Saturday, April 25, 2009

on the lanai

The weather during this time of year has its good days and bad, but for the most part they are good.

The temps are great, though you need a light jacket or sweater on those windy days. I love being able to take my naps and sleeping at night with the windows open, not having to worry about humidity. (oops I said the "h" word...)

Recently on my lanai, I noticed my green onion had a flower getting ready to bloom. Before it could do so, it was so top heavy, it creased itself literally to the point of hanging on by a thread.

I cut it off and put the flower into some water. It started to bloom.

I also noticed this rather large strawberry in my planter and hope no birds do before I can pick it. Most of the strawberries that I have been picking are so tiny but this one is actually quite large. I should pick it soon...

Awhile back after seeding a raw red bell pepper, I threw the seeds into a pot outside. I think it is beginning to take (crossing my fingers that it is and not something totally different). It will be so cool to grow my own peppers since I am addicted to them as of late.

I noticed that the clover I planted started to bloom also. Satoshi had received these packets of clover seed, so I sprinkled them in two pots and just kept watering them every so often.

There are 3 plants I have inside the house. (If you look at the last photo) During the winter the one with the big leaf and the one hiding under it were actually brown because I had them outside, I think they like more "tropical" surroundings.

So, I pruned them and brought them indoors...they are looking good, though the one hiding under the leaf needs a bit more time. The one in the glass container is a coffee plant, I am crossing my fingers when I re-plant it that it takes. My first coffee plant died with the cold of winter.

I missed Earth Day the other day, so this post is kind of a make-up for it, hope you celebrated the Earth on Earth Day!

Today is the start of Golden Week here, some people will have 16 days off! (some taking vacation, while other have to take mandatory leave due to the economy) though we aren't planning to go anywhere as Satoshi has to work during the middle of it. Just as well though, most places will be packed with people that are out and about. (We are planning a short visit to Kyoto to spend some time with my MIL on some of the days that Satoshi is off though.)


Rowena said...

Your lanai garden is looking great! I'm still struggling with the weather, for a few days it'll be around 18-20°C, then it changes and drops to 11-13°C, my plants don't know whether to sleep or grow. I put up hail protection too just in case those suckers decide to trash my newly planted seedlings again.

K and S said...

Thanks Rowena, the temps have been a bit on the chilly side for us but at least the sun was out. Today it is supposed to rain ALL DAY! I hope the weather starts to warm up for you, wouldn't want those seedlings to go to waste.

Take care!

2kamuela47 said...

Each year your garden gets better and better. I hope those birds don't get to your strawberries! Take care!

Kathy YL Chan said...

So many plants! :D The one thing I miss about living back in Hawai'i is that there's just so much SPACE back home to plant nearly anything! All we've got is a tiny windowsill here in the city, hehe ^_^

K and S said...

Thanks Laura :) I hope they don't either!

Thanks Kathy! You should try planting some herbs on that sill of yours :)

Take care you two.

Deb in Hawaii said...

All your plants are so pretty. I would be picking that strawberry and dipping it in chocolate!

K and S said...

Thanks Deb, I think the strawberry is a little to tiny for chocolate, if it were bigger I definitely would :)

Take care.

Jenster said...

Great photos of your plants!

Hope you can enjoy your big strawberry before the birds do. Can you find a net to put over your strawberry plant? Here, we can buy nets to put over berry plants to keep the birds away -- the mesh is fine enough that their beaks can't get through, but they still allow water and sunlight through.

K and S said...

Thanks Jenster, I should check into that netting.

Take care.

manju said...

Your plants look great, especially the tiny strawberry. Hope you got it before the birds did!

This might sound awful, but did you know that that onion blossom is really tasty in a salad?!...

K and S said...

Thanks Manju, we got the strawberry before the birds did...ooh, I'll have to remember that about the onion blossom, do you cook it or eat it raw?

Take care.