Monday, October 22, 2018

Rainy days and Mondays

 Hello friends, lately we have been getting some heavy rains with some places flooding and some under flood watch. Some of our neighbouring islands have been severely flooded with more rain to come. Meanwhile the Rustic Bajan garden is loving the wet season so far as well as my dog Reds.

 Dendrobiums enjoying the weather.

 Night blooming waterlilies, these open around 8.00 pm and close the following day around 11.00 am

 On schedule the rain lilies are now in full bloom again.

 Brassavola nodosa orchids blooming with very little care.
 This is  Dimocarpus longan  aka longan fruit, it is an Asian fruit and the tree was planted 7 years ago. It is fruiting for the first time. It is now grown in Tropical and sub tropical areas around the world.  It has been very difficult to fruit in tropical areas until it was discovered that ordinary household bleach applied around the drip line forced it into flowering. I tried it and it worked! This method is now being used in Thailand and Hawaii.

 Annona reticulata aka Custard apple fruiting for the first time as well.

Malpighia emarginata aka Barbados cherry is said to have one of the highest vitamin C content. It was quite popular on the island many years ago  when people kept orchards. Now it is not as widely planted. It makes a delicious juice.
Look who paid me a surprise visit? The Orion butterfly! The adult feeds on rotting fruit and the larval host plant is the cecropia tree.
To my friends in Trinidad and Tobago take care and be safe.