The date: 21st August 2017 has finally arrived . . . the day of the Total Solar Eclipse; when the moon passes between earth and the sun. And with all the warnings about blindness, and other precautions given, we were somewhat happy that today turned out to be a cloudy day in Jamaica.The sun played… Read More We Had A Partial Solar Eclipse
We’ve always wanted a lemon tree (Citrus limon Burm. f.) around our home; we’ve had grapefruits, limes, and oranges, but no tangerines or lemons. Lemons are good for us and they are a good source of potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Luckily for us a few baby lemon trees began growing in our flower… Read More Four Feet Tall Lemon Sapling
It’s the last day of February, and I must say that the first two months of 2017 have flown by just like that. I had promised myself to visit our hillside, and this morning I did just that. The sunshine was nice and warm and our Moringa oleifera trees were putting out their white blossoms.… Read More The Last Morning In February
The gungo peas trees growing on our hillside have flowered, and very soon we’ll be eating our very own gungo peas. Gungo peas are actually Pigeon peas (Cajanus cajan) – a legume which we cook in our meals around this time of year. The peas can be eaten fresh or dried, and is ideal (along… Read More We’ve Got Gungo!
We’ve been getting rains everyday now, and sometimes we get intermittent showers for at least five times for the day. We did not have a single period of dry spell in Jamaica for 2016 (so far), hooray! With these frequent showers, it is quite damp around our home, and chilly too! This dampness equals mushrooms… Read More Dampness = Growing Mushrooms
My gardening chore today was to re-pot a few Zamioculcas zamiifolia (zz) plants which we propagated on our balcony. We have several young plants growing in one flower pot.ZZ plants are hardy plants, and their green, oval-shaped leaves – which have a waxy, shiny coating, makes them attractive enough to brighten any room, or garden.… Read More Planting ZZ’s
We got a gift of a dwarf June Plum tree, and we are most grateful for it. Today the boys planted it where the grapefruit tree used to be at the front corner of our yard.The June plum tree (Spondias dulcis) normally grows to heights of over 60 ft, but the dwarf June plum tree… Read More Planting A Dwarf June Plum Tree