Friday, March 26, 2010

It's a white bloomin' Friday


Singapore plumeria


thunbergia vine

water lily

star jasmine



Hello and welcome to blooming Friday where bloggers from all over the world post what is blooming in their gardens today. This was the brainchild of Katarina at roses and stuff. To see more of what we have in our gardens please take a stroll over to roses and stuff. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The ravages of drought

dark clouds overhead but no rain

my breadfruit leaf fern has withered, it looks almost dead. I was told would comeback and I do hope so.

I have been off the radar last week with a bout of the flu and some computer problems. UGH...... it was bad, fever and a very sore throat as well as throwing up. After a week of drinking soup, I tried eating two slices of pizza on Saturday evening. I got through the first slice and decided to take on a second one. On the last bite I felt nauseated and made a dash for the bathroom. My stomach muscles and my tongue were very sore after that exercise. I told my hubby about it and his response was, "all that good pizza?" I feel a lot better now.

And the drought continues! We've had a shower of rain on Monday but by the next day the heat dried it up so we are back to the same old same old.

Monday was world water day and it has brought home to many of us that we must not take this precious commodity for granted. We all have to find ways of storing rain water for times like these. I have an area that water settles for a day after a heavy downpour. I am thinking of digging a fairly deep catchment area . My hubby is against it because he says it will dry up. But he doesn't seem to want to think about water storage. I will go ahead and call in the tractor to dig the existing area deeper and my helpers will compact the clay like soil. I will then decide if to go with a liner or not. Sometimes men can't see further than their noses.

Last Saturday I had a very pleasant visit from Nicole (in person) from Caribbean garden who was in Barbados for a few days. It was a pleasure meeting up with her and I look forward to seeing her on her next visit.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bloom day Monday

this gorgeous plumbago is very drought tolerant

lipstick pink ixora another drought tolerant plant

no rest for the wicked...I was trying to get some zzz's in my hammock when I was interrupted by a four footed friend "Bear".

Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom day. This was started by May Dreams Gardens where garden bloggers from all over the world post photos of what is blooming in their garden on the 15th of every month. So why not take a trip over to see what is happening in her side of the world. The drought continues and the water police is on the prowl. I know nuffing and I see nuffing.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

C'est Vendredi en fleuri

white snowflakes

day blooming cereus or epiphyhllum

beautiful hot pink pentas

Hello again and welcome to another blooming Friday. For more blooming Friday please take a stroll over to Katarina at roses and stuff.
It is still hot and dry with no rain ! Have a great weekend folks!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

It's a bloomin' Friday again

Welcome to another blooming Friday! I've decided to do this blooming Friday with a new twist. For more blooming Friday please take a swim or paddle over to Katarina at roses and stuff. Have a wonderful weekend my fellow gardeners.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Plantain surprise

Many years ago a friend of mine Carol gave me this plantain recipe and I want to share it with you.

4-5 large ripe plantains (yellow with a few black spots)
some strong cheese I used a Danish Havarti
some grated parmesan cheese
some liqueur I used Galliano

Please use a shallow dish or flan dish. Peel and slice the plantains in 0.50 cm or 1/4 inch circles. Grease the pie dish with butter or use some cooking spray. Place the plantain circles on the bottom of the dish until it is generously covered. Layer thinly sliced or grated cheese onto the plantain circles. Add another layer of plantains and drizzle your favourite liqueur over the top and layer with cheese and a sprinkle of grated parmesan. Bake in a 375-400 degree oven until the top is golden brown. Serve on the side of your main meal. I served it with flying fish in a white wine and red curry sauce, veggies and basmati rice.