GARDENING

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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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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Living on the Earth

September 18, 2010

This is an article I posted over two years ago on an old blog before I became “lavalily.com,” but there are some great books discussed here. I thought some of my new gardening friends might spot a book they want to read. Since I wrote this article, my beloved Kaimana has been put to rest, […]

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Last of Summer Gardening

September 11, 2010

Nothing spells the approach of autumn better than a bright orange pumpkin patch. How my daughter manages to get such beautiful pumpkins is beyond me! Many of you have been keeping up with my daughter Inga’s gardening in Boise, Idaho. Here is an update on what’s growing in her yard, including the pumpkin above. Her […]

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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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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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Chicken, Chard and Garlic in Olive Oil

August 4, 2010

One of the fastest and tastiest meals I fix for myself is this dish. I do it often enough that I didn’t think about writing a post about it. I grow the most wonderful red chard in a little bed by the back door. The leaves are huge, shiny dark green with deep red veins. […]

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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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