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Green Friday

Ever since our two trees were removed from the front of our house, I've neglected our little garden.  It's been long enough and it was time for some love and care.  The weather we're blessed with these few days is a huge boost, both for the plants, and for me to get out there and do the work.

The small triangular space of 6x7 metres is perfect for me to do the work myself.  Nothing beats the feeling of using your hands in a garden.  Holding the sand (and sometimes more), weeding, cutting and shaping plants is the most therapeutic thing I can think of.  Being able to take a few photos as I do the work means I'm enjoying two pleasures simultaneously.

When the weather is as it was yesterday, it becomes a family event as the children play with cuttings and help with planting small flowers.

Apart from tidying up, there wasn't much to change.  The only new addition was a third Neem tree.  Whilst I hear many may not find them particularly attractive, I love the way they stand high.  Their flexible branches and beautiful leaves give a pleasing look... I understand they keep insects away too - though I'm not so sure.  Finally, our annual supply of white Alyssum was added to the pots at the entrance.

The best part, and I'm sure gardeners out there know what I mean, is the final 'wash'.  Watering the new plants, and wetting the leaves and furniture, soon brings out the wonderful scents which fill the surrounding air.

Question: Can anyone tell me the name of this yellow flower?

Reader Comments (14)

Hello Mohammed, Hope you are well, clearly enjoying the garden.

If the yellow flowering plant is a climbing one and loves the sun it looks very like a CAMPSIS radicans.

There are many varieties ranging from yellow through orange and red. If you google the words above you might be able to spot the one you have.

Best wishes, Nicole

December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Crawford

loved the second and last picture! ;)

December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQ80BOY

Hi Nicole, Very well - thank you. I hope you and your family are all well too.

We had two orange and one yellow in pots. The orange ones lasted one spring and I caught this one on its last legs, and moved it into the ground. It has since survived two summers :)

Thank you for the name. Yes a google search confirms it as correct. I've added it as a tag too.

All the best,

December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you.

December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

I don't have a clue about the flower's name.. but that is a very clean and organized garden!

Didn't know you had a dog! :)

Great shots as usual!

I like clean cut gardens, one thing is for sure is that I do not have any skills in the garden what so ever, plants tend to die with me no matter how much I water it! I have no gauge for watering plants!

December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

yes, great weather out there, and all green fingers do itch i guess! :)
not sure of the name, but these yellow flowers are common garden plants in india, and ve spotted them here too. as kids used to make those buds go 'snap' with a bang on our palms, and even to this day, feel like doing it, even if ridden by guilt!! :)

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Nice garden you have there BuYousef. Hope your garden has a good winter :)

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

Truly it is so therapeutic to shoot pictures after gardening. We might call the yellow flowers Virginia Creeper or Honey Suckle, but not too sure. I wonder if a camera can capture the fragrance of the flowers and freshly cut lawn?

December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYannie

Very nice photos! I like wintertime too, even though it's cold! Nothing like snow right before christmas day :)

December 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbid

We've had Sandy for almost a year now :)

Thanks - I try to maintain a clean-cut look especially because it's a small space, it can look untidy very quickly.

.... Most of the plants I've murdered have been because of over-watering!

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thanks for the lovely image. We have the name above :)

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you... I hope so too :)

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

A camera that captures a fragrance would revolutionise record-keeping :)

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thanks Abid. Our winter and your winter :) Same word VERY DIFFERENT meaning..

December 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

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