Sunday, December 24, 2017

Rustic Garden Bloom Day December 2017

Wishing all garden bloggers and followers a Merry Christmas,  Happy Hanuka, Happy Kwanza and Happy Holidays
Jamaican poinsettia
Santa  speaks creole

Christmas candles

I have a problem,  someone is pulling the table cloths off the tables at night. I now have to resort to putting ballast on the tables and folding up the corners to prevent the culprits from pulling at it. I think it is the three musketeers in the middle.
 Snow on the mountain eurphorbia leucocephala
Portlandia grandiflora
Red sorrel aka roselle  hisicus sabdariffa our traditional Christmas drink in the Caribbean
White sorrel tastes exactly like the red but not popular with the traditionalists.

Red Chinaman's hat


Ficus berries are falling by the thousands and have filled many wheel barow loads. I decided to let them fall because raking them up makes no difference. They will soon turn brown and blend in.

This Christmas will be nostalgic and a bit sad for me, it will be my first Christmas without my mom Miss Rose who sadly passed away earlier this year at the end of February at the age of 83.  This will be the second Christmas without my mother in law Barbara who passed away last November at the age of 87 and my two good friends Carol and Stella.  Life is fleeting and take time to enjoy it with the ones close to you because it is a path we all have to travel one day. Remember to treat everyone with dignity and respect.  Take time for yourself to find that inner peace we all desire. Take time to nurture a child, an older person, a plant, an animal it is rewarding. Do not  allow material things define who you are and who your friends should be.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2018!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day October 2017

Brassavola orchids growing on rocks
Portlandia grandiflora
White Mussenda

 Night blooming water lilies still awake this morning , will go back to sleep around 10 am.
 Day bloomer awakening with the early bee catching the nectar

 Pink mussenda on its way out it had a good run this year

 Tropical hydrangea
 Pink rondeletia leucophylla year round bloomer
 Lipstick pink ixora

 leopard lily aka blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis)

 Shampoo gingers making their annual appearance

Majidea Zangueberica aka black pearl used in local craft, the seeds have a velvet like coating. A small tree and native to East Africa.

 Boston fern, alocasias and begonias at the front entrance.

 Hello and welcome to GBBD where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. We had some torrential rains yesterday and the garden is a bit soggy.  Still the plants are loving every minute of it as well as the slugs and snails. 
Those of you up north are preparing for the winter season and the yuletide. We are also preparing for Independence and the yuletide. To see more blooming gardens please go over to Carol the brainchild of this meme
Enjoy your week and take care.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day September 2017

 Red coreopsis
 An unusual coloured passion fruit. At first I thought it was a tomato on the ground and was wondering how the hell did it get under my passion fruit vine!
Pink  Asters

 Yellow miniature rose
 King of Siam water lily
 Avocados will soon be ready
 Pink Pride of Barbados
 Old faithful always ready to please
Yellow Tecoma grown from seed.

Hello and welcome to GBBD where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens! I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies for the people  of the Caribbean and the USA who were in the path of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose.  Because of Barbados' position in the Atlantic Ocean hurricanes tend to pass to the north or if they do pass over us they are not very developed and are tropical storms. 
 We did get some well needed rain with Harvey but to see the devastation Harvey wrecked in Texas was unimaginable.  
The Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Anguilla, Cayman islands, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Haiti, BVI, USVI, Bahamas , St. Maarten, St. Bartholomew, Saba  the devastation is around 95%.  This is  a year many will never forget and many who claim that climate change is not real should rethink again. Islanders are strong and will rebuild again. The vegetation will rebound and in a few years providing there are no more hurricanes of that magnitude. 
To see what is blooming in other gardens please go over to visit Carol at may dreams gardens.
Have a great weekend and those of you who can assist the islands that were devasted in any way please do.