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By Steve Kawaratani | January 9, 2009
Julius Caesar decreed the first day of the year as Jan. 1. The Western World has now observed 2,054 New Year’s Days. I can usually be found in my garden during these first few days of a newborn year; the holidays still linger, and I need the downtime to unwind and consider the possibilities. Being in a garden allows for new year adjustment and freshness of thought. Your questions for the Plant Man for this first month of the year included: Q. What is the most important garden job this month?
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January 9, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "New Year is the direct descendant, isn't it, of a long line of new years?" -- with apologies to Ogden Nash "Each year we see Breeds new beginnings" -- Matthew Arnold Today is the ninth day of a new year. A week ago, Westerners celebrated the 2048th New Year's Day since Caesar decreed the first day of the year as Jan. 1. I was traveling in Baja during the first few days of January. The holidays were still continuing in Mexico and the surrounding pace had slowed to an enjoyable level.
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By Steve Kawaratani | September 18, 2009
“Anemone, your gorgeous colors seem to beckon me...” Autumn begins Tuesday, although I celebrated the end of summer with the closing of the festivals and the reopening of our schools this month. Catharine and I will gladly mark the end of a summer that began coolly, and then morphed into hot and overcast. I welcome the season considered the second spring. One of fall’s pleasures is watching nurseries fill their shelves with bulbs. Many have set out displays of paper white narcissus, and it’s not too early to purchase others, particularly the anemone.
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September 13, 2002
THE GARDEN FANATIC "This bud ... May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet." -- William Shakespeare " ... be sure to stop and smell the flowers." -- New York Times With Catharine rafting down the Grand Canyon, I focus my attention toward the prospect of bulbs. For the uninitiated, it may seem odd to be purchasing bulbs that won't be blooming for months. But to enjoy flowers in the spring, choose now to ensure the best selection. Bulbs have long been a fascination for gardeners.
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By: Steve Kawaratani | September 16, 2005
o7"This bud ... may prove a beauteous flower when next we meet."f7 --William Shakespeare o7"Be sure to stop and smell the flowers."f7 --New York Times The prospect of bulbs is upon us again -- the process of selecting plants that offer brilliant color and a spirit of renewal. For the uninitiated, it seems odd to be purchasing bulbs that won't be blooming for months. But to enjoy flowers in the spring, you have to choose your bulbs now for the best selection.
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By Steve Kawaratani | September 11, 2009
“This bud... May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.” — William Shakespeare Bulbs have long been a fascination for gardeners. Many can be counted on to bloom annually, after a dormant period and disappearance into the soil. Most bulbs live for years, and it is part of garden magic to anticipate their yearly return. Bulbs are commonly grouped according to their season of bloom, a purely arbitrary ordering. They make their first appearance at your local nursery in early September, commencing with crocus, ranunculus, bearded iris and narcissus.
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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 | September 14, 2007
“This bud... May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.” — William Shakespeare “...be sure to stop and smell the flowers.” — New York Times.   With the weather absolutely perfect, traffic diminished and parking almost plentiful, I focus my attention toward the prospect of bulbs. Long a fascination for gardeners, many can be counted on to bloom annually, after disappearing and returning from the depths of the soil.
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By Steve Kawaratani | January 9, 2009
Julius Caesar decreed the first day of the year as Jan. 1. The Western World has now observed 2,054 New Year’s Days. I can usually be found in my garden during these first few days of a newborn year; the holidays still linger, and I need the downtime to unwind and consider the possibilities. Being in a garden allows for new year adjustment and freshness of thought. Your questions for the Plant Man for this first month of the year included: Q. What is the most important garden job this month?
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January 9, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "New Year is the direct descendant, isn't it, of a long line of new years?" -- with apologies to Ogden Nash "Each year we see Breeds new beginnings" -- Matthew Arnold Today is the ninth day of a new year. A week ago, Westerners celebrated the 2048th New Year's Day since Caesar decreed the first day of the year as Jan. 1. I was traveling in Baja during the first few days of January. The holidays were still continuing in Mexico and the surrounding pace had slowed to an enjoyable level.
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