Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Busy at the homestead

 Sabinea carinalis aka Pride of Dominica  in bloom at the Rustic Bajan Garden. This shrub thrives in drought like conditions and is a great plant for xeriscaping.
 Pride of Dominica is the national flower of the island of Dominica.
My Vanilla bean orchid has grown up the side of my tool shed and onto the roof. A papaya tree has sprung up in the orchid pot.
Pink petunias

 The pergola posts were replaced a few weeks ago with larger posts and since the top was in need of repair I decided to put a metal roof on. It will be a great place to dine when finished. The cinder block floor that was becoming uneven so I suggested to hubby to cast a concrete one. So the blocks were taken up and the  new floor was cast.


 To keep costs down I opted for a shed roof  instead of a gable  even though I would have preferred a gable roof. Now we will be dining alfresco amongst the water lilies! Parrrrteee!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day January 2016

 Gerbera daisy
 Papaya, passion fruit and some sour oranges from the garden.

 Hello and welcome to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day  where gardeners around the globe show what is blooming in their gardens.  We are still going through a drought and things do not look good for my island home. Even if we get the rains at this late stage it will not help us for this year. Our water is sourced from underground aquifers and it takes many months for surface water to fully penetrate to refill these underground aquifers. 
To see more blooming gardens please  go over to Carol's garden at may dreams gardens .
 Wishing everyone peace and happiness in this tumultuous world.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloomday December 2015

Poinsettias in a tin pot
 pallet love vertical gardens

Renown UK Landscape Architect, Author and Garden Tour organizer  Heidi Howcroft came by to visit whilst on the island last week.
Season's Greetings and welcome to GBBD where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their garden. Still no rain and things are looking grim for 2016.  I have started making garden arbours for sale. This one is a seated arbour made of treated pine. It is available in natural , red cedar and green. If interested just drop me a line or visit Garden Spaces on Facebook. To see more blooming gardens please visit Carol at May dreams gardens. Have a great week !

Monday, November 30, 2015

Weekend Ramble

  Eye candy for sale Chrysanthemums and crown of thorns.

 Dianthus and Gallardias also on sale

 An early morning visitor that freaked me out. A giant heron it looks like appeared and has been turning up for the past two mornings looking for some food. It has a wingspan of 6 ft or so and is about 3 ft tall.

I had another garden Ramble over the weekend and I would like to thank all those of you who attended. I met a follower of my blog who lives in the UK and Barbados. She was excited to attend because most of the time she can only read about the event. Thank you Anita it was such a pleasure meeting you.  Linda Lewis and her group of friends came by and it was a joy to see a FB friend in person. I was told by many who attended, that this should be a regular event during the year and I plan to do that next year.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Garden Ramble plant and craft market this weekend

Tutorial on making curry with the herbs from the garden.
Tutorials on how to make garden luminaries and planters from everyday household containers.

Enjoy some bajan delicacies and fresh fruit juices all home grown. Come mingle with other gardeners and plant lovers. Exchange ideas , meet new friends learn a craft and learn about butterfly gardening. Come on over relax and enjoy the day or the weekend ! Parking available at the Rubis gas station. Don't forget to bring your camera!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day November 2015

 Yellow and white Chrysanthemums
Pink  Chrysanthemums
 Adenium obesum aka Desert Rose
 Oxalis spiralis
It is hard to say good bye to these Picobella petunias
 Amaranthus illumination

 Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens.

 We have had some rainy days last week but still not enough to fill our reservoirs for next year.  My friends up North are now preparing for their winter season and we down here are hoping for more rain and cooler weather.
To see more blooming gardens please go over to Carol's garden at 
Have a great week my friends!