Iguanas and Plants

Local artist were commissioned to create wood carvings featuring Belize wildlife. Carving of a large iguana side by side with a smaller iguana is huge, it’s about 5′ high at the head of the iguana and 10′ long from head to tail of the larger iguana. Iguanas are a common sight throughout the Caribbean. This […]


We drove down to Holan’s on Saturday morning, way top early to be up and out for our normal mornings. However, the temp was going to be in the high 90s with heat index around 109, so it was a good thing to get started early. Farmers’ Market, Hobby Lobby and At Home was on […]


So what is a Sarracenia? It is a plant that is commonly known as trumpet pitchers. We saw these at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market. We were very impressed with the market – there were over 70 stands with all kinds of vendors. There were booths with beverages, lotions, herbs, eggs, fruits, plants, oils, honey, […]

Dee’s Lime Tree

A year ago, Dee said we needed a lime tree. Steve walked into Wal-Mart and there sat a lime tree. It was as if it was meant for us to have the tree. I looked up on the internet to learn more about them. It said that lime tree produce from November to March. It […]

Grasses in the backyard

The grasses in the backyard blow in the wind all winter and are so pretty. On this day a light snow fell which made the blades bend. ““““““““““““““““““““

A Plantation

Kilohana, a restored plantation estate that provides a glimpse of life in the 1930s. The site of a 16,000 square-foot Tudor mansion that was home to one of the island’s most prominent families, Kilohana is now a picturesque venue for tours, gatherings and a theatrical luau. We visited the various artisan shops located around the […]

A Few Ferns

The world-famous Kauai Fern Grotto (Ma’ama’akualono) is a natural lava-rock grotto with long Boston Sword ferns growing upside down from the roof and cooled by misting waterfalls. Once a royal gathering place, this area was dedicated to the major god, Lono. Its natural amphitheater acoustics made it a perfect place for serenading musicians and a […]

Tropical Garden III

Throughout this garden valley, nature trails meander through a true tropical rainforest, crossing bubbling streams, passing several beautiful waterfalls and the exciting ocean vistas along the rugged Pacific coast. The Garden is also home to a Statue of Ku, the Hawaiian God of War, carved from a Monkeypod Tree that once stood in the Garden. […]

Tropical Garden II

More flowers from the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden in Hilo. Save Save Save

Tropical Garden

We boarded an air-conditioned van at the pier and listen to our local guide as we took a scenic and narrated tour through Hilo’s bay front and the lush Hamakua Coast in route to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. The 40-acre valley is a natural greenhouse, protected from buffeting trade winds and blessed with fertile […]