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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day august 2014

 Radermachera aka Tree jasmine
 Pentas enjoying the recent rains
 Martinique Cuphea

 Star Jasmine
 Singapore Plumeria
Cardwell lily

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day where gardeners around the world show what is blooming in their gardens. 
We have been getting some rain and the garden is green and weedy. I have been working on the front of the house  trying to give it more curb appeal.

 The weeds were disgusting!
 I was tired weeding the gravel walk so I decided to do a concrete walk way.
 New garden wall built from stones.
 Stone wall continued around the palms making a large planter.

To see more of what is blooming in other gardens in far off lands please visit Carol at Maydreams gardens. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

At last

At last this hemerocallis aka daylily has finally bloomed after 8 years of me cussing threatening to throw it in the compost heap. I recently gave it some orchid fertilizer but don't know if that did the trick. I have many others without blooms so I will try the orchid food again.
The yellow was the only colour that bloomed regularly but hasn't for the past two years.
This one was quite a surprise for me. I only discovered the spathe while looking for snails and slugs one night.

 My portlandia grandiflora has finally bloomed after nearly four to five years. These are rare shrubs and are grown from seed. The blooms fill the night air with an intoxicating aroma.

 The delonix regia  aka flamboyant, royal poinciana  and gul mohur in her splendor brightens up the gardenThere are five of them in my garden.
 These zephyrantes lilies are out now after the recent rains.

The rainy season has hopefully started ,late but I am happy. There is much work to be done now. Weeding and cutting back, planting and reaping. So until next posting have a great Sunday!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Working wood

Round pond was drained a few weeks ago because of water quality problems and roots from the areca palms. I will have to remove the palms before they wreck the pond. The pond water was very good for my thirsty plants.
All these palms have to be removed.
A temporary wooden pond was built for the three huge cat fish and  I plan to use it after for an aquaculture project.

The pond painted in a cedar wash and liner installed.

Leaves and flowers from the tamarind tree were blowing into the pond so I had to install an overhead cover.
The three albino cat fish were transferred to their temporary home and are doing fine. The remaining fish were transferred to the the other lily ponds where most of them died within days. This might be due to the heat and a lack of oxygen. Moby Dick was one of the casualties.
 I have been busy doing some wood trellises for the garden. I built this obelisk to run some pepper vines on and I am quite pleased how it came out.

Some tools I can't do without. Did I tell you all that hardware stores excite me? I just love perusing these places.

 Hello folks the welcome to my rustic Bajan garden. The rustic Bajan gardener has been quite busy working with wood. The round pond developed a serious algae problem again and had to be drained and cleaned. It is now empty and exposed to the sun to kill the remaining algae. I have been trying to tell hubby to convert it into a spa but he would have none of that! So I will wait and see. I now have to remove all the areca palms aka golden palms from around the pond. Some of their roots have invaded the pond and will cause serious cracks over time. So my next project will be the removal of the palms. I may have to cut them all down  because they are too large to dig out.  Until next time have a great weekend!