Perhaps you’re wondering why I’ve gone all quiet about our garden. Honestly, it’s been sad. Due to a severe water shortage a couple of months ago and our constant travelling, the front garden patch almost entirely wilted. We manage to salvage the potted plants and move them to the back yard where, I’m happy to report most of them are thriving.

In this severe heat, we’re touching 40-42 degrees centigrade, attempting to restart the garden during summer is a waste of time. What’s more the water situation in Hyderabad is somewhat ‘iffy’ during summer. So we’ve taken a conscious decision to wait until the end of June to get things back on track.

We’ve been thinking of various things we’d like to do to brighten up the garden apart from planting colourful flowers and plants.

Adding pretty planters and colourful pots

We’re planning to buy some pretty planters and also make some unique ones out of discarded crates and jars.  Like the saying goes, ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure’ so I’m going to be asking the extended family for discards like tea pots, old boots, bottles, tin cans and even tryes!  I’ve got myself some paint to make the earthern pots look colourful too. There are plenty of websites with some fantastic DIY ideas for these.

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Adding some good outdoor lights

While we have good street lighting, we’ve decided to add some outdoor lighting to our little garden. This will mainly be in the corners to highlight some of the plants and my soon-to-be planters. We want subtle lighting and are on the look out for some simple solar powered light fixtures. We’re thinking of a few lamps like the one below among the flower beds and a couple of rattan solar powered lanterns under the awning.

Solarlight

Adding bird baths and bird feeders
There is such a variety of birds here that we simply can’t forget them. We’re planning on getting a couple of bird baths put immediately during the summer for birds to bathe and drink. Some pretty bird feeders to attract more birds and add colour to our garden will follow.

 

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“A garden should make you feel you’ve entered privileged space – a place not just set apart but reverberant – and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”
― Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

This quote has got me quite inspired to do something unique with our garden. I’ll keep you posted on the progress as it happens.

Do you have any ideas for us to brighten up our garden?