The Not-So-Botanical Guide of Our [Moroccan] Yard
One of the great things about our living situation in Rabat is our walled-in yard. It is perfect for the kids (well…besides the tree with poisonous flowers and the giant thorn bushes and the human-sized ant hills). As a bonus, the moderate climate of Rabat means that there is almost always something in bloom. This Spring, I’ve tried to capture a few of our favorite blooms from the yard.
This one is my favorite. A simple, purple daisy. I don’t get tired of trying to discover new things about this flower that I didn’t notice before.
We have a lemon tree as well. It’s a bit hidden and I failed to even notice it the first few months here. I thought our house help was really, really good at keeping us well-stocked with lemons until I realized that the inventory was coming from the tree out back.
And this is its bloom:
Like Tanzania, herbs grow here really, really well. Almost too well. Our gardener comes twice a week and we still have trouble keeping the basil buds pruned. We have a regular supply of mint for Moroccan mint tea, but we also grow several other very fragrant herbs traditionally added to tea. They were all new smells to me, so I can’t possibly identify them.
Loquats are our new favorite fruit. When they ripen, we stand under the tree and eat as many as we can before they fall off and rot.
Oh, and we have a pear tree as well…
Not included among the photos were birds of paradise, impatiens, begonias, lantana, a number of succulents, and various other varieties common in the US. Oh, and I forgot one more garden fixture, the head honcho who eats all of our flowers. His name is Blackie:
This exercise of course, caused me to pine over my Tanzanian garden, which was much too hot and sticky and mosquito-y to lounge around in comfortably. But to it’s credit, it was more fruitful and exotic than our Moroccan one. To compare, visit here: The Not-So-Botanical Guide of our [Tanzanian] Yard.