Baby Crownflower Trees

The crownflower seeds I planted at the beginning of August have sprouted. I had left them in the seed-starting tray for a while, but I finally transferred some of them to larger pots.

It feels like they’re growing slowly, but I guess they really aren’t. I only planted them six weeks ago.

I’ll let them get big before I plant them in the ground at school. I probably could plant them already by November. Winter is the rainy season here, and the wet weather would help the plants become established. Then my only concern would the be tall grass that is growing where I want to plant them. Somehow I’d have to keep that in check. Maybe some landscaping fabric…

The picture is blurry because I didn't take the picture until dusk.

The picture is blurry because I didn’t take the picture until dusk.

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One Response to Baby Crownflower Trees

  1. Lauren says:

    Isn’t it amazing how those tiny little plants will become actual trees? Sprouts are the weakling kittens of the plant world.

    Grow, little guys!

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Cute Cat

My co-worker Chloe got a kitten! She loves cats. She was one of Gus’ babysitters this past summer. She has wanted a cat of her own, wasn’t sure if she could get one. She just recently got married and they’re still settling in. On top of that, her husband is allergic to cats.

But they went to the Humane Society to look at kittens, and came home with one. Her name is Isabel. I went to see her yesterday. She is super cute.

The kids had worn her out.  She slept most of the time I was there.

The kids had worn her out. She slept most of the time I was there.

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Like a Bag of Tomatoes

Diane emailed me the other day and asked if I liked dragon fruit. It’s the fruit of a cactus. It looks kind of spiny or scaley. It tastes something like… kiwi? It grows pretty easily here in Maui, so people often have it growing in their yard.

Anyway, I do like dragon fruit, and told Diane so. A little later in the day, a second grader came to my room with a bag full of them.

It reminded me of people in Nebraska who have too many tomatoes, so they’re always looking for someone to take them. I will enjoy eating them over the next few days.

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Cat Chat

My downstairs neighbor said he’s been feeding a grey cat. I think it was the one who came to my front door. I had the main door open, but the screed door closed. The cat meowed a little, and Gus came running.

I haven’t seen Gus interact with another cat. I thought maybe he’d just be curious and sniff a little. Instead, he made some weird meowing noises. At first, I thought maybe he was just communicating in some way I’ve never heard before. But then he hissed, and I realized he was upset.

I tried to calm him down, but he wasn’t having it. The grey cat hung around for a little while, then gave up.

I guess Gus isn’t into making friends with any non-humans.

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Storm Stroll

Well, I didn’t see much action from Tropical Storm Olivia yesterday. It’s good, because that means less damage and injury. In fact, I didn’t hear about any injuries. There was some flooding and road closures on the rainy side of the island, but I didn’t see anything else.

I did go out to the beach, wondering what the surf was like. The ocean was choppy, and the clouds were heavy, but There was no rain, and only a little wind.

The weirdest thing I saw was when I was finished with my beach walk. On the way back to my apartment, I passed the ABC store, and it was closed. Closed! I’ve never seen that before. It was so weird.

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