Mr. Ralph enjoyed the outdoors. Building conveniences for our life style (decks, stairs to hammock, flagstone pathway, outdoor lighting) and planting for the future. Maui was certainly the right choice for a tiny house rather than a condo.
(at dusk last year)
The south side of this place is an amazing lush tropical garden. My caretaker neighbors (Bob and Paula) have even improved on it! Things grow too fast here, so they halved most of the plants and replanted and added a few slower growing things. Hacked the tops of plants that became too tall and planted the pieces at the bottom of the same pot. Some ferns and spider plants escaped their pots and planted themselves in the ground. Looks fabulous!
(At noon-ish today)
Today I finally got motivated to plant some herbs. While I was puttering, Bob and Paula popped over. She helped me plant then went home and got some starts from her yard. Bob is adding a hose bib to the front of the house and got that finished! Now the Lazy Widow doesn't have to go to the side of the house, unroll the heavy hose, drag it over the fence and THEN try to spray off the whiteflies on my gardenias. I'm going to try hosing them off every day for a week before I resort to Neem Oil.
My condo community is starting a Memory Garden for our neighbor friends who have died. Not one plant for each person, but just a nice grouping of shrubs and perennials with a small plaque. More of a small spot to meditate and remember.
And I have my Memory Garden here. You can never have too many memories ....