hot time, summer in Laguna." -- WITH APOLOGIES TO JOHN SEBASTIAN 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. I guess it's only natural that dads and gifts topped patriotism when you're 8 years old. Speaking of gifts, summer has dropped in again, with our gardens enjoying at least afternoon sunlight.
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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 | 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 | 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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July 8, 2005
STEVE KAWARATANI "I feel coming on a strange disease ..." --Frank Lloyd Wright "Why this is very midsummer madness." --Bill Shakespeare As a consequence of our on-and-off warm, humid and overcast weather, I have been busy dispensing advice on pest and disease management to clients and friends. During my Design Review rounds, I find that questions regarding insects and mildew often take precedence over ocean views and privacy. I don't mind.
NEWS
July 2, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "If we weren't frustrating sometimes and we weren't strict about the guidelines that have been established, then Laguna Beach would not be Laguna Beach." -- SUZANNE MORRISON "The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute." -- J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT I have enjoyed living in Laguna for more than 50 years, and although lots of changes have occurred, Laguna still remains Laguna to me. Growing up, I held a lot of affection for our Uncle Sam -- I still do. I recall that I rated him just slightly below Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
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