Water Lily

Water lilies are of numerous varieties and come in several pretty colors. They reside in the most beautiful surroundings therefore the perfect combination for the perfect shot. Here are few pictures.

Enjoy!

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Easter Greetings with Lilly

The Lily by William Blake

“The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.”

How beautifully William Blake describes the true character of a flower in just four lines? The poet explains how a lily flower offers no harm or defense of itself to one who would love it.

 Lilies of different kinds are commonly found all across the world. Lilies come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Lilies are really excellent plants for beds and borders.

Growing Lilies is very easy and completely rewarding. Here are some common tips on growing beautiful lilies.

  • Lilies are propagated mainly by means of bulbs.
  • Lilies can also be grown in containers or outdoors.
  • A cool, porous and well-drained soil is essential for the good growth of lilies. Lilies do not require daily watering, but when watering, be sure to water deep enough to reach the bulb.
  • Feed the plants with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season.
  • Remove stems and foliage when leaves become yellow.
  • Lilies will usually thrive for years in the same spot, if well cared for. If short stems of the plants emerge and cause crowding, the clumps should be lifted, carefully pulled apart, and divisions planted elsewhere.

Just before easter my garden is in full blooms with different types of lilies. Have a look and feast your eyes with some of the lilies which are blooming in my garden now.

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Happy Easter !

Dahlia & Dianthus

Dahlias are my all time favourites when it comes to seasonal flowers. This winter my garden is blooming with them. Image

 

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Also here are some pictures of Dianthus flowers which are blooming continuously.

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Popular Petunias

Petunias are very popular flowering annuals. They can be planted in containers, hanging baskets, window boxes & even for garden beds and borders. They are my personal favourites simply because they come in numerous colors and can be planted in several ways in a garden. They add a pop of color to any space. 

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Instructions on growing and care

  1. Petunias can be started from seeds. Just sprinkle the seeds and pat them lightly to the soil. After germination wait till they get upto couple of inches then transplat them in containers or the final growing place.
  2. The plant loves sunlight. Make sure the plant recieves maximum sunlight.
  3. The soil has to be light and well-drained. I mix finely shredded hay to the soil along with compost to make the soil light.
  4. Keep the plant well watered. Once the blooms start to appear, just make sure to remove the old and shriveled blooms by pinching it off.
  5. Fertilize your plants monthly to ensure good growth.
  6. Try planting different colors of plants together in single container and place it like a center-piece. 

Just follow the above regime and you will find yourself astonished with the continuous blooms. 

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My Garden in December

Just before the onset of this winter, I had laboriously worked in my garden in order to get perfect blooms before the holidays. I planted bulbs, seeds, added compost, plucked weeds etc. etc. Basically I worked hard. Well the results of the hardwork is out and here are some of the pictures to show it.

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Also the roses that I prunned and fertilized in October (see my previous blog), these roses also seem pretty happy with my hard work!

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I’ll be sharing tips and ideas on growing different types of perennials in my next blog. Till then just enjoy the pics!

Whorls of Perfection

Ever looked at a Rose so close that it not only appeals the eye but touches the soul. The velvety textures, the delicate arrangement of whorls, the softness , the pleasant colors….  

The following poem rightly emotes some of those feelings.

The Rose by Leon Nelkin

When God created his kingdom,
He thought and then he chose
That nothing small,nor anything great
Shall be as lovely as– the Rose.

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The morning sun so beautiful,
The evening moon that glows,
The stars that twinkle silently,
Are but shadows to– the Rose.

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The birds in grace and splendor,
Every creature that comes and goes,
Elegant in his own respect,
Yet awkward to– the Rose.

 

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O’ the beauties of the universe,
Are endless so I pose,
But none,are,were,or ever shall be,
As lovely as– the Rose.

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A New House-Guest

The center of my garden is occupied by a medium sized mango tree. I recently noticed a new guest arriving rather preparing to arrive on it. None other than a Dove.

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The Mourning Dove has recieved its name from the peculiar sound that it makes.

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It has beautiful color combination of brown and grey with slight touch of pink. I read some articles online which state that it must be the male bird due to the color of its feathers. Male doves build the nests for the female to lay eggs.

All throughout the day this dove brought twigs and grass.

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Jared Carter (a well known american poet), has beautifully described this bird in his poem called Mourning Doves. Here are his few lines:-

“That all my life I have listened to the calls
of mourning doves, have heard them hidden far back
under the eaves, or perched among sycamore branches
their five still notes sometimes lost in the wind
and not known how to answer…”

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Hope you enjoyed watching the pics as much as I enjoyed clicking them!

One Pot Wonder :D

Hello Friends!

I feel gardening is about having fun with plants and should not be always taken as a chore. I love to experiment with different types of plants and see how they’ll appear when they are combined together in a one pot. Here is my one such experiment where I attempted to grow multiple plants in a single pot. Thankfully, it happened to be a success.

I combined a Croton Plant, a Chilli plant, a Holy Basil(Tulsi) Plant and a Rose plant altogether in a single pot. 

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To grow a container like this here are some of my ideas:-

Firstly I planted a Rose plant in a pot (the plant may not appear visible in the pictures as I had it pruned) I then chose a to grow a chilly plant from seed and then transplanted it in this pot, when it was of about 5-8 cms tall. Then a planted a Holi-basil or a Tulsi plant keeping in mind that it is the most used herb in my kitchen. I then pruned a small stem of a Croton from its mother plant and inserted it in this pot. 

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I am planning to keep the seeds of this chilli as the plant is bearing good 5-7 cms sized chillies.

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This croton adds a nice touch of color to the pot. The deep maroon hues and shape of the leaves is appealing to me. Its colorful glossy leaves can brighten up any garden or any container.

Truly for me it is a One-Pot Wonder!!