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A Moment in My Garden

A Moment in My Garden

A quick one minute video of my garden this morning. Hope you enjoy this short tour. With the weather changing, the frogs have returned to the pond. No idea where they were hiding all summer long!

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Time lapse video of the opening of a Caper Flower – Capparis spinosa

Time lapse video of the opening of a Caper Flower – Capparis spinosa

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I noticed another caper flower about to bloom this afternoon so I set up my iPhone 4s to capture a time-lapse movie and this is the result. I’m in love with this flower as it’s so exotic and its life is very limited, normally it lives for just one day, but in that day it brings joy to whomever is fortunate enough to see it. The ants, as you can see, love it too!

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Thriving xeriscaped border

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Xeriscaped Border

This is the only part of my garden that is truly thriving at the moment. The cacti and other plants are doing well in their border and the Devil’s Tongue Barrel seems to be readying itself for yet another flowering in the same season. But this time, I can see quite a number of buds being formed! So happy.

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Say hello to the Araucaria cookii

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Now that the sick palm is out, I decided not to replace it with another one. But I thought I would like to have a big tree there in any case, and as I’ve seen how beautiful the Araucaria looked in my neighbour’s garden, which is easily 15 meters tall, I’d go for that one too. Al-Bader on the Janabiya highway fortunately had a few in stock so I went there and got one. Here it is, happy in its new location so far.

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The Palm Tree is Out

The Palm Tree is Out

Quite a sad day today. We’ve had to have the palm tree removed. It didn’t show any recovery unfortunately, in fact if anything, it regressed as the canopy almost collapsed and the crown was tilting down, a sure sign of trouble. So I engaged a local guy with access to a high-lift crane mounted on a flat-bed to come and do the honors. They came with a couple of workers and had at it.

The problem was they expected it to be pulled out in a couple of hours. It actually took them more than double that time. What we discovered was that the tree was planted deep and its crown covered by at least a couple of feet, but what palms do apparently is simply sprout new roots! That meant that the guys were hacking not just at roots to free the tree, but hack away at solid trunk below the ground too. That took an awful lot of work, but in the end, its done. I’m not sure what to fill that new area with at the moment, but its early days yet.

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The garden this morning and some sad news

I noticed that one of the palms, the favorite, was looking a bit sickly yesterday when driving home. That wasn’t that far from the truth, unfortunately. The gardener was fearful that it might have died, so I asked him to call the “palm tree surgeon” whom I always use to take care of them. He had a good look and suggested that the dead new growth in the centre of the palm was due to them being impacted due to the date bunches whose weight might have broken off the new growth at their roots. I’m not sure I would go with that explanation, but I’ll go with it at the moment.

The remedy, he suggested, was to cut off all the centre new fronds and just wait. Hoping for the best.

Here are some more shots I took this morning.

Xeriscaped border Red Canna

Water lily Water lilies

Wishing you a fantastic Friday.


Update – Sat 23 Jun 2012

Unfortunately more bad news. The palm tree surgeon came over and cut the offending centre dead fronds only to find rot has set in, together with termites which have eaten away the core. He’s not very hopeful that it will survive but suggested we check it again in a couple of weeks if it lasts that long and take it from there. Here’s what we found:

I’ll start looking for a crane and crew to come and pluck it out of its place. Better be ready…

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The Devil’s Tongue has flowered!

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Have a look at this beauty my friends:

Flowering Devil's Tongue Barrel, Ferocactus latispinus

I went around to check on it this morning and there it was. Pretty in Yellow and pink and some shades in between. This is not the first time it has flowered of course, but since it’s been in the ground the flower this time is much bigger and it seems much prettier too. In fact, if you compare this with a picture I took in 2008, the difference is really stark.

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