Gardening

The Final Garden Makeover !

And finally, I am absolutely delighted to share with all my blog friends my lovely garden!  From a dry barren sandlot, its taken a lot of sweat, love and perseverance to bring this change into lush green 🙂

And I love it !!!

To see the actual transformation and tutorial of the “growing grass process” perhaps, you’d like to visit Here

A lot of garden accessories were also transformed while we waited for the grass to spread. View them Here

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This is the house plan ~ so its easy to understand where the gardens are.

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The first thing I do in the morning is peep out of my bedroom window and this is the view that welcomes my morning. (We had a rain shower this morning)

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The above tree trunks have been with us for nearly 8 years now !! Someone had dumped them on the highway and ofcourse, they needed a home ! 🙂

In the picture below, these solar powered lamps are available at ACE hardware.  We’ve had ours for nearly 4 years and you just need to change the battery and clean the small solar panel on the head of the lamp and your ready to go !!

Inorder to keep the grass away from the Petunia, We have placed a large plastic/rubber tube ~ this goes into the ground nearly 1 foot. But it is an expensive buy.

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These bougainvillea have also seen many years with us and although they have thrown this beautiful pink pops all over the garden, for some reason they have not given a lot of leaves this year ! hmm ~ I wonder why ??

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That’s the wheel cart, that Daddy repaired below. The whole idea was to place the smaller round pots into the open space of the cart. But I rejected that decision and let it just add an ethnic look, instead.

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Remember the concrete Mushrooms ? To view the tutorial of how I made them, please visit  here.

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Little sofu, basking in the sun 🙂

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All these pots mainly carry seasonal flowers except some of them are beds for Zenia and Desert Rose.

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Here are some of the seasonal plants that we planted in the pots this December.  We bought scores and scores of these bright and happy seasonal flowers from Al Warsan. Most of them cost dhs 15 – 12 per dozen. Some however are more expensive.

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Most of the seasonals can be planted by late November and will bloom till around late April/Early May.

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That’s my precious xiora.

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White bougunvilae  always look so pretty, Isnt it ?

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This purple shrubby plant is mainly leaves but they do give out lavender colored flowers between January to Feb.

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One of the best quality of the bouganvilea is that you can actually mold it into your desired shape ~ like a topiary. Doesn’t this yellow one look like a bouquet ?

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And that’s all ! Rains in Dubai are an absolute blessing so I wanted to end this post with a picture of what the front yard looks like after a lovely shower 🙂

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I hope you are inspired to try out alittle gardening this year. If you find so many flowers and plants overwhelming, just try out with 3 or 4 planters and some shrubs, Aloe vera or Desert rose and see how that grows ~ shrubs are resiliant and can adapt with very little water so you really cant go very wrong with them.

As for me, the real test begins now !! Now that we are looking at four awfully hot months 😦   But lets not go there, just yet 😦

When I was growing up, both my mom and my grandma had green thumbs so as much as I didn’t really bother about gardening or looking after plants, I guess, it came naturally once I got married 🙂  I am not a professional at gardening by any means, I used to read a lot of books when I had started balcony gardening, initially around 10 years back ~ kept learning by trial and error and I am thankful for all those mistakes coz it made me a wiser gardening person, today.

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