GARDENING

Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

August 21, 2011

During a recent seminar for college teachers, I played unofficial tour guide to several of my colleagues from other parts of the United States. One of the women in the group had been watching for the so-called “corpse flower” to bloom. We were told that the flower was to bloom at the Pana`ewa Zoo and […]

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Hawai`ian Flowers, Part 2

July 24, 2011

Last weeks’s post showed the color and drama orchids can bring to your trees. This week, I give you a tour of the inner workings of Hawaiian Flowers. Marla has a small gift shop attached to the greenhouses where you can browse. Walking from the gift shop into the greenhouses, you instantly realize you are […]

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Hawai`ian Flowers

July 17, 2011

In the part of the world where I grew up, an orchid meant you had a special date to the high school prom. And it was a big deal! Now I live where orchids are grown everywhere and can become as rampant as weeds, yet I still am in awe at the abundance of plants […]

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Kele’s Garden Revisited

June 29, 2011

Our Big Island Self-Sufficiency group (BISS) here on the Big Island meets quarterly for a potluck and to share or exchange seeds, plants and cuttings. Other people there took lots of pictures, but you can see pictures I took at last year’s gathering here. Kele’s garden is still full of banana trees and various tropical […]

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Another Spring in Boise

June 7, 2011

As soon as Spring semester was over at the college, I took off for a week to visit my children on the mainland. I’ve posted photos of my daughter Inga’s garden in the past, but for the first time ever, I was there to enjoy it in person! One morning while she was at work, […]

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Roasted Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa

May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day! Today is the day many people use as the excuse to declare the opening of official grilling season. What better complement to your grilled veggies or meats than a tasty, easy to make, salsa? This recipe was given to me by my daughter, Inga. I’m not sure where she got it, but […]

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Gardening As Art

May 8, 2011

One of my intentions since the beginning of this blog almost three years ago has been to show readers what some of our local residents have managed to create on their acreage, and what they are doing to make it livable as well as beautiful. If you want to see some of these past posts, […]

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IT’S SPRING!!

March 20, 2011

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING! Even if the ground is frozen where you live, you know that Spring is right around the corner. Have you been going through your seed catalogs? Have you started getting itchy fingers, wanting to dig in the dirt? Are you monitoring the slightest change in temperature? If so, you have […]

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White Rain Lily

December 31, 2010

I planted several of these tiny bulbs (Zephyranthes candida) on April 14, 2009. The first year, about 3 little strands that looked like grass came up, then nothing at all. I thought they had completely died. Today I happened to look down along the redwood path by my house and there it was. I purchased […]

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Lessons from Lava

November 26, 2010

The official theme of this blog is ” homesteading, food, travel, and philosophy from the side of a volcano in rural Hawai`i.” So far, I’ve done mostly the first three, but very little of the fourth – philosophy. I could elaborate philosophically on many topics, and over the next few months, bear with me as […]

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Shades of Green

November 15, 2010

Living on an acre of lava that offers many shades of black and gray, I might quote the Muppets and say, “It’s not easy being green.” I forget what it means to be green. Friends from the mainland came to visit and were amazed at my catchment system, and for the first time, I had […]

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Caught!

October 9, 2010

It looks like the drought or the pheasants aren’t the only culprits responsible for losing plants! I looked out my kitchen window one morning this week and saw three healthy Mouflon sheep munching away. They are such a nuisance that the National Park has a lottery for hunters to help get rid of them, especially […]

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Watch Out For Garden Gnomes!

October 2, 2010

When I was sent a copy of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will) by Chuck Sambuchino to review, I had no idea what to expect. This witty and humorous little book can be read in just a few minutes, or you can take your […]

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