I am sure that I will soon look back at the drought conditions with fondness, but right now? I'm ready for some rain.
Rain, it's a comin'.
All it takes is just a brief spell of moisture to get the plants fired up. Orchids are everywhere.
There are so many different varieties of Orchid (and other plants) that are blooming, the air everywhere is sweet, saturated with scent. Even the parking lot at the grocery store smells nice, this despite the constant flux of cars coming and going. Even the COMPOST PILE smells good.....amazing!
Our single orange.
Hopefully the first of many.
Wild thimbleberries are to be found in any direction that you care to look.
Ellie picks a handful every morning for breakfast, but there are still more than we can eat. I need to make a solar drier.
The invasive guava trees are in continuous production.
The fruit is tasty enough, but I think that it would make the basis for a great fermented beverage. Hmmmmm......
Rain brings our unhappy little cacao trees into leaf.
Why so unhappy you ask? Well, after doing some reading and observing trees in other plantations, it seems clear that these guys would be much happier with some over-story trees to provide a bit of shade. It's pretty hot and exposed where they are.
That's not all,though. There is a secret menace at work here......
The lace-work remains of the leaves is a characteristic telltale, indicative of these little guys....
The Japanese rose beetle (Adoretus sinicus). They love to come out at night and snack on our cacao tree's leaves. Evidently the first 30-60 minutes of darkness coincide with their peak feeding /mating period, so we have been keeping a jar of soapy water handy and picking them off as we find them. What else are you gonna do at 7 pm and no electricity (much less TV)?
I had the good fortune to meet the vice-president/chairman of the Hawaiian chapter of the American bamboo society. She hooked me up with a big pile of Sacred Bali Bamboo (Schizostachyum brachycladum).
Beautiful, long, straight internodes, with a vibrant yellow color and delicate thin walls, this bamboo is wonderfully suited for making flutes.
Some of these segments are nearly 30" long. That would make one honking big shakuhachi!
Along with the rain, we've been getting some wind. This is taking its toll on the roof.
Time to track down the ladder. While I'm up there, I'll set some new gutters,too.
The wind is also taking its toll on some of the trees here.
In one day, there were 3 different trees that fell across the driveway.
Good thing I'm packing a saw.