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Desert Rose

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Desert Rose

Desert Rose, originally uploaded by malyousif.

This is the first time EVER this adenium flower, I’m so excited as the plants are actually in the garden in a bed rather than a pot where I usually have them.

I really hope they will also flourish.

I got a few of these as a generous gift by Dr. Jean who raised them from seed! A venerable feat to be sure.

Have a lovely weekend my friends.

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New Plumeria

I bought this new king of plumeria from a garden centre this morning and promptly found a place for it in my garden.

Plumeria

I have no idea what type of plumeria it is. You could clearly see that it’s leaves are a bit “weird” and unlike any frangipani I have seen before. The garden centre didn’t have the Latin name (of course) so it should be fun trying to properly identifying it. If you could help, please enter a comment with my thanks.

Have a wonderful and peaceful weekend my friends.

ehm: identified as Plumeria Pudica, reportedly one of the best you can get. I’ll reserve judgment for a while if you don’t mind. I’m pretty partial to most kinds of Plumerias so I’ll see how this one fairs.

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Cleome spinosa

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Cleome spinosa

Cleome spinosa, originally uploaded by malyousif.

This is an escapee. Yes it is!

I found this growing in the corner of the vegetable patch and seemed to be doing well enough. I told everyone to leave it alone (otherwise the gardener might have have pulled it out and threw it thinking it to be “kachra”!)

I noticed about a week ago that it was starting to bud, which meant that it was flowering soon and with that I might be able to identify it. I did this morning. I rooted through the collection of seed packets I planted last year and found it! It’s a Cleome spinosa aka “spider plant”.

Now that I know that it’s successful, I’ll wait for the seed pods and will plant them directly into the ground for next year.

Anyone want to exchange seeds of exotic plants?

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Friday: Alyssum and Banana patch

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This is possibly one of my laziest uploads. In truth, I wanted to label the “love-lies-bleeding” plant which I have grown from seed and then completely forgot that I planted it there! I hope it turns into a perennial as it is very pretty indeed!

We also harvested a bunch of bananas and chopped its mother plant down a couple of days ago. The bananas produced are HUGE. I’ll upload a picture of those tomorrow.

Oh, that’s the cat proving once again that he’s a house-cat. Running around (going berserk, rather) completely knocks him out and he turns into a panting ball of fluff who still defies being caught.

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday and I wish you well for the rest of the long weekend… Happy May Day too.

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Produce from my garden

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Produce from my garden

Produce from my garden, originally uploaded by malyousif.

It’s been the first time in quite a while that I have had the time (and inclination) to potter around in the garden, and you know what? I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What you see in the picture are some of the results of the vegetable patch; namely the last of the spring onions, a lonely remaining cabbage and a handful of chili peppers which I forgot that I had in there too!

I’ve removed quite a patch of mint which I suspect that I have to revisit and properly clean up as it has spread beyond the borders of the patch which made the whole place quite ungainly.

Once the vegetable patch was done, I decided to prune a few shrubs and trees; I started with a lantana that was threatening to take over another flower bed by the pool, then attacked a very young olive (the second I brought back from a recent trip to Italy). After dead-heading a few dwarf sunflowers (and saving the seedheads for next season) I cleaned up the two main hibiscus shrubs one in a small flower bed by the breakfast nook window and another by the living room.

Other plants I managed to prune and clean up today were the tacomaria, the queen of the night, a couple of ful, the outside bottle-brush and a few others here and there.

All in all, it was an excellent afternoon both for myself and my garden – I hope!

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Almost monochrome

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Almost monochrome

Almost monochrome, originally uploaded by malyousif.

Hardly any colour in the garden at the moment, but the new season is almost upon us and I have some new plans for my garden this year.

It’s gonna be hard and back breaking work but it should be worth it in the end…

Hey, it’s 888! Have a wonderful Friday my friends!

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Pomegranate from my garden

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Pomegranate from my garden

Pomegranate from my garden, originally uploaded by malyousif.

I’m not that of a fanatic when it comes to pomegranates, I do like them sometimes, but when it comes from your own garden the story is completely different of course!

Even when the thing is more sour than a lemon, it does taste delicious. At least the first few handfuls and then your eyes start blinking rather rapidly!

I like the pictures though. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend my friends.

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Why is it…

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that every time I wash the plants in the garden, the weather turns dusty again?

pisses me off! It was wonderful this morning. I did a lot of work in the garden; weeding, washing, cleaning, re-tying, and general fixing, but now looking out of the window, the bloody thing is turning ugly with dust being deposited on the bloody plants I took care to wash this morning.

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