Sunday, March 25, 2012

Up on The Roof

It has been hazy all day so it was very difficult to take good shots.  I took the above two just before the sun went down.

My garlic vine (mansoa alliacea) is putting on the greatest show I have ever seen. The gazebo rooftop is completely covered with blooms and the only ones to take full advantage of this view are the birds. If only I were a bird up in a nearby tree! Have a great week my friends!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Beautiful and unspoilt in Bim*

 The serene surroundings of Codrington College located in the parish of St. John, is said to be one of the oldest theological colleges in this part the Americas. Established in 1745 it was the gift to the people of Barbados from Christopher Codrington III (1668-1710),  after whom Codrington College is named. Many years ago while attending fashion school in Paris, I met a fellow student by the name of Camilla Codrington, who claimed to be one of the descendants of Christopher Codrington.

These limestone buildings (circa 1745) built by slave labour have witnessed many social changes over the years, Emancipation to Independence. If only walls could talk!
 Royal palms grace the landscape

 Bath beach in St. John is a favorite holiday spot for locals. There are no Tourist developments here and we hope that it remains beautiful and unspoilt.

 My friend Rowena

My blogger friend Rowena from Australia who follows my blog came to visit my island home last month. Both countries share a common passion for Cricket our national game and each has had its share of great Cricketers. Barbados and the rest of the cricket playing islands  collectively play under the West Indies banner. We are the underdogs at the moment and there is a test match series being  played right now between Australia and the Windies (West Indies) in the islands. Rowena a plant and garden enthusiast is currently involved in a reforestation project at home in Australia. She and I spent many enjoyable days gallivanting around the island.
*Bim....nickname for Barbados

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day March 2012

 We were driving along this country road chatting when this view stopped us in our tracks!
 We stopped and knocked at the cottage door and a window opened with a smiling face behind it.
  Chinaman's hat and cherry jubilee Alamanda happily coexisting.
 Cigarette Cuphea adding a splash of colour here.
 Crotons took on a special brilliance in this garden!

 Eureen at the front of her cottage.
 Begonias, Crotons, Pandanus and Pointsettia all competing for attention.
 Poinsettia still showing off her blooms.
 Morning glory brightening up this tree trunk.
 White Begonias
 Asparagus fern merrily rambling along a fence.
 Green Chinaman's hat
 Impatiens were popping up here and there
 This colourful croton was to die for.

 This Sansevieria was unknown to me and Eureen shared a piece. She told me that it perfumes the garden when in bloom.
Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day where gardeners from all around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. Last month I was gallivanting around the island with a friend who follows my blog in Australia. Yes I said Australia, as we were driving along a country road  in the parish of St. John we came across this gem of a garden owned by a sweet lady by the name of Eureen. It was a cornucopia of colour and plants. She was happy to show us around and talk to us about her garden which has been featured in many international publications. I can only describe this garden as a true Caribbean cottage garden. To see more blooming gardens please go over to Carol's blog at may dreams gardens