The Art of Sharing

Ever wonder about the high cost of food and how people deal with it. In Hawaii, it’s more significant as food and goods not available on the islands come in from the mainland. I try and buy locally and just enough for a week or two to eliminate food waste in our house. In my three years back on the island, I notice this is one of the most significant ways we deal with the high cost is sharing our food.

Just this week, I get a call from my cousin “M” and if we wanted a soursop. Of course, it’s a yes. It’s Mom’s favorite. Right before she hangs up, I ask if she wants kale.

Soursop chilling in the refrigerator

“Sure!” she replies.

And the cycle repeats itself many times over in many Hawaii households. To me, this is the art of sharing. 

What’s a soursap?

I realized I may have never described what a soursop was like. This is because I haven’t tried it. Green gnarly fruit kind of scare me since being introduce to durian (Southeast Asia’s beloved fruit). On first meeting, soursop looks like a relative of durian–big, green, and knobby. But it doesn’t smell.

The inside is creamy white with large black seeds with no bad smell. My cousin recommends to put it in the freezer for a refreshing snack.

Another sharing moment

Guava trees are fruiting now. Trees brought to the house by the birds that my mom feed every morning. Fruit are slightly larger than a golf ball. First three guava wen to the bird (not intentional), got the next three. Beautifully pink inside.

Cora’s Garden: I guess it’s Spring

Seasons in Hawaii is much more subtle than on the mainland. Winter kind of shows up around Chinese’s New Year, the lows are low–mid 60s and highs are mid–high 70s and it may be rainy. This last about 2-3 week. For me, this is the perfect weather and last much too short. Then spring shows up with lows in the mid–high 60s and highs in the high 70s–mid 80s with rain and windy.

I’m not sure what triggers all the blossoming, the longer days or the moist conditions (it’s been very wet winter/spring) but they are happening in the last couple of weeks. Here’s some of the pictures I got.

Anthurium

Orchids

There are blooms everywhere. The roses are doing well with tons of buds. This year’s iris crop seems a little small, but every morning watering brings a new bud or two. The hydrangea has tiny bloom. And the self seeding snapdragons keep popup up in the front.

Coming in next is my mom’s beloved honohono. The buds are popping out from the leafless stems. The first time I saw this happening I thought they were dying. But she said the leaves drop before the buds come out. I’ll post the picture of the blossom when they arrive.

And for the weeds, they are even doing better than the flowers. I can’t keep up especially in the front yard. I spend about an hour a day pulling weeds but that’s not enough. The pentas are doing great which Mom considers as weeds as they show up every where. I try and get as much of them as I can but the bees love their flowers so I leave any that started flowering.

I was trying to get the weed patch in the front yard but Bulbul family was mad me for watering baby by accident. He’s sitting in mom’s Desert Rose bed and got a bath this morning. Mom and dad scream at me. So later in the morning when went out to get a pictures of our weed patch, Mom and dad started to get excited again.

He (I don’t know if he is a he) looks fluffy and fine. Mom and dad better what for the neighborhood strays that love our yard. Oh, look you can see the edge of the weed patch at the bottom of the picture.

Cora’s Garden: Blooms

I guess spring has sprung in Cora’s Garden. There are buds and bloom everywhere, especially on the phalaenopsis orchids (Moth orchid) that we save from the distress plant rack at our local Lowes. Now that I’m the official waterer, I get to see changes every day.

Distressed Phals with blooms
one of mom’s old pals

Besides the Phalaenopsis’ yearly blooms, the first amaryllis decide to bloom. there are three flower spikes. It shares the pot with another plant and I was so surprised it bloomed.

orange Amaryllis

The anthuriums are always blooming. This is still mom’s territory. I haven’t graduated from waterer, pot mover, and cleaner of dead leaves. She been trying something new out with used coffee filters. She puts them in the pot on top of the potting media. Not too sure what this is suppose to do. But the few pots that she tried it out on, are looking pretty healthy.

Another constant bloomer are the geraniums. They are from an original plant from my cousin L. That one is a giant plant. There are several other plants from cutting from the original. They are hardy plant, constant bloomers with light pink buds turn into dark pink blooms. I’m trying to start the pink cherry blooms plant I had in NJ with seeds. So far, not luck. It took several month to take when it was started in NJ. Original plant was from my sister’s old house in Elk Grove, CA. I’ll keep posted if get a plant.