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.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Timber down

 I had taken a break from blogging and I am now back. Lots of things have taken place at the homestead.  One Saturday morning a few weeks ago, I was walking around the garden, it was around 06.30 am. I looked up at an old bearded fig tree (ficus citrifolia) that had died and noticed it was leaning more than it was the day before. I wandered over to the longan tree a few yards away to inspect the young fruit.  I glanced over at the tree and said to myself that the high winds expected later that day will surely bring the tree down. I  continued my stroll and decided to  to pick some snake gourd towards the back of the garden away from the tree.  

Suddenly I heard a horrific crash and I thought the flamboyant tree may have fallen onto my plants. I rushed to where I thought the noise came from, but the Flamboyant was still standing. I then looked towards where the dead tree stood and realized that it had finally fallen. What a colossal mess!

I hired some men to come and cut up the tree and take some of it away. The larger pieces they left behind.
 A week later I hired a Bobcat with a driver to clear up the area.
 I couldn't use the wood since it was a soft wood and will deteriorate very quickly.  Hopefully I will be able to use the compost later on.
 I have now planted some heliconias and a few fruit trees. The rainy season is not quite rainy but am happy whenever we get a shower or two.  Have a great weekend gardening!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 2018

Freshly picked swiss chard and lettuce
Santa Barbara daisy
Pride of Dominica seems to bloom whenever I give it a good soak.
Lagerstromeia speciosa aka crepe myrtle, queen of flowers. The tree was severely pruned a few months ago and I was surprised that it bloomed so quickly.

White mussenda
Syzygium malaccense aka malay apple, pommerac, plumrose, water apple in bloom

Cassia javanica
Heliconia rostrata aka lobster claw
Heliconia bihai
Barbados Amaryllis
Red amaryllis
White mandevilla
Adenium aka desert rose
Zepyhrantes aka rain lilies
variegated Alocasia
Tree orchids
Callistemon aka bottlebrush
Hello and welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. The garden is in bloom and spring has sprung.   It has also been hot and dry and am hoping that we get some rain soon.  There had been some light showers but not enough to make an impression.  
To see more blooming gardens please go over to Carol at may dreams gardens. Have a great week gardening!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day April 2018


 Adenium aka Desert roses

Plumeria aka Frangipani 
 Hippeastrum aka Barbados amaryllis

 White Mandevilla
 Red Pentas
 Callistemon aka Bottlebrush
 Snap dragons
 Santa Barbara daisy
 Bougainvillea, Frangipani and Chinaman's Hat
 Bougainvillea Raspberry ice

 Cassia grandis
 Moon flower

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. The dry season is in full swing and the Rustic Bajan Garden is ablaze with colour. Those of you who are still waiting on Spring my sincerest sympathies.  To see more blooming gardens please visit Carol's garden at May dreams gardens
Have a great week gardening and wishing my friends in the North and in Europe warmer weather. You have an open invitation to visit me whenever you want to.