You'd think the ground would be as hard as rock, in this heat and with very little rain, but my garden is sand, just sand and as soon as you push down on the spade, the ground just gives way, so despite the heat it was really quick and easy to transplant the plants from the sandpit into their new homes.
The seeds are planted and this time they are labelled so no surprises and I'm having another go at growing sunflowers, sweet peas, nasturtiums and poppies. I've enjoyed recycling items around the home, including my old shopping bag and I'm going to feed the birds using seeds, peanut butter and toilet rolls.
I'm a little annoyed with the gardner, which I use in the loosest of terms, he comes 5 days a week, for an hour a day and rather than garden he sweeps, runs the hosepipe for most of the hour, washing things down and once a month, when we have it, he mows the grass. This week he decided to cut back all the neighbours bougainvillaea, which I was hoping to cultivate and have it growing over our side of the wall, it also provide good shade for some of my plants. The main advantage of having a gardener is that I can do whatever work I want, without having to clean up after myself.
While the seeds are growing I'm going to dig over the sand pit and rid it of all its weeds, before the next lot of planting, in the meantime it lights up at night with some outdoor lights, which I will be adding to.
We delayed investing in the garden as we needed to make sure our visas would be renewed by hubbies company at the end of the first year and that the house was available to rent for the 2nd year. our new contract doesn't include a rent increase for next year, so it is likely we'll stay put until the end of 2017.
It is still hot during the day, but the sun now disappears round the other side of the house by 11am daily, which gives plenty of shade for me to be able to sit out in, before it gets dark around 5.30pm so I can get chance to actually enjoy sitting in the garden, rather than working in it.
I paid a trip to Safa Park again this week, mainly to take photographs of the building works and the new canal, they started not long after we moved here. While I was there I decided to photograph some trees. The planting of them appears to be random and I love how the buildings soar upwards and the trees grow sideways.
This weekends plans involve investing in some adult sized gardening gloves, trying to buy some strawberry plants and decide what we are going to do with this patch of sand, currently used by the neighbourhood cats as a toilet. Top left of the photo is a pile of bricks, purchased by the previous tenants to pave the sand over, which we are thinking about doing, which would mean less water being used and we could use the area under the tree which does provide quite a bit of shade in the summer. I'm also off to the Miracle Gardens on Saturday to take a look at the new planting.