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!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Garden Blogger's Bloom day June 2014

 I went to visit one of my favorite nurseries after a year's absence. I came back with a trunk full of new additions for the garden.

I have even started a succulent bowl. Succulents were never a favorite of mine but recently I have seen really lovely arrangements, so I thought I would give them a try.

  Have been attaching young orchid plants on this tree stump I picked up on the side of the road. I am hoping that most of them take root and can't wait to see them in bloom.
 I bought two of these spathiphyllums aka giant peace lilies. I know they are slug and snail food but I plan to keep a sharp eye on them

 Got meself some Vanilla orchids woo hoo! I am going to try producing some vanilla!
 It is still bone dry and no rain as yet. This is our 15th week with no rain. My water bill was horrendous the last two months.
Dark clouds teasing
The Delonix regia is now beginning to show her colours  aka Royal Poincianna, flamboyant, gul mohur

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom day where gardeners around the globe show what is blooming in their gardens.  We are experiencing some very serious drought conditions and badly in need of some rain. The clouds are looking like rain but the wind is high and they are blown out to sea. We've had a few sprinkles but those quickly evaporate in the heat. To see what is blooming in other gardens please visit Carol at May dreams gardens
Have a great week and do a rain dance for me please.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Garden blogger's Bloom Day May 2014

 Frangipani rocks! The garden is filled with the sensous perfume of the frangipani aka plumeria trees in my garden.

 thorn less crown of thorns
 a maidenhair fern volunteer I found growing between the crown of thorns

 The rain lilies aka zephyrantes are now in bloom below the white mussendas

 We are still in a drought and haven't seen true rain for over two months. Only a few sprinkles here and there.
Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. Frangipani is the scent of the moment in the garden. I am so in love with them I will be  trying to make some essential oils with them. I am feeling very crafty after a visit to Miami Florida last month where I bought a load of crafty stuff to do from Michaels and Joann fabrics. 
To see more blooming gardens please take a trip over to Carol's maydreams gardens.
 Enjoy the rest of your week folks and please send us some rain!