Sunday, 9 March 2014

Saturday on the road

Celebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day is: “Equality for women is progress for all”.  - See more at:
Celebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day is: “Equality for women is progress for all”.  - See more at:
Celebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day is: “Equality for women is progress for all”.  - See more at:

Yesterday........ a bright beautiful sunny day.........International Women's Day.

Google's doodle tribute to International Women's Day

Celebrated every year on March 8th, it has been in existence for 100 years....a day for us women to be proud of.  This year's theme "Inspiring Change."

With it being my jaunt day, I set off from home, not to attend any rallies, nor the Sandy Lane Gold Cup Horse Race 2014, but to check out an advertised sale at one of our local home centers.....what a BIGG disappointment.  They should have saved themselves the trouble of "trying" to have an "Under the Tent" sale, which usually means great discounts and low low prices.  The sale had none of these criteria, and the prices quoted could easily have been labeled "Keep the Items on the Shelf" prices.  Nothing was purchased by yours truly....obviously.

I stopped at the supermarket to recycle my bottles and do a little shopping before heading off to my girlfriend's house for an overdue visit.

It is always a treat to visit with her, because she has a garden filled with wonderful plants and herbs, and there is always something new to see.
It was impossible to take photos of all the fabulous-ness, because the sun was high in the sky and the glare was incredible, but here are a few fairly decent photos to whet your appetite.

 Bromeliad flowering away in a quiet shady corner

Crowns of thorns in various colours

Geraniums trailing over the pot

Various succulents mingling with more fancy bromeliads

Hydrangeas - yes she has accomplished the never before feat of having large flower head hydrangeas growing on this tropical island in the heat....incredible.

Beautiful blooming orchids.....I have this one too and it is a steady bloomer throughout the year

In the shade house....greenery every where
There is my girlfriend Joyce in the back pulling off spent leaves from a philodendron

Anthuriums nestled among coconut husks on the floor of the shade house

Some of her herbs and vegetables planted in plastic containers
A HUGE staghorn fern specimen attached to a mango tree

Cordylines,  Lady of the night, Ixoras, Mandevillas and Palms together have become family at the side of her home.
Lovely red heliconia at the entrance to the shade house
Red Chinaman's Hat in all its fiery glory

Gerberas - she loves gerberas but not many blooms today since the bed had just been thinned out for new specimens
Large pink Desert Roses
Thanks to her never-ending generosity, (Thank you Joyce!) I came away with several baby plants and cuttings to "hatch" for a new section in my garden.  The rains will be here soon, and I need to get a move on.

On the way home a much needed KFC drive-thru stop to purchase a scrumptious piece of chicken for you know who.

He has been a good boy for the entire week, and he deserved a treat after what he has been through this week.


  1. What a beautiful garden your friend has. She must have green fingers as well as thumbs. .... and Kentucky Chicken is a sure way to Mr Brown's heart. I'm sure he's forgiven you anyway but I bet he enjoyed his lunch.

    1. My friend Joyce is the proud owner of a very beautiful garden. Many of her plants were specimens donated by others, since she is so generous and has a heart of gold.
      She has purchased lots of her plant family too, like her various dessert roses and crown of thorns, but everyone gives her new specimens, especially if they are not doing well in their gardens, they pass them on to Joyce, who then seems to get them a mile high in no time.
      She really does have 10 green fingers.

  2. What a fabulous shade house! How does she keep her hydrangea happy in your heat?

    1. Tammy, I'm not sure how she does it, but there are always large flower heads and perfectly healthy plants around.
      The hydrangeas reside in pots under a large Christmas palm ....they seem quite contented there.

  3. What a wonderful garden and variety of plants. In Scotland many of my neighbours have huge hydrangea plants but I've never had any success. I have been nurturing some in pots and planted them out last summer. I can't wait to see how they have survived the winter and what they do this summer.

  4. I do hope your hydrangeas do well for you this year....looking forward to the photos.


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