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Man, what a wonderful day it has been!

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I was out for practically the whole day in the garden! I accomplished a lot considering I wasn’t working toward a deadline; it was see this, think about it, do it! Brilliant. For (my) record, let me list what I have done: 1. Southern border extended: To my surprise, one of my Cassia fistulas broke its tie to the cane (it’s a young plant of less than 2 years) and just collapsed on the ground! Needless …

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Budha Patch

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Oriental garden, originally uploaded by malyousif.The plinth is built and Buddha is gracing it with his presence. I’m glad that this phase is over now, the basic construction and infrastructure. Now I can really concentrate on the plants and to bring it to life. The observant amongst you would have noticed yet another name change to this patch! It is now officially “The Buddha Patch” which I think is much more appropriate and gives me …

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The Plinth

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A couple of things I really came to appreciate today: the first is the wealth of information available on the Internet, again, and the second is those manual labourers who we continuously take for granted! The story is this: I wanted to build a regular red-brick column/plinth in the Zen Garden onto which I would place my newly acquired Buddha. I brought a builder to survey the site this morning and he quoted me a reasonable …

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Zen Garden

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What I thought I would do as a rockery, demanded to be made into a Zen/Orental garden instead! Don’t look at me, it all started with the devil getting into my sub-conscience and demanding that I get some bamboo for the background. The only place I knew I was to get that bamboo was from Jannusan Exotics and that trip resulted in not only getting some tall Yellow Bamboo, but also Dwarf Buddha Belly Bamboo too …

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The Rockeraaaay

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The Rockeraaaay, originally uploaded by malyousif.That’s what I hope to make of this new patch. This is just the first phase completed this afternoon; enough sand has been moved into it I think, and the border made from cut branches off a conucarpus tree that fell over when it was rather windy last year. Tomorrow I’ll mix the peat moss, cow manure and run the drip-lines. …

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20 tonnes of sand need to be moved!

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20 tonnes of sand need to be moved!, originally uploaded by malyousif.I’m changing a part of the garden and adding a flower bed, the area is about 25 square meters and I intend to make a mound or two in it, so I ordered this pile of sand, all 20 tonnes of it and also 10x 40kgs bags of cow manure for the vegetable patch in preparation for the forthcoming season. All this needs to …

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‘Tis the Season

With the turn of wind and the breaking of the temperature over the last few days, it leaves no doubt in any Bahraini gardener’s mind that the new growing season has almost started! What a wonderful time it is too. This is the third year for us in our home and although the garden is far from being mature, I have certainly gained some experience in gardening, which means that I keep changing things around and …

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