Daily a picture of the garden of B&B Petra Fig Tree Villa

Daily a picture of the garden of B&B Petra Fig Tree Villa

Within a stone’s throw of the entrance of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, lies this nice big garden with in the middle a cosy B&B. I have the pleasure to live in this house, run the B&B and work and enjoy the garden. Since I’m not used to gardening in a Middle Eastern garden, it takes me some time to find the ‘rules’ in such a dry and extremely sunny climate. To remember and follow how plants grow through the year I started taking many pictures. That gave me the idea to (try to) post a picture every day!

If you would like to stay in the B&B you can have a look at the website. The B&B has four nice guest rooms and if you like you can also have your dinner here. And if you are lucky, some ingredients will come from the garden!

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Water for the birds

Water for the birds

Every day there’s water for the birds. One big water bowl in the front garden and two in the back garden. It’s such a pleasure to see the birds perching on the edge of it and then drinking the water.

Sometimes there is a group of sparrows, Checking if it’s safe to dive in to take a bath. Everything safe? yes! And they the jump in, splashing the water on their body. Looks like a fun swimming party!

Especially on these hot days it’s important to have water for the birds! And I also see see insects drink from the water bowls! (And sometimes a stray donkey!)

Bye the way, do you see the two white butterflies?

A bug

A bug

Watering the garden in the morning. All is nice and quiet. Sometimes I disturb some little insects by giving them a morning shower. Grasshoppers in the Many red bugs running around, some of them paired.

This stink bug was sitting on the Guave tree. I’ve never seen this color bug so a good reason to picture him (or her?).

Big Carpenter Bee

Big Carpenter Bee

It’s water day and I’m up from 6 am to water the garden (as long as there is shade and before it gets too hot).

Then the heavy humming of a bee. I listen, walk to the tree with the nice fluffy yellow flowers and there he/she is! I run inside to grab my camera.

Not easy to make a picture of this, only sitting still for a few seconds, bee. This is the best picture.

I think it’s a Carpenter bee. I’ve posted it on INaturalist and if they have a more specific name I will share it.

Flax seed

Flax seed

A few weeks ago I found out that there are a few flax plants growing in the garden. Later I realised that I’ve addes mixed seeds to several spots in the garden. It was a mix with flowers for the bees!

So no wild linseed but just cultivated.

Wild flower

Wild flower

This flower I found in the back garden. It is mainly stem and just small flowers at the ends. I guess it will flower yellow. My guess it’s of the Asteraceae family. It’s not easy to find when I cannot see the flower yet.

The future will reveal its secret…