Sunday, May 12, 2013

The garden

Like anywhere else in Dubai, when you move into a villa, you need to sort out your garden yourself. For instance, when our neighbours moved back to their home country, five gardeners spent a couple of days literally tearing the garden apart as you are not even allowed to leave it for the next tenant. I find that very strange, not to mention the waste of money and beautiful plants! Luckily, they could give away most of their trees and other plants but the paver bricks were all removed and the irrigation system as well.
Anyways, when we moved in, everything around the house was sand. It took us a while to actually decide what to do with our garden. We opted for putting paver bricks on the front side where we have our outdoor furniture and a small fire pit (previously a washing machine drum...) and on the back side, hubby wanted to plant a small forest. I was very much in doubt when he actually did plant a bunch of little green plants that they eventually would grow up to large trees. We waited another year to put in grass in the backyard and the kids used it a gigantic sandpit to dig various holes and sand castles.
Finally, a few years later, we have now both irrigation (and it did wonders to our little forest) and grass at the back. Hubby bought some grapes and they are growing every day with large, green grapes waiting to ripe. Not quite sure how they will taste but we shall see. Hubby is also very fond of growing chili fruits (as I have mentioned before) and has collected various samples from his trips. We also have dill, beans, tomatoes, corn, water melon, strawberries and various flowers of course (I am crap at gardening so not quite sure what their names are but they are beautiful!).
Since hubby put a sail over the front terrace, we can still sit outside without melting away in the sun

Bouganvillea and another yellow flower that is climbing all the way up to our bedroom window

Hubby's forest project

Gorgeous grapes!

Chili plants in their pots
 Even if the days are quite hot, it is still wonderful to sit outside in the evening, listening to birds, cars passing by, kids playing on the streets... Even if I'm not a garden person at all, I do appreciate our garden, especially for the kids and that it gives us an extra "room" in the summer. Hubby is keeping himself busy between flights with all his vegetables and it is amazing to see how it grows! Who would imagine that, in the middle of the desert!

16 comments:

  1. Er trädgård och terrass ser verkligen trevlig ut! Men vilket konstigt system att man inte kan ta över trädgården från föregående hyresgäster...

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    1. Tack Christian! Javisst ar det markligt men sa typiskt Dubai. Tjana mer pengar pa folk ar allt vad det handlar om tyvarr!

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  2. Så himla fin och mysigt den ser ut trädgården/terassen! Detta är något jag verkligen kan sakna med NYC. Att vi inte har ens en balkong. Men men, man kan inte få allt om man inte är miljonär... ;-)
    Ni kommer iallafalll kunna ha otroligt många fina stunder i er trädgård och på er terass!
    Kram!

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    1. Tack! Ja, jag alskar denna tradgard och forsoker tillbringa sa mycket tid det gar utomhus, nar det inte ar alltfor varmt vill saga! Ungarna kan enkelt springa in och ut och leka!
      Kram!

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  3. Lustigt att allt måste jämnas med marken mellan varje hyresgäst, helknasigt!

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    1. Japp helt knepigt system men ett satt att tjana mer pengar for landscapers och landlords. Tycker det ar sa onodigt att behova riva upp allt for att nagon manad senare gora om allt igen...!

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  4. Your garden looks so beautiful! We're considering growing chili plants on our balcony. maybe you can share some tips and tricks? :)

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  5. Man borde ju åtminstone kunna fråga om nästa hyresgäst vill ta över. Hur som helst så ser det ut som om ni fått det jättehärligt!

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  6. Your garden looks so well kept and in order :) We have a small herb, fruits and vege patch at the back too. Today infact my Indonesian helper used chilies from our own garden to cook a spicy prawn dish and yes, it was spicy indeed LOL! We have also grape, apple and passion fruit that are growing slowly, we planted them from scratch (seeds). baby tomatoes are doing well, not as sweet as I would love them to be but fine. The rest are lemon grass, pandan leaves, basil, rosemary and ginger root. They are not much but watching them grow and sampling the result is simply thrilling LOL!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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    1. Your garden sounds amazing! Would love to have leomon grass and pandan leaves, where do you find them and how do you grow them? My hubby loves spicy food and uses the chilies for stews or simply for making chutney or slicing them up in vinegar (like the ones you get in Singapore with every meal!)! I am not a garden person myself but I do love watching it all grow and of course, eating it! :)
      I have not tried the Noodle Factory, will have to now when you mentioned the seafood laksa!!!

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    2. Pandan leaves was smuggled into Dubai (LOL) by my mother. But I have to say the leaves are not as healthy as back home. As for lemon grass, you can buy fresh ones from the market and simply stick it/them in the pot filled with potting soil, viola! It will start breading after a while but again, not as fat and healthy as back home. My back yard is looking like a small jungle now, I told my helper, "Don't you go trying to grow some rice or something, back here" hahaha!

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    3. Thanks! Will buy lemon grass as I love it! Hubby got really interested in the pandan leaves so maybe next time he is travelling! Your garden seems lovely, feel free to share any tips!! My maid is growing some Filipino beans and they are really yummy so I will give her more free hands (but no rice hahahaha)! x

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    4. Yup, it started with my maid's initiative too. I showed my husband the picture of your grapes and he was like "Whoa!" It is cool that your husband wants to do something in betwen flights, mine would hit the gym more LOL! Now he's busy with his course as a Trainer so no gym, no garden!

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  7. Thanks! Hubby is so proud of his garden and he truly enjoys it. It is a great thing as you say for them between flights! Good luck to your hubby with his trainer course! Mine just finished his upgrade in January so we are glad that is over! xx

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