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Is This Gulmohar Tree with yellow Blooms?

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The owls have decided not to oblige me with a snap, and my efforts to search for them are not still successful. With the loud noises coming for the complete night time till early morning, they are staying in our society at night only and on searching in the day they were not to be seen anywhere.
With my obsession with the flame of the forest, Gulmohar I have successfully grown the gulmohar in a container. Last season in May we welcomed our first gulmohar flowers on our gulmohar plant grown in a container. I have noticed another variety of flowering plants that look almost similar to gulmohar trees, but they flower on small bushes. I wonder whether this is the same plant but the blooms are some what different and smaller. The flower petals are the same with one yellowish orange petal and other red petals.

The colours are very bright and fresh and almost a welcoming sight in these chilly winter season here. They have more of yellow colour in their petals. Yes this is the gulmohar tree bu…

The Colourful Petunias- Bring instant colour to your garden

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With the sighting of owls in our society every one is scared as in Indian culture beliefs there are many superstations on this. The owl is a beautiful bird and we have the variety which is endangered the barn owl that is white in colour. Looks almost heavenly like and angel on wings. The owl has nested and has four babies that fly at night and we did have the friendly visitor, though for a few seconds and I could not capture it on my camera. Better luck tonight! So with eagles, king fishers, bulbul, sparrows, mynas, crows, pigeons and of course the alexandrine parakeet who decided to stay with us, we have another welcoming bird from paradise the owl. The season has brought a welcoming change in form of colorful petunias. These flowering plants are my favorites as they bring instant colour to your garden or window sill.
The winters and dry garden colours these plants are a sure welcome in form of bright and colorful flowers that are big enough to draw your attention. petunias are avail…

Heart shaped Potato

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Nature is also a very good teacher. This rare shaped growing potato is of heart shape.Heart shape being considered very lucky as a symbol of love this potato sure has some heartful message of love.

There are so many shapes seen developing in potatoes and those who specialize in growing potatoes would know more about this. Potato Plant disease or abnormal growth this shape sure made my day!
 I did wet the potato and scrape the skin to see whether the potato was okay , and yes it was sweet and edible. just lucky!

Dried Tree with new growth Use a Dried Dead tree for Great Plant Arrangements

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Dead Tree, dried, was a sad sight, yet standing majestically tall in our society complex. What a beautiful sight, after years, it has begun fresh. Climbers and creepers can be grown using dead dried trees as support and they are so beneficial with a natural support.  So someone added a pothos and a elephants ear vine and the plant began to give out symbols of life. and very happy to say it has given out its leaves, a Peepal tree! After so many years, more than ten! that is nature! that is life! that is Great positive company affecting life!
I have also painted some roots and cut parts of a gulmohar tree that was cut off for safety reasons by society, and it still is a part of our family. Dead and dried trees have beautiful natural forms and can be used in creative decorative plants and flower arrangements.
Have a Great life Ahead! Rizwana!
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Golden Pothos, Extra Large Money Plant

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Golden Pothos or devils ivy are heart shaped leaf climbers. With heart shape to shaded leaves there are many that love these plants for their easy maintenance and growth. As these money plants are shade loving they are the first ones to be selected as indoor plants. Any amateur plant lover can select and grow the money plant without much care. These plants can grow very well indoors and with only water.

When these pothos pants get a support they climb many heights and can take over the garden immediately within few months. Silver pothos, devils ivy or golden pothos are very prominent and seen covering walls of gardens or any big host trees.

Money plant grown indoors and in water will develop light green leaves and since this is a  climber it will need some direction. It is best grown in hanging pots. The shading variety of golden pothos looks very attractive as they have yellow shading which shines in bright sunlight. the colour of leaves develops according to the sunlight exposure of…

Acalypha hispida, Red Coloured Leaf Ornamental plant

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Jacobs coat, copper leaf, beef steak plant or in botanical terms Acalypha hispida is a easy growing shrub which is very often seen in landscapes as borders or beautiful red coloured centers. The plant requires less care and grows in partial shade or full sunlight.






This red leaf ornamental plant is selected for its beautiful coloured leaves. With easy growing and surviving in any conditions this is the right choice for any gardener. The plant grows red feathery stigmas which are seen in female plants. The red leaf shrub will need trimming when it grows and this is done with sharp plant cutting scissors. This plant can be grown in any desire shape by trimming the excess leaves and is an important addition in plant designing and landscape. Care of Copper leaf plant- The red colours of leaves develops only when they get adequate amount of sunlight. Other wise the plant looks shriveled with small leaves as new growth. Watering is also important as over watering is not good for this plant and…

Beautiful ornamental Leaf Plant

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This ornamental plant has green wavy leaves and grows without much care. The leaves are beautiful green and yellow shaded in colour and the wavy pattern makes it an idea plant for landscaping and garden design. The new leaves grow in pattern of flowers and look like green flowers on the tip of the stems. The edges of each leaf are wavy and with ridges. This ornamental plant is selected in landscape, gardens and homes for its attractive shaped leaves and colours and of course the wavy pattern leaves. An only draw back is that the plant is prone to attack by pests and very often we see plants with disease which is seen as dry netted leaves and insect eaten leaves. Sometimes the whole plant goes barren due to insect attack. Over watering is another issue as the plant rots and because of this becomes prone to fungus attack. Care of ornamental plants- Most of the ornamental plants are shade loving plants and do not grow well in total full day sunlight. Indirect sunlight and some hours of morn…

The Fragrant Parijat Flower Plant

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Parijat or more commonly also known  night queen is a fragrant flowering plant. This plant is very famous for its heavenly fragrance that is prominent only during nights. When you have a plant growing in the vicinity its fragrance is spread far and you can recognize that there is a parijat plant growing nearby. As the evening sun sets the fragrance can be felt in the whole vicinity.
 The parijat flowers are very beautiful and colourful. The off white flowers with orange bright stems look different from other white flowers and of course with their heavenly fragrance these flowers can be recognized easily due to their different unique colored flowers. When the flowers drop one can see a beautiful bed of flowers and the area surrounding the plant looks like a bed of flowers.



There was a belief in olden days that snakes appear and live near any fragrant plant. I do not know how far this legend is true. As for legends even the champa plant it was the same but now we see many housing socie…

Original Bamboo Trees

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Bamboo trees are a rare sight in cities and they are seen very often in private gardens or jungles having only bamboo plantations. The swaying bamboo trees look very inviting and make us feel very special and uplift the energy of that area. In feng shui it is considered very good to have bamboo trees in your garden.  Growing bamboo trees is considered very auspicious in feng shui as they sway with the wind and make a pleasant sound. The lush green leaves at the top and the hard tall bamboo base makes this a perfect tree to be planted in the south east and south section of your garden. Since this area of your garden represents the big wood element having tall and big trees in this section makes very good feng shui.

 I have also planted a original bamboo plant and am waiting for it to take root. I have seen this bamboo plants in containers at the main door or at entrances in offices. This original bamboo plant is different from the feng shui lucky bamboo plant which is in fact a…

Close up of Crossandra Aboli Flower Seeds and Care

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The aboli flower is considered very auspicious in India and is used in temples and as garlands. the beautiful shades of aboli, crossandra flowers ranging from yellowish orange to deep orange colours you see a variety of bright fresh colours in aboli flowers.
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Especially dow south of india this flwoer is most grown for its religious imporatnce and its bright colurs. tehf lwoers will last for many days on the plant. The aboli flowers are thin and paper like and can be confused with silk flowers due to their deep and bright colours.


Aboli Plant propagation is by seeds. It is very easy to grow crossandra plants and for me it was no effort at all. The seeds got transferred by wind and I had beautiful aboli plants coming up in many pots in my garden. The seeds on close observations look like rice in husk and usually after the flowering and falling off of the last flowers on the flower stalk the seeds dry on the same flower stalk. From here if you remove the dried seeds you can sow it in dif…

Sansevieria Cylindrica Ornamental plant

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This beautiful Sansevieria Cylindrica plant growing in the wild without any maintenance and care. being a succulent plant this Sansevieria Cylindrica does not require much water and can grow in very hardy and rocky soil.
This plant is usually selected for its beautiful growth in shape of fan. the long tubular stems are in fact modified leaves that grow tall from the centre. It is hard and looks similar to bamboo plant in green. As this is a succulent plant this does not require much water and grows in garden soil. The plant it seems flowers once a year in form of greenish white fragrant flowers in tubular shape.
The leaves are greenish gray in colour and grow tall and the best part of succulents is that they do not require much care and can grow in the dark corners of your garden where any other plant does not survive. This Sansevieria Cylindrica has helped to brighten my garden corner where I have not succeeded with many efforts of growing different plant and it looks quiet happy wi…

Fan Shaped Cactus growing in Wild

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Cactus plants are seen in many different types and I fell by chance upon this beautiful cactus plant growing in fan shape. Is this a plant mutation of some different breed of cactus family? or some cactus disease? Nature has its own way of preserving many species even without us knowing about them. Every cactus plant is a succulent plant and stocks water and energy within. Hence these cactus plants can do away with less water and grow without care. This cactus growing in the wild has its own beauty which is not noticed by the outside world.

Some people who specialize in cactus plants also mention cactus disease or abnormal growths seen in cactus plants. But the shape of this cactus is very attractive in a flower shape and each stem is like an opened fan or palm. The plant does not have any thorns and is soft and mushy from inside. Growth is seen from sides and from the ground. Good as ornamental plant for any garden.