Tropical fruit on the side of the road

Tropical fruit on the side of the road

I am always a little bit amazed to see where food comes from. I mean where it actually comes from, not New Seasons. Around here, sure, you see neatly planted farms and orchards from time to time. But tropical Zanzibar, it wasn’t uncommon to see fruit dangling alongside the road.

Papaya were the one of my favorite. I had tiny one as an ornamental annual a couple years ago, but zipping along busy roads in a taxi through Zanzibar, we regularly saw two foot wide leaves topping 10 foot stalks with clusters of ripe fruit along the trunk. That’s a miracle.

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HWY 30: to Cistus Nursery, and beyond – part 2

HWY 30: to Cistus Nursery, and beyond – part 2

When I started my post last week, I meant to write about a trip to Cistus Nursery with Loree, intrepid Mistress of Danger Garden. But once I got on that Highway, there were so many other fascinating places to visit–at least in my fanciful imagination.

So back to the upshot. A couple weeks ago, I watered for Danger while she was off Blog Flinging in Toronto. I don’t live far from Loree, and I always love the opportunity to look at her garden. And when she’s gone, I can take my time contemplating scenarios in her garden for implementation in my own.

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Zanzibar: Shooting Star Lodge

Zanzibar: Shooting Star Lodge

With last week’s safari stories, I hope I haven’t given you the false impression that I’m a rugged traveler. While I’m not big on lounging by the pool, I’m generally not a camper, and I quite enjoy a hotel that makes pool lounging look like a good idea. Following our safari, we spent five days on the island of Zanzibar, which fit the bill nicely.

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plant lust in Toronto, Canada

plant lust in Toronto, Canada

June 4-6 were the dates of the 2015 Garden Bloggers Fling, held in Toronto, Canada. That’s the official group photo above, pretty snazzy with the Toronto skyline in the background – don’t you think? This was the 8th annual event, last year, 2014, a group of Portland bloggers played host to 80 bloggers from around the world. Plant lust was a sponsor of that event, supplying the swag bags which other sponsors filled with fabulous freebies for the attendees. (more…)

Tanzania Safari Surprises

Tanzania Safari Surprises

I love traveling, but one of my favorite things about vacation is coming home. It’s like a second vacation. You get to experience all the things you missed about home while you were away, with a fresh sense of appreciation. Vacation is still a fresh memory you get to relive, sifting through photos and sharing stories.

Justin surprised me with the safari as a 40th birthday present back in December. We had been batting around ideas for some sort of vacation this summer, and he let me babble on about Costa Rica or Iceland without tipping me off that he had something else in mind. He had done a bunch of research, picked out a camp, and stashed some extra vacation savings on the sly. (more…)

Wednesday Vignette – Lots going on here

Wednesday Vignette – Lots going on here

My friend and fellow blogger Anna, who blogs at Flutter & Hum, has been posting a single photo, sometimes two, on Wednesdays under the theme “Wednesday Vignette.” Anna’s got a great eye for color and pattern, and these posts tend to display that gift. She’s encouraged others to post on the theme and today I thought I’d join in with this very busy photo I took in my garden. (more…)

Safari Plants at Ruaha National Park

Safari Plants at Ruaha National Park

As a lifelong animal lover, going on an African safari has been a fantasy as long as I can remember. After months of research and planning, the big trip finally happened last week.

Technical difficulties here: I don’t know why some photos are getting flipped upside down when I add them to the post. Maybe because I’m south of the equator.

(Patricia here. I’m doing a little photo importing & inserting. All mistakes in i.d. and placement are mine. I’m sure Megan will set us straight upon her return home. Right now, she’s in the midst of 30 hours in route.)

Me and elephant

Me and elephant

rotating Megan’s photo worked from this side of the world, PDX:  edited by Patricia.

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