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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All Is Not Lost!

September 25, 2010

Mahalo to those of you who have sent condolences about my drought-ridden garden! I have a tendency to get discouraged, and wonder if we will ever get rain. It looks like I’ll need to order my fifth load of water for the catchment tank this next week, unless we get a heavy rain in the […]

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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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A Time to Plant…

May 21, 2010

  It’s always time to plant here, but I haven’t had the chance to really concentrate on it lately. With the springs semester finished and graduation over, I’ve been enjoying my time with soil and seed.   The plastic containers that had contained Costco cherries, tomatoes, blueberries, and other berries had small holes to allow […]

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February 6, 2010

  With the increase in number of plants that require watering, it’s become a time-consuming task to get to all of them as much as they need it. Also, too much water doesn’t make it to the plant, no matter how careful I am. In this unusually dry season, conservation of water is a priority. […]

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Spring Has Arrived!

March 21, 2009

click here for larger image ELHARD’S DONKEYTAIL   Do you think my cuttings of donkey tail will ever look like the ones Bob Elhard grows above? click here for larger image MY DONKEYTAIL CUTTINGS   Even though we don’t have as well-defined a change in season as most locations on the mainland and other parts […]

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The Art of Bonsai

March 8, 2009

click here for larger image BANYAN BONSAI   I can’t remember exactly when I first became interested in the beautiful Japanese art of bonsai. It was probably in the 1960s, when I traveled to Japan on four different occasions. On one of those trips, I climbed Mt. Fuji with friends, an exciting story for another […]

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