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Water lilies

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Water lilies

Water lilies, originally uploaded by malyousif.

The water lilies seem to have settled in their new home. I’ve got three blooms at the same time now, makes me really happy – especially that these blooms are an affirmation that they didn’t suffer to much from the abuse I subjected their plant to when I decided to move it.

Have a wonderful Friday my friends.

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Sinecio Confusus (Mexican Flame Vine)

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I’ve had moderate success with this plant. It grows okay for a season or two and then gets either attacked by the mealy bug and dies, or just dies by itself.

Nevertheless, while it is alive and blooming, i am sure you will agree with me that this is a rather nice looking plant.

This time rather than planting it in the ground, I put it in a pot and placed it by the pool. Seems to like its location so far.

I bought this from Anne Al-Jalahma at the recent Farmer’s Market. She’s got a wonderful specimen in her nursery that is climbing a corner up a scaffold and it looks really gorgeous. I hope this one will grow to look like that one too.

Have a wonderful Friday my friends!

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Bubsheer

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Bubsheer

Bubsheer, originally uploaded by malyousif.

Dragonfly in my garden this morning flying around the pond which is surrounded by various kinds of sunflowers. The pond is also home to two frogs, so I don’t think that this fly will last long!

Still, dragonflies are considered harbingers of good luck in Bahraini culture. The name they are given locally is "bubsheer" – which literally means "father of good tidings"

So I hope this picture will bring you much luck and happiness this Friday and weekend, my friends.

Have a wonderful, safe and peaceful weekend.

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Breakfast

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Breakfast

Breakfast, originally uploaded by malyousif.

Rose-ringed parakeets come to our garden every morning for the breakfast we put out to them. They must like it very much and appreciate it as their numbers increased over time. They actually wait on the surrounding trees and make such a racket until one of us gets out and puts breakfast out!

But it’s something we really enjoy. They are fun to watch as we’re having breakfast!

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Amman

Amman, Jordan

Amman, Jordan, originally uploaded by malyousif.

Just arrived in Amman a few hours ago. This is a series of stitched shots from the window of my hotel room on the 20th floor which produced this panoramic vista

Quite a nice (and green!) city isn’t it? The last time I was here I got to see the city and walk up and down the streets whenever I had a chance. This time; however, I will be spending most of my time at the Dead Sea, so that should be another facet of Jordan that I am looking forward to discover.

Strange thing is; though, this is the first time ever I stay at a hotel that not only has tremendous security outside with metal detectors and x-rays, but also has a portable spectrum analyzer!

I was really surprised when the taxi stopped at the entrance and the driver rolled down his window only to get the security guy with the analyzer dangling around his neck to reach in, swab the steering wheel AND the hand of the driver! Only when the swab was tested and the machine didn’t beep were we allowed in.

Yes I feel safe in the hotel, thanks very much… but I’m not too sure about going walkabouts in Amman any more though!

update 080326: Here’s the same view taken at around 6.30 this morning without the afternoon sun spoiling the horizon.

Amman - Morning Panorama

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Building the orchid wall

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Building the orchid wallThe Orchid Wall - 2
Orchid Wall - 3

I bought quite a few orchids from the Thai stall in the recent Bahrain Int’l Garden Show, but as I was rather busy and had a trip abroad, I didn’t have a chance to do anything with them other than hang them on the light fittings in my study and leave some on the floor.

In the interim, I obviously gave them much thought as how to best display them and thought that it might be best hanging from a wall or a trellis. I had a really complicated design in mind with jute sacks and misting systems, but in the end, I opted for a very simple idea. Just a simple right-angle trellis and stand it at the entrance to my study!

I went to Manazil this morning and bought these wrought iron trellises, one is 7 foot while the other is 6 foot. I stood them next to each other and tied them together with tie-wraps to create a middle hinge. That worked fine, so the next thing to do is to actually arrange the flowers.

I hope you will see the end result from the next couple of pictures.

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend my friends.

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Orchids!

Orchids!

Orchids!, originally uploaded by malyousif.

Frances and I are just back from the Garden Show, and these babies are her present to me for my birthday tomorrow. I don’t care very much for the birthday as taking care of these over the next few months… I’ve got plans!! 😀

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

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