Friday, January 18, 2019

Garden Bloggers Bloomday

Sorrel our traditional Christmas drink made from the calyx of the Roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa).
The calyx is removed and rinsed in plain water then covered with water with flavouring spices such as cinnamon, cloves and a couple leaves of West Indian bay leaf. Some people add ginger as well. This is brought to a boil, taken off the heat and then covered left to simmer overnight. The next day it is strained and sweetened to taste. If it is too strong more water is added.
The finished product! Sorrel ranges from smooth to acidic in taste depending on the variety grown. It is very similar to a cranberry like taste.

It has been very dry as it is the start of our dry season and I decided to water some recently planted fruit trees. In between watering, I cooled out with some snacks and tried reading a classic...didn't finish and will let you know.

Sunflowers are all around my garden, it is a shame they don't last too long.


 

These petunias are forever blooming up a storm.
My garden poinsettia with the snow on the mountain in the background will remain like this until March.


This is the flower of Muntingia calabura, aka Jamaican cherry. Suriname cherry and Singapore cherry. It is a small red cherry like fruit with miniscule seeds and tastes like bubblegum. 
Garlic vine (mansoa alliacea) with a few blooms.

Raspberry ice bougainvillea
Coral bougainvillea
This pergola is the latest project I am working on with my gardener.

Osteospermum aka African daisy, these were the last three I got from a nearby nursery. I have tried growing these from seed but they didn't grow well so I gave up until I saw these.
These double petunias look like pompoms, were given to me by my friend Nelcia.  Thank you Nelcia!
Kalanchoes brightening up this planter. 
  
Happy New Year to you and am hoping that things will change for the better for everyone. We are officially into our dry season. There is very little rain so the island is becoming less green. Those of you in North America The United Kingdom and Europe keep warm and I wish you all an early spring.
I am working on a garden project and will reveal the whole thing when done. 
To see more blooming gardens please go over to Carol's blog at maydreamsgarden 
 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

It's that time of year

I visited a fellow gardener's place and these euphorbias aka crown of thorns had me giddy.

 I was so inspired that I decided to follow suit and put my meagre collection into large pots and wait for them to explode.
 The colours of the Caribbean Christmas season

The table and chairs were recently repainted and what a big difference it made. The colour is blue lagoon I think.





The rustic bajan garden is ablaze with the season's colours. The nights are getting cooler and the days breezier with the trade winds. I am trying not to get caught up with the madness this season and plan to spend it low keyed.  My country is going through some tough times with many facing retrenchment this time of year. If anyone of us can help someone we know who have been terminated please do so. It is a frightening time for those with children. 

Wishing all whatever you are celebrating a joyous and healthy celebration in these trying times. Remember those who are not as fortunate as us and lend a helping hand to those in need. Peace and Love to all!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Garden Ramble this weekend




Garden Ramble at Benthams House St. Lucy Sat Nov 24th and Sun Nov 25th 10.00am to 5.00pm  Located between the St. Lucy Post Office and Rubis gas station. Whatsap / mobile 2639012

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Garden Ramble








Cassia alata aka Christmas candles getting ready to light up the garden.




The shade house  is now properly organized and ready to receive visitors.

Last Thursday the Rustic Bajan Garden had some visitors from Germany.  The visit was arranged by garden writer Heidi Howcroft who is no stranger to the island.  Here they are enjoying some iced tea and bajan fishcakes. 
This coming weekend on the 24th and 25th Nov I will be hosting a Garden Ramble from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Admission is $15.00 and children under 12 are free. Refreshments are included in the entrance fee.  Bring your cameras and picnic mats. Sit under the trees and spend a few hours relaxing. Browse the plants for sale you never know what you will find. Mingle with fellow gardeners and visitors. Learn about growing dragon fruit and some fruits you have never seen growing here in Barbados.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Rainy days and Mondays

 Hello friends, lately we have been getting some heavy rains with some places flooding and some under flood watch. Some of our neighbouring islands have been severely flooded with more rain to come. Meanwhile the Rustic Bajan garden is loving the wet season so far as well as my dog Reds.

 Dendrobiums enjoying the weather.

 Night blooming waterlilies, these open around 8.00 pm and close the following day around 11.00 am

 On schedule the rain lilies are now in full bloom again.

 Brassavola nodosa orchids blooming with very little care.
 This is  Dimocarpus longan  aka longan fruit, it is an Asian fruit and the tree was planted 7 years ago. It is fruiting for the first time. It is now grown in Tropical and sub tropical areas around the world.  It has been very difficult to fruit in tropical areas until it was discovered that ordinary household bleach applied around the drip line forced it into flowering. I tried it and it worked! This method is now being used in Thailand and Hawaii.

 Annona reticulata aka Custard apple fruiting for the first time as well.

 
Malpighia emarginata aka Barbados cherry is said to have one of the highest vitamin C content. It was quite popular on the island many years ago  when people kept orchards. Now it is not as widely planted. It makes a delicious juice.
Look who paid me a surprise visit? The Orion butterfly! The adult feeds on rotting fruit and the larval host plant is the cecropia tree.
To my friends in Trinidad and Tobago take care and be safe.