GARDENS

“Blue Zones Project” Coming Our Way!

June 14, 2017

About fifteen or more years ago, I became interested in the Okinawa program and diet. The exact title of the book I bought was The Okinawa Program: how the world’s longest-lived people achieve everlasting health – and how you can, too. I suspect I was not the only person who was looking for a program […]

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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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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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Gardening From A to Z

August 28, 2010

Two of my favorite landscapers (Bob and Monty) invited a group of us “tree huggers” to come tour their garden. Since the land on their property is much like that of Ocean View, I gathered lots of how-to ideas on what to grow and what not to grow. Their elevation is about the same as […]

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August 2010 Update

August 21, 2010

GARDEN CLUBBERS (photo courtesy of Charles Tobias)   This particular post was published exactly one year ago! It’s a “remember when” rather than “how it is,” I’m afraid. You see, I didn’t think my garden was doing much last year, but all the beautiful things you see here are no longer in existence. Ka’u District, […]

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Boise Gardening

July 31, 2010

  As I work in my own garden, I watch some plants thrive while others struggle for survival. So I love to see the gardens other people put together.   In the past, I’ve written about my daughter’s small historic home in Boise, Idaho. I’ve shown her garden as it makes the seasonal transitions through […]

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Hawai`i Tropical Botanical Garden

July 24, 2010

Last Saturday, a small group from the Ocean View Garden Club visited the Hawai`i Tropical Botanical Garden just north of Hilo on Onomea Bay. As long as I have lived here, I was not aware this existed. It’s a wonderful place to take visitors and I definitely will go back myself! Admission is $15 per […]

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Kele’s Garden

June 26, 2010

  This past Saturday, our Big Island Self-Sustainability group (BISS) met to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a potluckat the home of one of the founding members, Kele, in Hilo. I love living in Ocean View, but I have to admit to more than a little envy when I see what can happen in a […]

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Local Aquaponics

June 12, 2010

  Our Ocean View Garden Club makes a tour of local gardens periodically. Last month, we visited La and Mike’s place where she has an extensive garden and he has started a thriving aquaponics system. The tilapia live in this tank, the pipes carry the rich water to the plants.     Mike has also […]

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A Class Project

May 18, 2010

  One of my ways of getting students out of their desk seats is to require a “gift to the community,” what we might call a service project. Some of them serve meals to the homeless, others help to clean up our beaches. Each team of students gets to choose what their project will be, […]

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Ka’u Coffee Festival

May 8, 2010

  Right away, I headed for the food booths. I know how delicious Pahala foods can be! The 4-H booth served beef plate lunches from home-grown beef.   Typical local-style plate lunch is a meat, “two scoop” rice, and macaroni salad.   Dane and Terri Shibuya are good friends. Dane is the Community Policeman for […]

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An English Spring

March 6, 2010

click here for larger image DAFFODILS IN ST. JAMES PARK, LONDON   Four years ago during my Spring Break, plus a few days, I traveled to England with a friend. Although it was very cold, especially to someone fresh from Hawai’i, there was no rain for the three weeks we spent there. These photos will […]

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