Microclimates

30 Apr, '12

Front Garden - South

One would be forgiven to think that in a garden as small as mine that distinct climates exist in its different parts. I know the pictures make it look big, but trust me on this, it’s less than 700 square meters in total area. The garden is divided in three parts; here, you see the Southern part of the garden and it has traditionally been the warmer part. This is due to the neighbour’s high perimeter wall and its sheltered nature too.

Here, the warm-climate loving plants thrive. The two plumerias you see here framing the path grew from almost mere sticks to be the giants they are today. And it is only six or so years since I planted the two Cassia Fistulas you see in the background. The ixoras particularly like this part of the garden, as do the passion fruit climber in the background. The rest, well, they’re annuals of all sorts, the one you see behind the ixora is the lovely purple variety of datura.

Forgive the length of the grass in this picture. It is done on purpose as I have recently sanded and re-seeded the whole lawn with bermuda grass seed and it’s coming along quite nicely. I’ve cut the grass once about ten days ago and don’t want to disturb the young shoots again for another few days. The lawn was quite tired after eight years and was about to give up, which required this drastic intervention. I’m glad that the bermuda grass is taking hold now and I hope that it will bring back the lawn to its full former glory.

How are you keeping your lawn pristine and lush in Bahrain? Do you have any particular tricks you employ to keep it good? I’d love to hear from you.

Have a lovely May Day holiday.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Hi Mahmood,

    I have been looking at your pictures of your beautiful garden with delight. Having recently moved from the UK to Bahrain I have been struggling to know what to do with my postage sized barren garden. I would welcome any advice you have for me about what sort of plants will grow well in this climate and how to feed and look after them and also any nurseries you can recommend I visit. So far my favourite is Cypress Gardens on Budaiya Highway.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Michelle

    • mahmood says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for stopping by. This is the right time to think of garden design as the weather is changing and soon all the nurseries will have good annuals to plant. There are many nurseries you can visit, but the best is The Garden Nursery in Barbar followed by Al Bader on the Janabiya highway and Aida which is next to Al Bader.

      Regarding what to plant; there are many! I suspect if you look at some of my pictures you will guess what works. Alternatively, plan for some fun and frustrations if you opt for the more exotic. If you would describe the size of the garden plot you have and its orientation, I might be able to better advise. However, the very first thing to think of an enact in any garden in Bahrain is an effective irrigation system!

      Good luck and enjoy!

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