There is very little shade in the garden, there is very little respite from the heat and very little rain, so I wasn't holding out much help for having a garden in Dubai.
However that didn't deter me, I purchased some seeds and compost from a local garden centre and thought I'd just give it a go. The marigolds and petunias sprouted through in 3-5 days and in the pot at the front of the picture are cacti.
Everyday we water the sand? Why, it's sand. If we don't then the slightest bit of wind picks up the sand and carries it into the house, down the back of our throats and it gets in just about everywhere. We were surprised to discover we actually had some grass in the back garden and after successfully trimming the shrubs they've started to flower again.
But there's this little patch of sand where nothing grows and it's near the front door, it looks sad and neglected, so this is where we are going to attempt to plants some flowers and we'll be reseeding the patch out the back also.
We've been saving the water cooler bottles and we'll use them as planters for strawberry plants and tomatoes, the seedlings have been pricked out and are now bedding plant sized so the transformation of the sand pit will commence shortly.