Showing posts from August, 2011

Colourful Zinnia Flowers

Zinnia flowers have been on my wish list but I did not have much success in growing many plants bought from the nursery. Either I would over water them or under water them and I lost many plants due to this trial ad error.
One important lesson learned is that you must plant the seeds and grow zinnia plants if you wish to get sturdy and tough palnts.
The stems of my zinnia plants are tough and strong and have been able to bear strong winds and rains. Zinnias grow well in flower beds or window sills and they bloom with the same care required for other flowering plants. Some small pebbles of fertilizers available at nursery shops suffice to bring forth the flowering spurt.

 With the red zinnia flower coming up first I did not expect all the zinnia plants to bloom together. It was a real treat to watch zinnia in bloom. Red, orange, dark yellow, maroon, magenta and pink, zinnia flowers are the most colourful and beautiful flowers available.

 The stem of zinnnia flowers is firm and strong …

Gladiolus Flowers in Bloom

Unexpectedly since the past few days the rains have been very heavy. The gladiolus plant did decide to bloom now and it did! The red gladiolus plant bloomed in full and all the bulbs have been giving beautiful gladiolus flowers.

 The flowers have been aptly named according to their name and it is a treat to the eyes to see the proud stem of gladiolus flowers coming up. The stems are erect and firm and the happy flowers stand out from the crowd.
 I did feel the attraction to notice the detailed parts of the flowers and clicked a few pics of the same. The fine work of art created by God.
 Finally after enjoying the beauty of the gladiolus flowers outside I brought a part of nature to the inside by placing cut flowers in the house and they lasted much longer and full paisa vasool!

The Cactus Plant


Wandering Jew

With our parakeet come different birds, usually for food. But she fights for attention! the daily procedure in early mornings that she has to drive them away from her territory!
 The wandering jew is truly named and I was wondering who might have penned the strange name. But the habit of this creeper or space cover is truly like a wanderer. On thinking about this lovely plant even I have to admit that I found a small piece of the plant lying on the premises of our building. God knows from where it had come but it was looking attractive and with my obsession of plants , it was all but predictable that  I would take it and give it a home. And since then there has been no looking back. This plant does not require much care and grows everywhere, just every where!
It is grown especially in hanging baskets or pots and looks very attractive with its silver colored leaves and dark purple outlines, almost royal! The plant will not require much soil or deep pot. It has roots coming from notches …

Poem on Garden Care

This wonderful comment needed an applause and what better way to thank the person than to post it to remain forever! Appreciation for any gardener is in way of blooms and fruits of labor but some one taking time to write a poem specially for me, I am very lucky.
Poem written by Mary Lobo
Aunty as you take soo mch care of fowers... you hav decorated ur garden in such a beautiful way... i'd like to dedicate a poem for you-
a poem said by the garden itslf...

My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life it's start.

She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem...

And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough--
But not too much because she knew
I'd need to stand up strong and tough.

I am my Mother's garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me...

People come and people go but you will always take a special plac…

Rains and Garden care

I have been peeking in between the heavy rains dose we got for the past weeks and many small plants have not made it this time! This happens every year and I promise myself that I will not plant new ones but still the journey goes on. Enough is enough, and now I do have a good collection of tough plants that have survived the heavy rains. The fresh sunny days since yesterday has given me some time to take a survey of the garden.
 The jade plant did grow well when the rains began but heavy continuous down pour is a no no and the leaves have turned black and they drop off.
 The jhendu plant couldn't make it, sob.. good when it had got the growth spurt I had planted all the cuttings  in different pots and they are fine and healthy. So the first time I am not so at a loss and I have the plant babies!
 The paan leaf climber did not really make it and was already in a weak state. It has developed white fungus which is very common for plants that have soggy soil or over waterings. Many pla…

Light Requirements for Indoor Plants

After trying to grow many plants like the red leaved one and the bamboo plant, the money plant and of course the jade I have learned that all plants require some light and also sufficient sunlight some time for their healthy growth. I have lost many jade plants by trying to grow them indoors. The money plant and the lucky bamboo do grow well but only when they get indirect sunlight from the window, do they look healthy.

I had tried hanging a light bulb over my plants for them to get the heat and energy to make food. But usually they grow in a toned down manner and only look fresh when they have a trip outdoors for some time of the week.
When you use artificial lighting much care has to be taken to keep the light bulb or lights at a safe distance from the plants. My poor money plant almost had burnt leaves due to over head heat from a high watt bulb!
I tried growing flowering plants indoor but was not successful as all plants require sunlight and fresh air for flowering.
Many people g…

New Gladiolus Flowers in Rain

The bulbs that had been planted in march this year have come up with beautiful stems with tiny flowers. this is a breathtaking sight, and I still do not understand why every flower bud gives me a surge of hope and happiness. It is like a new birth and new life coming , a creation of God, each plant is unique , each flower is unique, god has made this in so much detail, even the tiny ridges in the leaves are different!
The bulbs were planted in March and I did not know about any details of this plant except for the flowers, which I had seen in flower bouquets.
As the green shoots came up they looked almost like wild grass. Even the rains have been heavy but the plants have maintained their tall stature. Shoots of flowering stem looks like the tuberose stem that has again come up for a shower of flowers!except I can see tiny red specks here indicating that the flowers of gladiolus will be red. The other plants also have been blooming.

 The plant does have a great stature and hence aptly …

The Passion Fruit Climber

The Passion fruit is one of the fastest growing climbers and can cover any area very fast. Why I planted this ? I have read that the passion flower is very beautiful and so is the passion fruit. Bought this plant from an plant exhibition. Upon inquiring about flowering and fruiting habits of this passion fruit plant I can to know that the fruits may come after 3 years.

The first bud appeared after approximately 4 months of planting. It has taken to the wall and growing wildly during rains. Tendrils came along the main stem of the climber and cling to any straight support. This is a beauty created by God to see the fine work in the tendrils. The tendrils of the passion plant are very strong and tough and look similar to a copper wire rolled up.
This plant is very good for privacy and can cover any trellis within months. A tough plant this will trail over any area and in fact grows best under a big tree. The passion flowers are very beautiful and will post the pic when this bud blooms.

How to preserve Freshly Cut Rose Flowers

Rose flower is one of the most beautiful and fragrant flowers. It requires sunlight and care to give healthy and happy blooms. Rose flower are available from rose plants or rose bushes.Personally I like the bushes variety since they give a bucket full of flowers! not literally but they are always laden with so many flowers , it is a wonderful sight. If you have rose bushes then there is no way you would not let nature into your living room!  I love to cut fresh flowers and display them in the living room or the kitchen. Immediately the rose flowers transform an boring environment to a lively one.
 There are certain rules to be followed to get best results from display of freshly cut flowers. Cut the flowers when they have bloomed fresh as they will last longer than if you allow the flower to remain in the sun.
 Cut the rose flowers just a little below the stem with some leaves also. This will encourage healthy growth of new shoots from the cut portion later. If you decide to cut flower…

The First Zinnia Flower

Seeds bought from ooty grew wonderfully and also in very less time. I had planted it in may though I would not recommend any other gardener to do so! Soon afetr we had heavy rains and most of the seeds did not get the sunlight to grow and due to cloudy atmosphere and heavy down pour even the one staht were sprouting are now sickly and limp!
Tip one- plant the zinnia or any flowering seeds in spring. Then they have plenty time to warm up, sprout and grow into healthy plants.
The Zinnia plants came up very soon and also as healthy and happy plants. I think it took hardly a week for the new shoots to come above the soil and I had these healthy tall plants in a fortnight. The flower came after two months as the stem matured.
The stem of zinnia plant is hairy and you can see tiny hair on the surface of the stem. Most liked by caterpillars and butterflies.
The beautiful zinnia flower was developing when I took this shot. The petals were just opening and it developed into a dark purple with m…