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Mahmood's Garden - Shot on the morning of 20th June 2012

It’s almost the hight of summer here in Bahrain, but with some water, a lot of plants do thrive. Okay, green is the predominent colour at this time of year, but the textures and hues are still breathtaking. Take the time to enjoy life… thank me later!

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Cacti Flower

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Cacti Flower by malyousif
Since we fixed the drip line, they’ve all flourished (duh!) – Anyway, it’s their season to flower and some of my cactii in the Xeriscaped border are doing just that.

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The Devil’s Tongue is flowering

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The Devil's Tongue Barrel about to flower

The plants in the xeriscaped garden outside my house continues to flourish. I took this picture this morning as I noticed the wonderful buds starting to form on a very healthy looking Devil’s Tongue Barrel (Ferocactus latispinus). Have a look at these for its previous flowering. The almost plastic looking yellow and red flowers are simply stunning.

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The Adenium has a New Home

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Inspired by a picture of a huge adenium in flower I saw in a Facebook friend’s profile, and others I have seen on the Internet and comparing them with what I have in a pot, I resolved to plant it in the ground and let it grow.

I believe I got the right spot for it. It’s now planted by the front gate right in the middle of the oriental-style gravel patch. Here it is:

The Adenium has a new home
This is one of the pictures of a “free-range” adenium. While I’m not sure that mine will actually get to that size; or, probably more appropriately it won’t in my lifetime, but it’s nice to think that it will get a chance to reach its full splendor at some point.

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The Summer Annuals are In

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The petunias and geraniums were way past their best I knew, but I just didn’t have the time or inclination to do anything about them, yet they did need to be removed and that we did this morning.

So now, instead of the untidily flowering geraniums and petunias, I’ve planted three colors of gazanias and three colors again of selocias – cockscombs – to grace both sides of the front path. As you can see from these pictures, our efforts should be rewarded soon with a multicolored, multi-textured borders.

The annuals are in

The front path

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The Poinciana has flowered

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Penelope is on fire!

Only a couple of weeks ago this majestic tree adorning our front garden was bare. Naked. Unclothed. But within just a few days it has sprouted all of its leaves and buds which have now started to open up and, typical of this tree, started to shed the flowers all around it, sometimes making the lawn turn blood red with its lovely flowers.

Some would consider this tree very messy, we don’t mind at all. It’s a lovely sight and humans, animals and birds love it.

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Mohammedi Rose

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Mohammedi RoseI think this is a “single” Sultani or as they’re called locally “Mohammedi” Rose. It has a very nice scent. Unforutnately some bugs have taken a shine to these and other bushes in my garden and they’re chomping at the leaves and damaging flowers. I’ll take some advice from the botanists in the Budaiya experimental farms and hope that they’ll identify what needs to be done, if anything.

Do you have any idea what’s chomping at my plants?

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Oh them Bunny Tails

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Isn’t this gorgeous?

Bunny Tail Grass

I instantly fell in love with this plant when I saw its picture of a seed packet. Yes, I do fall in love easily, I admit, but this one is a bit different. And not so different at the same time. I love tall grasses and I have several clumps in the garden as well as outside the house, so I thought that this particular variety would add some good texture; the “tails”, as you can see, are particularly nice and they fill in the space they’re in very well.

To be honest, I didn’t think that they would survive, let alone thrive. Well, they’re doing very well so far and am looking forward to them surviving our punishing summer.

For now, I shall continue to enjoy them.

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Blooming Adenium

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Remember a couple of days ago I posted that I was ecstatic that the adeniums by the pond in the front garden were budding? Well, I noticed this morning that one of them has bloomed! Happy happy. Love the deep red of this one.

First Desert Rose / Adenium bloom

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