I shot this film this morning before work. Just had a chance to edit it. Loving the cottage garden feel of this year’s planting. Enjoy this one minute of peace and beauty.
The gardening season is about to start in Bahrain and I can’t wait for the weather to change for the better. However, it pays to prepare; hence, I share with you how I built my seed nursery and some gotcha’s that will help you avoid some of my mistakes. (hint: don’t over complicate things!)
As you know, we went out last weekend and grabbed a few things for the garden. We picked up five small bushes because their flowers and shape drew us. Unfortunately the garden nursery staff didn’t know the actual name of the plant.
This is not the first time that I got a plant that I didn’t know the name, and yes, I know it’s quite important to do so in order for you to conduct basic research to know the needs of the plant. How else do you expect something to thrive if all you know about it is that it’s green and flowers from time to time?
My go-to method of identifying a plant is to ask. Of course. But before doing that, what I’ve found pretty effective is to take a picture of the leaves or flowers (or both) and upload it to Google Image Search. Just click the camera icon in the search field, select the upload tab and upload your image. I find higher resolution bigger images work best. In most cases, I get a close enough match to help me drill down further to eventual identification.
This is what I’ve done this morning with these new bushes. I noticed that their flowers open in the morning, so I snapped a quick picture on my way to the car this morning, came to the office, uploaded it and started the search. It wasn’t very long that I was led to the plant’s Turnera subulata Wikipedia page.
Thank you very much Google for making our live’s easier!
How do you go about identifying your plants? Do you have any tips and tricks you can offer? Please share your knowledge.
Alright guys. I went out this morning and got the material to build my nursery. I’ll put it together this afternoon and it will be the subject of a future episode.
I also took the opportunity to buy some plants: a fig tree, a cheeko tree, an adenium, an indoor fern and a few flowering shrubs. I’m not yet sure where I’ll plant some of those yet, but I’m sure I’ll figure that out by this afternoon.
My wife complains that our small garden is over-run with trees. I agree, but I can’t help myself. I particularly wanted a couple of fruit trees, so I when I saw the chikoo tree (or sapodilla as some call it) I thought I’d give it another go. I did have one before but that only produced a single fruit before I yanked it out. I thought this time I’d position it in the front garden where it’s a bit cooler and shadier and where I hope it’ll have a better time. This plant is grafted and the garden centre guy assures me that it will be easy to grow. Let’s hope so. I love chikoo fruit. I’ll keep you updated.
Another tree I bought is a fig. This time at the behest of my wife. She loves figs and as it’s her birthday tomorrow I can say no now can I? We had another fig and it did do well, except that the rose-ringed parakeets love it so much that they would not let even unripe fruit to stay on the tree. They kept eating whatever it produced. We didn’t complain. We like parakeets. Unfortunately, they all bug disappeared since 2011. No idea why. Maybe this will bring them back. I’ll keep you updated on this one as well.
Recently I removed a bunch of coffee plants I used for ground cover along the side of the garage. They were denied water because someone screwed around with the irrigation system and didn’t have the courage to fess up, noting that this was the doing of a so-called garden maintenance company is doubly worst. Anyway, their action left the garden dry for a few days, a fact that I noticed immediately on my return from a brief trip abroad. Needless to say, they got fired immediately. Today I bought a few shrubs to replace the coffee plants. I have no idea what they’re called. The garden centre guy – bless him – just jotted down a name which has no relation to reality. That gives me the chance to dig around the internet to try to identify the plant. I’ll post pictures of their leaves and flowers soon, maybe you can help?
My wife also notice a beautiful double adenium. Light pink. Really nice. We got that one too, but as it’s flowering at the moment I won’t bother repotting it. I’ll just put the plastic container in a nice pot as a temporary measure until it’s ready to be re-homed.
What are you up to this week in your garden?
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.
This climber wasn’t doing very well in a pot and it hardly flowered. I moved it into the ground last year and it seems to be happy there. After the initial shock, it’s now flowered quite nicely, much more than any time before and its scent is gorgeous in the early evening.
Here’s the full plant, actually two. There is one planted at each leg of the arbour:
This is the first year that that Poinciana actually flowers in this profusion. After 5 years, I guess it finally feels that it’s mature enough to do so!
It covers the front garden with its petals that every morning the area around it glows with oranges, reds and yellows of its petals.
Happy Friday everyone.