Sunday, March 15, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day march 2015

 My Pride of Dominica (sabinea carinalis) is in bloom again the second time for the year.

 This lovely Edith Randig waterlily has beautiful multi coloured foliage.


 Frangipanis are now blooming and filling the garden with their seductive scent.

 When the Bougainvillea starts to bloom it is  a sure sign that the dry season in full swing.

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. I am posting this late because I spent the day mowing the grass and tidying up around the garden. My camera batteries died on me so I used my phone to take these photos. 
The dry season is here and blooms that tell us that are plentiful in the garden. The frangipanis have lost all their old leaves and blooms adorn the sparsely leafed trees.
To see more of what is blooming please take a stroll over to Carol's garden at May Dreams Gardens 
Have a great week gardening!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day Feb 2015

Valentine greetings to all
 Petunias hanging out
 I don't know the name of this plant if you can help me please give me a shout!
 Cape honeysuckle a beautiful creeper.
 My white dendrobiums each sporting several spikes.

 Heliconia wagneriana
 Barbados Amaryllis showing up early this year.
 Milkweeds, asclepias tuberosa awaiting their monarch.
 Another creeper that I have forgotten the name of
 The beautiful chinaman's cap
Tree orchids 

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's bloom day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. I am sending very warm greetings to the many of you who are living up North and under many feet of snow. Spring is on its way so hang in there.  The dry season has started and I dread what is to come.  To see more blooming gardens please go over to Carol at May dreams gardens. Have a wonderful week folks!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Colours for Feburary

 Teddy is recovering nicely. His thyroid levels are back to normal and his fur is growing back nicely. He has now joined the pack in the house after being away from them for the past six weeks with a badly broken front leg. If you remembered in a past post he was hit by a car in mid December. He walks with a slight limp and hopefully it will become less noticeable when it becomes fully healed.
 Look at the love in his eyes as I take this photo!
 Pride of Dominica  aka Bois Caribe (sabinea carinalis) has just finished blooming.

I am so in love with this shrub. I have to thank Maureen Farmer from Floraterra  Nursery who sold me this plant.

 Albert Greenberg waterlilies surround a tiny Dauben.
Kalanchoe even though neglected have managed to put on a show.
 Clerodendron quadriloculare is now blooming

A special thank you to some very special people who follow my blog, Nick Morgan, Rachel Ramphal, Meta Reifer and Jane Price who have always inquired about my dogs especially Sandy and Teddy.  Jane I haven't heard from you recently and I hope all is well with you. Teddy is recovering nicely and has to go back to the vet in March. He is still on thyroid medication which will be reduced next month and another blood test will be taken when finished. We have become very creative on how to administer his medicine. He is very suspicious when we give him chunks of meat with the medication hidden in it. He has started chewing the chunks and then shaking his head until the tablet drops out. So when all else fails hubby whips out his precious Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream and drops the pill in. Teddy has no problem with this sweet treat. This dog is just too smart for me.  Have a great week folks.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bread making at the homestead

 I have been in a bread making mood lately and would like to share with you.  This a basic bread recipe and can be the base for different types of bread
 In a food processor put three cups of pre sifted flour, I added two cups of white flour and one cup of multi grain flour. I added one teaspoon of salt  and one teaspoon of sugar. I then pulsed the food processor to mix these ingredients. In a measuring cup add just under 8 oz of tepid water and empty a packet of instant yeast. I use Saf Instant brand and find that it does not give off a yeasty smell in the bread. Make sure the yeast is thoroughly wet by swirling the water in the cup. Leave for 5 minutes the yeast should become a bit bubbly if it does not that means that yeast is old or expired, throw away and get a new packet. Then add a tablespoon of oil to the yeast liquid. I used rice bran oil but olive oil or sunflower oil can be used. Turn on the processor and slowly add the liquid the mixture will soon become a ball like mass. Use the pulse button until the mass clings to one side of the food processor's bowl.
 The dough is now ready to be taken out and kneaded on a floured surface.
The dough should be soft and pliable and will quickly become smooth with minimum handling.
Add a teaspoon of  oil to a bowl and spread it to the sides and turn the dough over twice to allow the oil to coat it. Cover with plastic wrap and a clean towel. Leave to rise for 25-30 mins. It should  double its size.

 The dough has doubled in size and is ready to be taken out and be rolled.
 Cut the dough into two and gently roll into two balls on a floured surface. Then roll each piece into a long shape and place seam side down on a flat tin lined with with parchment paper or greased if you do not have any paper.
 Cover with the clean towel and leave for another 25 minutes to rise.

While dough is rising  melt some butter and allow it to cool. Just before putting into the oven make some diagonal slashes on the rolled dough with a knife and brush on the melted butter. You can also use a beaten egg instead of the butter. I sprinkled the dough with some onion powder and some fennel seeds  to give  a more savory flavour. You can also do a plain and a savoury bread at the same time.
 Place an empty pan on the bottom oven shelf and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. When oven has reached the required temperature place about 6-8 cups of ice cubes into the hot pan on the bottom shelf. This will allow the bread to become crusty. Place the two loaves onto the top shelf and bake for 20-25 minutes or until brown. The bread will become bigger  in size as it cooks. Remove from oven when brown and Cool and serve warm with butter. Yummy!
Bon appétit!

Recipe
3 cups of flour
1 packet of yeast
1 teaspoon of salt 
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 cup of  tepid water 
1 tablespoon of oil

Please let me know how your bread comes out.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloom day January 2015

 Kalanchoe blooming this time of year
 Oxalis spiralis
 Hubby and I decided to install gates and have an area of the property enclosed to prevent the dogs from wandering onto the busy road. I have chosen the gate design and am in the process of finding someone to build them.
 The beautiful African Tulip adding that flame in the landscape.
 A close up of the flower, just look at that trim on the edge. Reminds me of a flamenco dancer's skirt.

 The spent flowers decorate the grass.
 Duranta repens
 Can you believe I have apple seedlings growing. Out of 15 I have four that are coming along nicely.
My front entrance begonias are still showing off their blooms. They will soon be needing to be cut back and I am postponing that until the very last moment.

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom day where gardeners around the globe show what is blooming in their gardens.  Earlier this week we had some unexpected rain and I was so happy for that drenching.
To see more blooming gardens please visit Carol's page at May dreams gardens. Wishing all a healthy and happy 2015.