Monday, January 15, 2018

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day January 2018

Hello and welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens.  We have had a very wet January with lots of heavy showers during the days and nights. This is supposed to be the start of the dry season.
My Malay apple aka pommerac tree bore earlier this month and was able to rescue these from the birds, fruit bats and monkeys
Albert Greenberg waterlily

Pride of Dominica (sabinea carinalis) in bloom

 My lavender is struggling to survive. I have had no luck getting this plant to maturity. I am hoping that these are successful.
 Sunflower seedlings came up in three days after sowing.  Meyer lemon seedlings on the right grown from seed seem to be taking their time.
 Rats are attacking my coconuts and I have to very careful when walking under a tree.

This beautiful noranthea guianensis aka red hot poker vine is way up in the plumeria trees aka frangipani
Kalanchoes now coming into full bloom

 We have had rain almost every day or night this month, so much so my ground pond is full and I am not complaining!
 I have changed up the front garden a bit, I removed the large heliconias that made the surroundings look so untidy and replaced them with elephant ears.
 Yellow tecoma and red poinsettia
 This papaya tree a volunteer produces several shaped fruits. They are extremely sweet and doesn't have that strong papaya smell.

red chinaman's hat over the pergola
My lone hydrangea, I just love the flowers and would love to grow a bed of them. I bought this along with three others last year from one of the local nurseries. It was an imported plant and this one survived.
Christmas and the New Year isn't the same without the Snow on the mountain (euphorbia leucocephala).

We have been enjoying cooler night temperatures this time of year due to the cold North American winter. Many locals are complaining about the cold nights and mornings.  Temperatures are around 25C most nights and earlier this month it dropped to16C even I felt cold. To see more blooming gardens please visit Carol at may dreams  gardens.  Have a great week gardening whether it be indoors or outdoors. Wishing all a happy and healthy 2018!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Rustic Garden Bloom Day December 2017

Wishing all garden bloggers and followers a Merry Christmas,  Happy Hanuka, Happy Kwanza and Happy Holidays
Jamaican poinsettia
Santa  speaks creole

Christmas candles

I have a problem,  someone is pulling the table cloths off the tables at night. I now have to resort to putting ballast on the tables and folding up the corners to prevent the culprits from pulling at it. I think it is the three musketeers in the middle.
 Snow on the mountain eurphorbia leucocephala
Portlandia grandiflora
Red sorrel aka roselle  hisicus sabdariffa our traditional Christmas drink in the Caribbean
White sorrel tastes exactly like the red but not popular with the traditionalists.

Red Chinaman's hat


Ficus berries are falling by the thousands and have filled many wheel barow loads. I decided to let them fall because raking them up makes no difference. They will soon turn brown and blend in.

This Christmas will be nostalgic and a bit sad for me, it will be my first Christmas without my mom Miss Rose who sadly passed away earlier this year at the end of February at the age of 83.  This will be the second Christmas without my mother in law Barbara who passed away last November at the age of 87 and my two good friends Carol and Stella.  Life is fleeting and take time to enjoy it with the ones close to you because it is a path we all have to travel one day. Remember to treat everyone with dignity and respect.  Take time for yourself to find that inner peace we all desire. Take time to nurture a child, an older person, a plant, an animal it is rewarding. Do not  allow material things define who you are and who your friends should be.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2018!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day October 2017

Brassavola orchids growing on rocks
Portlandia grandiflora
White Mussenda

 Night blooming water lilies still awake this morning , will go back to sleep around 10 am.
 Day bloomer awakening with the early bee catching the nectar

 Pink mussenda on its way out it had a good run this year

 Tropical hydrangea
 Pink rondeletia leucophylla year round bloomer
 Lipstick pink ixora

 leopard lily aka blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis)

 Shampoo gingers making their annual appearance

Majidea Zangueberica aka black pearl used in local craft, the seeds have a velvet like coating. A small tree and native to East Africa.

 Boston fern, alocasias and begonias at the front entrance.

 Hello and welcome to GBBD where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. We had some torrential rains yesterday and the garden is a bit soggy.  Still the plants are loving every minute of it as well as the slugs and snails. 
Those of you up north are preparing for the winter season and the yuletide. We are also preparing for Independence and the yuletide. To see more blooming gardens please go over to Carol the brainchild of this meme
Enjoy your week and take care.