Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 Spring has Sprung ! Get your Spring blooms to brighten your garden and patio. Mingle with fellow gardeners, learn how to make a 3 pot planter from an old standing fan base. Learn about Butterfly gardening and the plants that attract them. See an aquaponic system at work. Spend a day in the country! Local delicacies on sale as well as Fresh juices like mango, passion fruit and tamarind by the bottle. Saturday April 15th and Sunday April 16th 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day Feburary 2017

 Chinaman's hat

 Yellow Kalanchoe
 Red Kalanchoe

 White Lisanthus
Pitaya aka Dragon fruit

raspberry ice bougainvillea
Coral bougainvillea

 Garlic vine in bloom

Tree orchid
 Hello and welcome to GBBD  where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens.  We are officially into our dry season, however  there were some showers last night and today. Temperatures dropped to a low of 23C last night. The mornings are a cool 25-26C and the plants and I are enjoying it.  
Seeds are being sown for my Spring fling some time in April. To see more blooming gardens please visit Carol at may dreams gardens  Have a great week folks!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day January 2017

Queen of Siam waterlily
mixed blue
Blue capensis with six flowers
Mona lavender ( plectrantus) I am nuturing.
Cypress vine (ipomea quamoclit) that came as a weed with a plant I bought. This can be seen growing wild along country roads here on the island and blooms around this time of year.
Red kalanchoe now in bloom.

Mamey sapote (pouteria sapota) doing well after the heavy rains we've had. This one was planted approximately 4-5 years ago. This is a popular fruit in many of the islands especially Cuba and Florida.
Chocolate pudding tree (diospyros nigra) doing nicely. Not very well known on the island.
Longan (dimocarpus longan) a popular fruit related to the lychee. It is grown by many rare fruit enthusiasts in South Florida and very common in Asia. This was planted around 4-5 years ago. It took a while to become established and am hoping to see some fruit soon.

Hello and welcome to garden blogger's bloom day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. Many gardens up north are under snow unless you live in Florida. The UK has been hit with some heavy snowstorms and am sending warm wishes hoping that there is very little damage.  To see more blooming gardens please go on over to Carol's garden at May dreams garden
Have a great week folks! 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Easy bread recipe

This is an easy bread recipe anyone can make at home quickly.  Try it out and let me know the results. I made these this morning for breakfast and it went well with the ham.
 4 cups of plain flour 
1 pkg (11grams) of instant yeast
 1 cup of water
 1 tsp of salt
 1tbsp of olive oil
 Add flour to food processor bowl add salt to flour and pulse processor for a few seconds to mix salt. Sprinkle yeast in 1 cup of tepid water leave for 10 minutes add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to yeast mixture and start processor. Gently pour mixture to the dry ingredients. Do not run the processor continuously or you will damage it, just in bursts of a few seconds until the dough is formed.

 Remove from processor onto a floured counter top. Knead gently until dough is smooth. Pour a little olive oil into a bowl and coat the sides and bottom. Take the dough and allow the oil to coat it.  cover with plastic wrap and towel and leave to rise until the size is doubled, about 1/2 an hour in the tropics.

When dough has doubled divide into two onto floured counter and roll into long loaves and put onto greased tins. I used baguette tins. Cover and leave for another 30mins until they have risen to nearly double.
with a sharp knife slash the top with several  cuts and brush on a beaten egg.
Sprinkle your favorite seeds onto the top, I used poppy and fennel.
Place into an over 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until brown.
Remove from oven and  and let sit for a few minutes then remove from tins to cool. Bon app├ętit!
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day October 2016

The rains came three weeks ago with Matthew being a young tropical system who later grew into a cat 4 hurricane that devastated Haiti and the Bahamas.

The water receded 2 days after and the ground is still damp in some areas.
These doves hunkered down during the storm in my frangipani trees.
My lone dragon fruit and first from this vine

It weighed a pound  and the taste was similar to a kiwi.
Passion fruits and Barbados cherries are in season.  The cherries make a delicious juice and they freeze well.

Orchids on tree stump finally blooming.
The latest family member rescued from the roadside one rainy night. My little pumpkin is blind with cataracts in both eyes. He is doing well but hasn't yet joined the pack. I was looking for a forever home for him BUT he is so loving and sweet I might find it really hard to let go.

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. It has been very hot and still. Some rain but still not enough to fill our aquifers for next year. We are hoping that more will come our way. To see more blooming gardens please go over to  May dreams gardens  
Have a great weekend folks.