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.

Lord Ganesha in the Garden

Lord Panchamukha Ganapti has long watched peacefully over our vegetable garden, but for all that time, He has been without a sturdy roof over his head. For some time now, Nirvani Adinatha has been spearheading the creation of this new wooden structure. This last week, he has been assembling it over Ganesha, in the center of the garden.

More Giant Boulders

This retreat Sadasivanathaswami and Sivanadiyar Girish drove across the island to the Quarry in Eleele to mark more large boulders that have been stockpiled for the Iraivan landscaping project. There were some gems in this set, and now the monks are engineering the delivery in early June. Underneath the red dirt clay is a blue-black basalt stone, dark and powerful, born in the early fires that built the island. Basalt is volcanic rock that forms near the surface of the planet and quickly cools. It differs from granite by having somewhat less quartz in its composition. The name "basalt" means very hard stone" in Latin.

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