It’s raining – bananas!

The banana plant in the backyard was drying up as expected in the summer and was awaiting the chop in preparation for some colder weather. But as the gardener went about his job, this is what he noticed. We actually had summer bananas! That, even to his experienced eye, was unexpected. That was a couple…

It’s hot out there but not for them

The blistering summer is upon us in Bahrain – in all its fury. Temperatures are touching an average of 45C (113F) in the sun, making everyone broil – literally. However, these remarkable animals – camels – the ships of the desert – seem to be the only ones not affected by heaven’s fury, out in…

Burnt out

The summer is severe every year, with August being the worst in terms of temperature – and that is when it turns into a virtual sauna out there. However, this year, its been the “worst inĀ  many many years” if those who are in the know are to be believed. I personally thought it was…

Bananas in Bahrain

A little more than a year ago when I got the gardener to plant a couple of banana trees in our little garden, he was skeptical. He insisted these plants would just “create a jungle” and become unmanageable. A few weeks ago, he insisted he had been “proved right” since the plants had grown all…

Bahrain’s Bougainvillea bazaar

The Bougainvillea is out in force in Bahrain. It’s everywhere, in full bloom. While this hardy plant is perfectly capable of weathering the harsh summer, it’s rather colourless, dull and drab. But, come October and the easing of the heat, it comes out with a vengeance and shows its true element. Our own garden, in…