Monday, September 18, 2017

Waimea Canyon

A truly spectacular spot on Kauai, Waimea Canyon was breathtaking.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

More Kauai views

We're so fortunate that our small house in Asheville is walkable to downtown, looks into a restored forest (thanks to my gardening companion), and is surrounded by other gardens, vegetable and pollinator-friendly, native-rich, etc. It's a good place to be.

It makes for a good home exchange. Our home exchange partners here in Kauai will be in our house next April. We're enjoying their wonderful setting now.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Kauai views

From Eastern hardwood forest views to Kauai slopes.
The first two are from our home exchange cottage; the third is looking towards the Na Pali coast.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Coming into Kauai


This afternoon's view was impressive, as we approached Kauai, where we'll be for awhile on a Home Exchange. My gardening companion was here 40+ years ago and remembers it fondly; I've never been to Hawaii.

Hiking, botanizing, snorkeling, and poking around in our Home Exchange partners' garden -- it'll be a wonderful time. It's warm and humid, but hey, we're from the Southeastern US, after all. It's not unfamiliar, even though our summer has been cool this year.

A brief stopover to visit relatives in LA reminded me of why I wouldn't want to live in Southern CA. They live in a wonderful house surrounded by gardens, but, the traffic to and from the airport, even at 6 am this morning was remarkable (not in a good way!)

Now, I'm off to see what the garden might have, while we wait for AAA to charge the battery on the car! There are lots of robust looking tomato plants, recently planted, I think, along with lots of papaya and mango trees.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gardening is about hope

Isn't gardening really about hope?  Hope for what we've planted, whether it's short-term or long.

I've sowed seeds of greens just before leaving for several weeks and created all the change-outs with kale and collards; my gardening companion has planted new native trees and perennials.  It IS about hope.

Our home exchange folks aren't going to be watering. The daughter of our very nice neighbor will be keeping an eye on whether it needs to be watered, but.., the footsteps of the resident gardeners will be absent for awhile.

All will be well, I think, as Irma will bring plenty of rain over the next week to our garden.  And, September is sometimes a cool month (and has certainly started out like that). Hmm, I wore my fleece jacket on our evening walk -- strange for Sept. 10.

We had a wonderful red sunset looping around the Grove Park Inn this evening. But I didn't have my phone (or camera).

So here's another wonderful one, from Beaver Lake, another favorite walk.

Beaver Lake sunset

Monday, September 4, 2017

A vegetable garden change-out

It's a bit early to dispatch most of the final tomatoes and beans, but with home exchange folks coming, and departure within the week, it's time.  When your vegetable garden is largely in the front of the house, attractiveness standards are high.

So, out came the front beans and the last of the cherry tomatoes, in came transplants of collards, kale, and broccoli, and I've seeded spinach, arugula, beets, mache, creasy greens, and a bit of lettuce (I need more lettuce seeds!)  Now I'll just hope for rain while we're gone, or perhaps the daughter of our neighbor will want to water again.

I've protected most of the cole crops with wire cloches -- they help deter (a bit) the cabbage white butterflies laying eggs (and the following caterpillars) and the errant woodchuck nibbling. Ha!

Sept. 4, 2017
Gardening is always an act of hope and belief in possibilities. It's always a new season.
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