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It’s that time of year when we take back our garden and own the outside space of our home.   We maintain our small garden to give us pleasure all year from the window looking out, but during autumn and spring it offers us a more tangeable pay-back.

This post is a collection of images taken in the past few days.  It’s a small space with many users.

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The world is a funny place.  When I took these photos, I didn’t imagine that tomatoes would be the hot news topic in Kuwait!  During our stay in London, my wife’s best friend visited us and gave us a cherry-tomato plant.  My daughter, Noor, loves cherry tomatoes… Always has done.  We placed it in a shielded bright spot and tied the long branches to secure them.

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عيدكم مبارك و تقبل الله طاعتكم

I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Eid.  May Allah’s blessings follow you always.

This is my first attempt in a local photography competition.  I’ve tried a couple of times online (National Geographic and British Airways’ HighLife magazine) but this time I had to provide prints, which somehow made it feel more real.  I read about the competition on Mathai’s blog some time ago.  The deadline is tomorrow, so if you’re interested you will need to hurry up. Link.

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As terrible as it sounds, I am pleased that – starting tomorrow – I can have the only thing I miss in Ramadan: a good coffee in the morning.  I haven’t had time to take a photograph for Eid.  I do hope that you like this close up of a Habiscus flower.   The shot was taken in April this year at my mother’s garden.

Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones.  I hope all your prayers are answered.

تقبل الله طاعتكم و عيدكم مبارك

A couple of weeks ago, I bought what in my opinion is the queen of Nikon lenses. The Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 is my first fixed lens  – which I always thought were for grown-ups – and I’m still getting used to it. I’ve been spoilt by the choice a zoom lens offers – with this lens I have to move a little more which is a great way to learn more about composition.  

Whilst I find myself bopping my head back and forth like a chicken, the results are best described as graceful.  For my non-photographer friends, a lens with these credentials, of a low f stop and Nikon quality, would cost thousands of dollars.  For some reason, this particular one – which not so different in quality especially for non-professionals – is probably the best value for money out there.  I love it and highly recommend it.

I took these shots this morning.  Click for the larger versions.

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This time last year, I saw an interesting medium-sized tree at Mishref co-op with strange flowers all over it.  I think we need more flowering trees in Kuwait. 

I didn’t know its name, and usually at this point I would have taken a small cutting. However, there were a few boys playing there and I didn’t want to encourage any plant attacks…  In May last year, I described it to a man at the garden centre  – olive leaves and saffron flowers was my description – and he gave me a small shrub.  I was convinced it was the wrong one – but I’m so glad I trusted him. 

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With the weather conditions finally changing, I have made my biannual change to the front flower beds.  Previous heroes have been marigolds and patunias.  This year I’m trying these beautiful Zenias. 

They come in red and pink but this yellow/orange is, in my opinion, the brightest.  As long as the heat doesn’t return, and we don’t get frost in the winter, these should last until spring. 

  

I love the mini flowers within.

DSC_6972 by you.

With the unrelenting summer heat, I thought it’s time to cool down the pages.  I found this photograph I took of the gardenia last spring in the rain.

With all the dust in the air and the horrible weather, I’m posting this photograph taken in our garden in May.  I can’t wait for clear/clean air!

I filled the inside corner of the garden with this “Flower of Beauty” and it’s in a hurry to flower and show-off.

In my numerous trials/errors, this Gardenia was and is a success. The flowers are many, the look and scent are amazing and the plant is green year-round.

Almost too good to be true for this part of the world.