GARDENING

No Labor Day For All

September 1, 2014

We love Labor Day for giving us that last bit of summer for cookouts, beach trips, one last vacation day, and more. But not everyone gets to take off on Labor Day. You know who you are: • medical personnel at the hospitals • pilots taking you on your trips • clerks in the grocery […]

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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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Tragedy Strikes!

June 28, 2013

I apologize, but I have just had a major crash on my blog. I am in the process of recreating the posts so bear with me. There are posts available for your enjoyment, however, from the beginning up through July 2011. If you missed some of the early posts, this is a good time to […]

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Words

January 11, 2012

Many of us have read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert written in 2007. The notion of using three words to define a specific period of her life, some have started to seek out three words that relate to their own life. One blogging author finds three words to symbolize her year, both in how […]

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A Garden Surprise

October 15, 2011

My garden has suffered from too much neglect this fall. A friend in Hilo gifted me some “old” unwanted plants. One was a pot of orchids that seriously needed to be divided. I’ve been trying to remember to nurture them along until I could do something with them. I have managed to sprinkle them with […]

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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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