Friday, September 26, 2014

Rain Rain come again

The rain was torrential and lasted for an hour or so accompanied by thunder and lightning.

The ground pond  filled for the first time this year. Will soon add some fish for mosquito control.
I had managed to get part of the grass mowed before the rain.
Avocados will be ready soon hopefully next month.
Shade house a bit more organized thanks to Kris my gardener. It was a mess.

The ponds were filled to the brim.
Excess water draining from the pond.

 If you can't see the big grin I have on my face then believe me that I have been grinning since yesterday afternoon. We had our very first torrential rain in the north yesterday. This is the type of rain we need to fill our reservoirs for next year. I was becoming worried  because we are a water scarce island with no mountains  lakes  nor rivers. While most of our water goes underground with some run off into the sea.  Many people have installed water tanks and it is now mandated that all new homes have some sort of water collection. 

We now have to be very careful of mosquitoes breeding places because of the Chikungunya virus spread by mosquitoes is increasing. Some neighbouring islands are rampant with it. I have one of those electronic tennis racquets to swipe the mossies  when they get near me. I also rub bay leaves on my exposed skin and I have noticed they don't get near me at all. The sun is out this morning drying out the grounds and hopefully it will remain so because today is laundry day for me. Have a great weekend my friends.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom day September 2014

Succulent flowering
Ravenala madagascariensis akaTravellers palm in bloom

Ground orchids

Desert rose
Dendrobium orchid
Brassevola orchid growing on a rock
Pink Mussaenda in back garden

Hello and Welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. It has been hot and humid with scattered showers. Our rainy season has still not produced the rain as expected and if we do not get to enough to replenish our reservoirs we will be in trouble next year. 
Here at the rustic Bajan Garden mango season is almost at an end. The crop was not as plentiful as last year's so I wasn't able to take part in the farmers market.
To see what is blooming in other gardens please go over to Carol at May dreams gardens
  Wishing all a great week gardening!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What is growing in the rustic Bajan garden

Chocolate habanero peppers these are very hot!
Pimentos or seasoning peppers very full of flavour without the heat!
A variety of black pepper vine
Passion fruit vines
Papaya akak paw paw growing in a large pot.

Mamey sapote aka sapote in the islands.
Black sapote aka chocolate pudding tree
Sapodilla flowers at last! I hope to see some fruit.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


RIP Sandy

About  month ago my husband went to pick up my gardener  who normally works on weekends. He came back home minus the gardener and was shouting for me. I ran wondering what had happened. He told me that there was a dog in Speightstown that was so hungry and skinny that he came back to get some food. I asked him where was my garden helper Chris. He said that Chris was keeping an eye on the dog. I quickly heated some left over chinese food and got into the car with him. 
We arrived and found Chris nearby,  I asked where was the dog and he pointed  to a wooded  area where I saw this sweet face looking back at me. I showed him the food and he came forward a bit, he then started jumping up playfully and finally came to me for the food. He ate for a few minutes and I petted him. He looked like a relative of Sandy my dog I lost a few months ago. I had no doubt this was Sandy's brother. My daughter told me that she had seen another puppy a lighter colour to Sandy the night we found him. I then lifted him into the back of the car and we made our way to the vet. 
Today he has put on weight and has been accepted by the pack. He has been neutured and has had his shots. He did not make a sound for two weeks and my husband thought that he was too quiet. We were looking for a name for him and my husband suggested Frundel after our Prime Minister who says very little or nothing most of the time. Suddenly he started barking and wouldn't shut up. My husband reviewed the name and said that we should name him Ronald Jones after our Minister of Education instead because of the noise he makes.  My daughter named him Teddy.