Thursday, February 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day Feburary 2018

 Hello and welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom day where gardeners around the world post what is blooming in their gardens. The dry season has begun and the dry season flowers like the bougainvillea are in bloom! It has been very windy with very cool nights and mornings.
 Blue petunias are a curiosity to many.
 Gaillardias are still going strong even in windy conditions.

 Wiri wiri peppers Capsicum Frutescens peeking out, these are also called guyanese peppers and are hot and full of flavour. I cook with them all the time.


To see more blooming gardens please skip on over to visit Carol's blog at  may dreams gardens  
Have a fun filled week gardening!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Blooming Thursday

 The garlic vine (mansoa alliacea) is blooming, the colour of the flowers will change tomorrow to pink and the day after to white and then die.

 I am growing orlaya grandiflora for the first time and I am quite pleased even though it took some time to grow from seed.
I planted out one of my loquats recently and am hoping to get some fruit in another year or so.

 Alocasia tea cups doing well in a soggy soil. These can be grown in shallow water and are great for pond banks.
 Remember the blackberry I had grown from seed? Well I transplanted it into a tyre pot made from a recycled tyre. Since I have read the roots do not grow deep I think this is an ideal container for it.
 The other two seedlings are doing well and I am looking to transplant them soon.
 I am also growing jicama for the first time and they do resemble a terrible wild vine we have call cow itch that is dangerous if the fine hairs off the seed pods get on your skin.
 The tuber is edible while the flowers and seed pods are toxic. The tuber is sweet tasting and is used raw in salads or stir fried with other vegetables.  These should be soon ready for harvesting as soon as the seed pods are dried. I read they can be eaten about now but I am waiting for seeds to replant. These were grown many years ago here in Barbados by the Taiwanese who were assisting our farmers on agricultural projects. When they left the jicama was forgotten.  I plant to resurrect this crop again.
 The leaves, flowers and seed pods contain rotenone a natural pesticide however that doesn't deter the slugs and snails. Rotenone is the pesticide most often used to kill fish. 
Rotenone is a naturally occurring compound derived from the roots of certain tropical and subtropical legume plants. Humans have been using it for centuries to harvest fish and manipulate fish communities. Rotenone kills by interfering with cellular use of oxygen.

I had some sweet potatoes that started growing so I cut off the growing tips and planted them in a container. I peeped and look what I found. Will harvest them at the end of the month.
The morning sunlight across the the orchard.  We have had rain almost every day in January. That was the wettest January I can remember. The garden is loving the extra moisture. I am hoping our dry season won't be as dry as last year. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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!