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 hang laundry when it rains, or even that you can park a car under the house.
With my own home, I must crawl under there to change the filters on my water system. I can’t hang laundry under there, but there is enough space for me to sit up straight to do the work that needs to be done.
Being able to look under someone’s house doesn’t exactly provide a pretty sight, so I decided to camouflage the opening with dark green lattice.
Because I still need to get under the house to do some work, I won’t put the lattice all the way around the back, but only on the front where it is seen. I have one more piece that needs to be put up to complete the project.
Kaimana, my wonderful friend, loves the outdoors. He’s gotten out by accident only a few times, but he always found his way back home. His paws were always scraped raw when he returned, not being accustomed to the harshness of the lava. Now he mostly sits to watch the world go by and fantasize about a life of freedom.
When I first moved in, the lonely monstera you can see through the screen was gracing my entryway, compliments of the previous owner. I added a turtle pot at the bottom of the steps. Now Mr. Turtle lives over on the other side. I’m not sure what’s growing in it here. A friend gave me a few cuttings of a ground cover that didn’t make it. He is empty as I write this, waiting for divine inspiration.
The monstera was eventually shifted down to the ground and I began searching for a way to add my own touch to the entry. On this next photo, you can see where I put the monstera.
You can also see the small Angel’s Trumpet trees growing from cuttings I put in. This name is shared with the closely related genus Datura. The Brugmansia genus is perennial and woody, the Datura species is herbaceous. Also, the Brugmansia has pendulous blooms while the Datura has more erect blooms. http://www.abads.net/ I’ve been calling what I have “Datura,” but seems I’m incorrect in that. Can anyone straighten me out? There are many beautiful trees of the Angel’s Trumpet here on the Big Island.
I was given cuttings of ti plants (Cordyline Terminalis), or ki in Hawai`ian. Ti or ki is grown in profusion around any Hawai`ian home to provide good luck and protection. http://www.hiloweb.com/webman/ti.htmlIt has bushed out and grown even taller since I took this shot. I was amazed at how quickly they grew from simple eighteen-inch pieces of stalk. I put them into water with a rooting compound and within a very short time, I was able to put them into the ground.
I was given a large full basket of a variety of orchids, so I stuck that in the corner where the monstera had been on the front stoop. They are difficult to see here. Isn’t that a nice path going around the house?
This has definitely been a “work in progress.” As you can see, there was a lot of work to be done to make the entry more inviting.
The dark green lattice work I’ve started putting in around the lower portion of the house is a great improvement, don’t you think?
Little by little this acre of lava is being transformed, but I’m an impatient woman.