vanilla and coffee Fiji home garden
Food, garden

Planting Coffee and Vanilla

We ordered five coffee bushes and five vanilla plants from a nursery based in Colo-i-Suva, and they arrived this week. Our gardener planted them yesterday, and we're looking forward to watching them grow. I'm not sure how they'll fare in the soil in our yard, but it's certainly worth a try. This will be a… Continue reading Planting Coffee and Vanilla

papaya sapling Fiji
essay, garden

Life Lessons with: Papaya

I collected and dried out more papaya seeds for our gardener to plant several months ago, and the saplings are coming up. It's a wonder to see: a visual reminder of natural growth. This morning, I noticed one sapling in particular. Our gardener had moved it to a new location on my request. He told… Continue reading Life Lessons with: Papaya

basil parsley Fiji garden
Food, garden

Tropical Garden Starters

We have a lush garden in our yard in Fiji. I can't take credit for it. Our gardener has been working the yard for many years, and previous tenants have installed their own touches. Before we moved to Fiji, we imagined being able to eat from our garden. After we arrived, we started small by… Continue reading Tropical Garden Starters

Coleus
design, garden

Planting Coleus

We have a lot of coleus growing in our tropical garden. This is one of my faves because the plant's spring green and mauve colors make it stand out. During growth spurts, it shoots out thin flowering stalks that bloom a lovely lavender. I recently pulled up a planting from a pot that was getting… Continue reading Planting Coleus

design

Upcycling: Beer Bottles into Vases

Creativity is possible every day. I like to find alternative uses for things that are typically tossed. Vonu beer is the first Fijian beer we've tried on the island. I love the design of the bottle. It's a classic brown bottle with a white sea turtle logo. The contrast between the brown and the white… Continue reading Upcycling: Beer Bottles into Vases