All posts tagged: plants

FUN-employed

Leaving familiarity behind, or so what I thought, was difficult. The forest mist engulfing the native plants and birds, though it does have its invasive and non-native species, it was home. Upon our arrival on Johnston Island, after a three day boat ride on the Kahana, I was pleased to finally see for myself that there were so many familiar things. Greeted with plumeria and hibiscus leis, it was official; we (1 leader and 4 volunteers) were the next Crazy Ant Strike Team (CAST), no turning back! I found myself taking a liking to the Ironwood trees as they are some of the taller trees in great density, creating their own non-native forest of relaxing howling sounds as the wind blows on by. As I explore the nooks and crannies of the island, I find more and more plants that bring me comfort like the Naio, Hala, Hau, ‘Uhaloa, Pōhinahina, ‘Ilima, Naupaka, Pōhuehue and the list goes on. I picked up the Atoll Research Bulletin No. 192 – The Natural History of Johnston Atoll, Central …

My Garden in Macro

The only limit to your garden is at the boundaries of your imagination. ~ Thomas Church If you knew me, you would never trust me with your plants. Despite my efforts, many plants have died under my tender care–even the heartiest of succulents have come to their premature death under my watch. I just don’t have a green thumb. My husband on the other hand is a superlative gardener. He is hands-down a far better plant whisperer than I can ever dream of becoming. Under his care, our modest little garden has flourished. Our garden is a mish-mosh of perennials, herbs, vegetables and small variety of fruits that thrive in Waimea’s cool temperate climate. We keep it simple, basic and as low maintenance as possible – especially with my gardening handicap. Our long term goal is to cultivate a thriving edible garden. I’m sure that with a little coaching from my husband and more playtime in the dirt, our lofty dream will surely sprout delicious grub. For the time being, I’ll stick to what I’m …