1-spring flowers

In 2005 I bought this sweet small house on an acre of land consisting of nothing but a’a lava rock. Then in May of 2008, I started this blog. I began to share photos and write about how that acre of lava was developing (or not developing).

Since late spring of this year, I was given a home that is closer to the college where I teach, closer to town, and has land that will actually grow something. It is still rocky, but the lava has decomposed enough that it manages to provide more of the lush greenery for which Hawai`i is known.

Down side yard toward back1

While I lived in Ocean View, I complained about not being able to grow anything, or at best what did stay alive was growing at a snail’s pace! Now my complaint goes in the opposite direction – everything grows too quickly! This view into the side yard was taken in April.

Down side toward back2

Two months later in June, it was so overgrown that no one could walk through it! There is a lot of work to be done still, but with the help of some friendly landscapers, it is beginning to take shape. I’ll post more pictures as things start to look beautiful again.

I look forward to cleaning out this little area with its raised beds. It is a perfect spot for growing herbs, or starting seeds, or potting seedlings, and more. The purple sweet potatoes growing here were probably from starts the previous owner was tending. I will transplant some of those into a backyard garden.

Raised bed for herbs

Friends have given me lilikoi seedlings and several white pineapple plants. So much to look forward to here!

A hui hou!
Lucy

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 alana August 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Aloha Lucy! Wow, you’ve moved closer to town. What a change. What fun you will have.
Blessings,
Alana

2 Lucy Lee Jones August 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Mahalo, Alana! 🙂 Good to see you here!

3 Ann Wurden August 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

What a change!! So fun to have new discoveries. Looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds. Did you sell your place in Ocean View? I’m still searching for my spot… 🙂

4 Lucy Lee Jones August 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I’m keeping my Ocean View place for now. Someone is living there and looking after it, then my son is coming over from the mainland later to live there. Sometimes our “spot” just comes to us without looking 🙂
Lucy

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