Ode to Trees

Today we are removing some trees, scrub trees to be sure, but trees nonetheless and there is a small prayaschitta to be done. Yes, we are preparing the ground for more trees, many trees and much to live beneath those trees. Sad, our joy today.

So we give a small space to honor the tree. The photos here are of the immense and the ancient, the gnarled and the odd, but every tree is a bit of Siva's Self, howsoever plain and ignored by the wayside where it give life and shade to passersby.

Enjoy the slideshow and plant, if you can, 12 trees each year or see that they are planted.

In Siva’s Garden Today

A few of the living gems in the sacred temple garden.

Rishi Valley Rock Garden

Sadasivanathaswami has created several dry gardens planted in a bed of lava rocks. Using desert, drought tolerant plants, these little rock gardens require very little maintenance. Here in Hawaii they also have the added advantage of being impervious to damage by chickens and wild boar, who might otherwise come and tear up the beds.

The Abizia Trees are Blooming!

Here on Kauai, we have more than a few plants which grow in an invasive abundance. There's guinea grass, which grows tall, strong and is covered in little spines. Then there is the lovely African tulip, which towers above, littering the ground with its beautiful orange-red flowers as it marches through the jungles unchallenged. But by far, the winner here is the Albizia tree, or as some call it the "widow-maker." These trees are a picture right out of the African savanna. They grow fast and tall, taking little time to build thick, strong limbs. This means it can be dangerous standing under one for too long (hence their nickname). But while many people despise this tree, we've learned to see the beauty in it. Like many fast-growing, fast-dying plants, it helps to slowly improve Kauai's clay-infused, sugarcane-damaged soil. And when it blooms, it's a sight like nothing else. As far as the eye can see, albizia canopies flood with white flowers, resembling soft snow and reflecting the sun's golden rays.

In Siva’s Sacred Gardens Today

It's a rainy island day, but plants think of it not as an inconvenience but as Siva's life force coursing through their cells. A good day to appreciate the rain for its life-giving properties.

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