The Final Garden Makeover !

And finally, I am absolutely delighted to share with all my blog friends my lovely garden!  From a dry barren sandlot, its taken a lot of sweat, love and perseverance to bring this change into lush green πŸ™‚

And I love it !!!

To see the actual transformation and tutorial of the “growing grass process” perhaps, you’d like to visit Here

A lot of garden accessories were also transformed while we waited for the grass to spread. View them Here

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This is the house plan ~ so its easy to understand where the gardens are.

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The first thing I do in the morning is peep out of my bedroom window and this is the view that welcomes my morning. (We had a rain shower this morning)


The above tree trunks have been with us for nearly 8 years now !! Someone had dumped them on the highway and ofcourse, they needed a home ! πŸ™‚

In the picture below, these solar powered lamps are available at ACE hardware.  We’ve had ours for nearly 4 years and you just need to change the battery and clean the small solar panel on the head of the lamp and your ready to go !!

Inorder to keep the grass away from the Petunia, We have placed a large plastic/rubber tube ~ this goes into the ground nearly 1 foot. But it is an expensive buy.


These bougainvillea have also seen many years with us and although they have thrown this beautiful pink pops all over the garden, for some reason they have not given a lot of leaves this year ! hmm ~ I wonder why ??


That’s the wheel cart, that Daddy repaired below. The whole idea was to place the smaller round pots into the open space of the cart. But I rejected that decision and let it just add an ethnic look, instead.


Remember the concrete Mushrooms ? To view the tutorial of how I made them, please visit  here.

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Little sofu, basking in the sun πŸ™‚


All these pots mainly carry seasonal flowers except some of them are beds for Zenia and Desert Rose.


Here are some of the seasonal plants that we planted in the pots this December.  We bought scores and scores of these bright and happy seasonal flowers from Al Warsan. Most of them cost dhs 15 – 12 per dozen. Some however are more expensive.


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Most of the seasonals can be planted by late November and will bloom till around late April/Early May.


That’s my precious xiora.


White bougunvilae  always look so pretty, Isnt it ?


This purple shrubby plant is mainly leaves but they do give out lavender colored flowers between January to Feb.


One of the best quality of the bouganvilea is that you can actually mold it into your desired shape ~ like a topiary. Doesn’t this yellow one look like a bouquet ?


And that’s all ! Rains in Dubai are an absolute blessing so I wanted to end this post with a picture of what the front yard looks like after a lovely shower πŸ™‚


I hope you are inspired to try out alittle gardening this year. If you find so many flowers and plants overwhelming, just try out with 3 or 4 planters and some shrubs, Aloe vera or Desert rose and see how that grows ~ shrubs are resiliant and can adapt with very little water so you really cant go very wrong with them.

As for me, the real test begins now !! Now that we are looking at four awfully hot months 😦   But lets not go there, just yet 😦

When I was growing up, both my mom and my grandma had green thumbs so as much as I didn’t really bother about gardening or looking after plants, I guess, it came naturally once I got married πŸ™‚  I am not a professional at gardening by any means, I used to read a lot of books when I had started balcony gardening, initially around 10 years back ~ kept learning by trial and error and I am thankful for all those mistakes coz it made me a wiser gardening person, today.

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I hope you have a beautiful and safe week ahead of you πŸ™‚


  1. Your garden is absolutely beautiful and I still love those mushrooms. We are in Connecticut and it is finally getting warmer here in fact I picked up 3 lavender plants this afternoon and I am going to try my luck growing them. I also love the checkerboard driveway. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Im so inlove with your blooms! Colors are so vivid and I can already imagine the mix of colors after they have grown some more. I love pictures of flowers and blooms and hopefully you can post some more. Nice to have stumbled upon your blog.

  3. Your garden is beautiful! I love all the flowers. I keep wanting to plant some but because we are renting I haven’t been motivated to spend the money on beautiful plants only to have to leave them in the ground when we move. But all of your pretty pots filled with flowers would be the perfect solution for me since if they’re planted in pots I can take them with me to the next house. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Hi Brooke ~ Thank you for visiting me. Perhaps becoz we are living here as expats ~ but frankly, I’ve always had all my plants in pots and I think, even if they are the terracotta pots ~ they add a lot of color and whimsy to the garden. I so hope you give it a go πŸ™‚

  4. Wow…what a transformation. You did a awesome job! Bet you love it!! Thanks for sharing and giving up some ideas! Have a great day!

  5. Your hard work and creativity shine through in your beautiful yard and garden. Well done. Sit back and enjoy .
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop β™₯

    • Thank you for popping over TCOTC. I don’t have a fancy camera but I think, the colors are so beautiful that I couldn’t go very wrong with them πŸ™‚

  6. Stopping by from Katherine’s Corner during the blog hop. Your garden transformation is perfect! I love that purple leaved plant. And the cart is just the right touch. Nice job.

    • Thank you Katherine. I love all the beautiful colors that pop up in this season ~ sadly our spring is a very short lived one 😦

  7. Your flowers are beautiful. πŸ™‚ We have the purple things in our yard, too. They are a species of spiderwort called Wandering Jew. I love the little flowers that grow on them. Ours aren’t flowering so far this year that I’ve noticed. I can’t wait until they do so that I can try my close-up lens to photograph them this year.

    Thank you for sharing your pretty garden with us. I really like the concrete mushrooms, too. Have a great week!

    • Hi Celticmama. Wow ~ I’m always learning something new πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing your flowers close up !!

  8. Beautiful garden… Although I love gardening and flowers I couldn’t afford to have a garden space at the moment..
    You have done a great job…
    Happy Easter weekend.
    Visiting from shabbilicious Friday…

  9. Surprised and shocked that you have such a nice home garden in Dubai. Being in Malaysia, this is taking almost for granted but I know it is a lot of effort and monies being invested to get these.Thanks for sharing with 4 seasons blog hop and have a nice day.

    • OMG Kenneth !!! Your in Malaysia ??? Its one of my most favorite countries in the world. What an awesome place ~ Its a place where every tropical fruit, vegetable and grain can grow and does grow. I am completely in love with all the green in your country Kenneth. I think, I should and could write an entire post on the natural beauty of Malaysia ! Thank you visiting me.

  10. Very cool – all your flowers look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Take it on Tuesday!!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime

  11. You have a creative heart, Naush. You all did such a lovely job transforming that garden area! Love the wide open, clean look of it. And the pots of flowers add a touch of coziness.

    xoxo laurie

  12. Your garden turned out absolutely marvelous! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. Great job!! Wow–I’m amazed at what you were able to do with your space. I’m sure you’re loving the finished product! πŸ™‚

    • Yes, I know, the garden would look so much more appealing, had I planted all my potted plants around the grass but we are renting this place, and most of these plants have been my babies for nearly 5- 6 years, hence I couldn’t part with them 😦

  14. wow! what a fantastic transformation!!!! love all the patio space you have too – I can see lot’s of entertaining in your future! thank you for sharing you post over here at Fishtail Cottage’s garden party! oxox, tracie

    • Thank you for visiting me πŸ™‚ Yes, we just cant wait till December when it’ll be great to use all the space for the bbqs πŸ™‚ But the thought of going thru the next couple of hideously hot months is such a rot 😦

  15. Wow, what a transformation! And so much color you’ve added to all the pots. Love it. I had never seen a white bougainvillea before, it’s beautiful!

    • Hi Mindy. Bougainvillea come in a host of colors ~ Personally I love the yellow best. Thank you for visiting me Mindy πŸ™‚

  16. Assalamualaikum! Hello Naush…I found you while googling for something and landed on your beautiful site. I so much enjoy your musings and wonderful hobbies that are similar to mine. Your garden is beautiful, I love your flowery bushy bougainvillea because mine are full of green leaves but less flowers, lol. I have followed you via g+, fb and pinterest…would love to start a new found friendship with you and reading your wonderful stories from time to time. Have great moments. Hugs and smiles xx

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