Wednesday 11 September 2019

Creating a Garden in the Desert in Summer in Dubai

Summer in Dubai is hot, don't let this fool you. It was 30c at 7am and the fog means you can't actually see more than 500ms.

1pm in the desert and car temp on leaving the dog park. it took 20 mins to get home with air con on and the temp dropped only to 48c, it was actually 44c outside.

And don't forget the humidity

So this all means we don't sit outside in the garden day or night, we go outside only for short periods of time and we shower and change clothes after most trips out.

The garden suffers, surprisingly due to the humidity it means there is lots of moisture in the air and we water late at night.

 Midday sun, in fact most the day there is very little shade

Some shade in the afternoon briefly when the sun is blocked by the house for a few hours

Early morning shade

Despite us living in the desert out cactus does need watering still and we do so with a slow drip feed

I bring the chair pod in for the summer to protect it from the sun and so I can use it

I brought these flowers back with me from the UK, they were from family and friends for my birthday. This is after the flight, sadly the air con in the house meant they didn't make it through the night

Surprise sunflower in the garden on my return

Climbing plants have faired well

Our cactus had a baby

Some rare time outside, but the dog will insist on going out so to ensure he doesn't over heat and I don't forget him, I sit out there with him.

Local date trees. Did you know these palms need 40ltrs of water a day to fruit

The occasional clouds, very rarely does it rain during summer

Been away for 3 weeks, the grass has grown

The sand sweeping is back on again, it's the bane of my life, gets in the house also

Climbing plants need more water than Peter was giving them

The outside/communal areas really need tidying up, but they do provide additional shade for the garden and the house

A thunder storm over head, looked promising but came to nothing, 5km further inland it chucked it down

So there's our garden for the summer, I'm back in the UK now and Peter will join me for the last 3 weeks, there's no one to water the garden so it'll be interesting to see what survives with the humidity levels dropping also


  1. How interesting. I don't think I could function in that heat, even with hiding inside. I was done in with the mini heatwave we had over here weeks ago. lol
    Your garden does well considering it's practically a desert. x

    1. this current UK weather is just perfect for me, due to the humidity the garden is soaking wet every night as there is so much moisture in the air

    2. I've been loving the UK weather this past week, but it's raining now and the humidity has dropped back in Dubai, so looking forward to actually enjoying the sun

  2. Hi Suzanne, whilst we have had temperatures in the mid 40Cs, it is a rare occurrence for which I am thankful for. We are still reaching daytime temperatures into the mid 30Cs, but the nights are cool so it's bearable.... What is it with dogs and the heat. A couple of ours will lie out in the full midday sun in August, the same two dogs that sit so close to the fire in winter I wonder how their noses don't melt on the cast iron!... Seeing your slow drip water dispenser made me smile, I do the same. A case of great minds think alike I hope?... Having to face that sand everyday would do my head in. In May we do get sandy rain from coming from Africa and it leaves everything covered in a thin layer of orange sand and is a nightmare to clean away properly... Your trust cactus will be alive I'm sure.


    1. Thankfully with the humidity we don't get the sand blowing around at this time of year and everything gets a good soaking with all the moisture in the air. The cactus could really do with being in the ground and not a pot, but it's on the balcony and a mammouth job to move

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  4. Congratulations on your cactus baby :) And persisting in the heat & humidity. thanks for linking with the Garden Year

    1. thank you, should be the right temp when i get back to sort the garden out for winter to sit in and enjoy

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