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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Tiny jumping spider

Tiny jumping spider

This early Monday morning I went to work in the garden. I put my shoes on and from the corner of my eye I saw something moving on it. I had a closer look and this tiny, ieniemienie jumping spider was jumping around.

And as I write this, on Tuesday, I can add that this morning, when I put on my shoes to go into the garden to water, there was (I want to believe) the same spider again. Now just on the floor, half a meter where I was sitting to put on my shoes. It seems his house is somewhere near to the steps of the front terrace.

Centipede on the run

Centipede on the run

After the weeks of high temperatures from the end of August, the weather changed overnight. Yesterday morning it was around 20 degrees. And this early morning 17 degrees.

Such a relief and an opportunity to work in the garden again. So that was what I did. And by moving the pile of little stones, this cutie was disturbed. And tried to get back under the protecting gravel.

Seed of the Agave

Seed of the Agave

The tall stalk of the flower of the big Agave at the entrance of the Bed & Breakfast is still standing strong. Many of the seeds have fallen down, are blown away or flat after a car drove over.

This one I could safe and I keep it with my other treasures from the garden, on a shelf in the bookcase.

Caterpillar on the Pepper plant

Caterpillar on the Pepper plant

Yesterday I already found out about this little one. It was eating from the leaves of the Pepper plant. I wanted to make a picture but the wind was too strong to do so. It kept on moving.

Today I searched for him on the partly eaten leaves but I couldn’t find him. I took the plant inside to do a better search. And than I saw him, connected strong to one of the lower leaves.

I’m wondering if he already ate enough to start with his journey? I will keep a close eye on his future to find out!

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.