New Home!

July 23, 2014

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 […]

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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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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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Summer Patio in Boise

August 14, 2010

Several weeks ago, I showed Inga’s garden, promising a review of her latest project – a roof to provide shade for her patio. I just received the pictures for your enjoyment. As you can see, her father and brother-in-law pitched in to help. Inga and her sister kept everyone supplied in nourishment and beverage. There’s […]

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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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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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A Country Haven

May 30, 2009

click here for larger image GATE TO CONNIE’S HAVEN   It’s hard to believe that only twelve miles away is a hideaway this lush and fertile! On twenty acres of volcanic land that has decomposed, my friend Connie has created a delicious and peaceful botanical garden. My friend, Velvet and I were invited to come […]

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Various Projects on the “Farm”

April 18, 2009

click here for larger image ORIGINAL LOCATION OF SIDE PATH   Relocating rocks can be either hard labor, or you can look at it as good exercise! I choose to think of it as a way to get in my weight lifting. This weekend, I put on my heavy duty garden gloves and started creating […]

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A Week of Surprises

February 21, 2009

click here for larger image PATIO THIS NEW YEAR’S DAY   The Hawai`ian Spring comes sooner than in most parts of the country. Still, I am always a little surprised when something actually starts to grow and bloom. This past week I’ve been weeding, planting, while ignoring a few of my older starts. What a […]

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Yard Sculpture

February 15, 2009

click here for larger image STONE TABLE   Last week, I showed some of the flowering plants and landscaping of Bob Elhard’s plot of land. I love to show local gardeners and their work because it gives me so much hope! The photo above is a stone table in the entry patio he has created […]

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Shangri-La Hawai`i Style

February 8, 2009

click here for larger image PARADISE POND What a delight to find this garden in the middle of a lava field! Anything I could say about this Hawaiian Shangri-La would be superfluous. In fact, there was so much to see here that I will divide Bob Elhard’s work of art into two posts. Today I […]

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McDaniel Farmette

February 1, 2009

click here for larger image FARM SCENE I love to visit Other People’s Gardens for several reasons. Primarily, it is to get ideas for my own gardening efforts, to see what is possible on lava. Here are some of the ideas I found on the McDaniel acreage. A path over the lava where we need […]

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Tidying Up!

January 16, 2009

click here for larger image UNFINISHED CORNER Most of the homes here are built on what I call “stilts.” I’ve heard several reasons for this. One is that it allows the water to flow through without damaging the foundation, or for the wind to blow through. Some say that it gives you a place to […]

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