Sunday, April 30, 2017

Passion Fruit Climber Passion Flower Unique Exotic passion Flower Plant

The passion flower is one of the most beautiful flowers seen and known and it is truly worth the effort. 
Pair of passion flowers exotic blooms
The very easy growing passion flower vine did not require any special care and seems to be growing happily on a trellis. I think I should have given it some help to grow side ways also so that I would have more access to the passion fruits for which I am waiting with excitement. The flower is so beautiful so the fruit will be a bundle of joy!. The passion flower is different and it has a centre of rich purple with the petals of light bluish green colour. The fine detail in the passion flower does make one wonder God has created every thing in so much detail, I being an artist know just how much effort it requires to paint in detail, , Thank you so much God , Universe, for making such beautiful flowers , fruits and the whole of nature that produces great bounties to give us sustenance.
Tendrils of passion flower plant
Passion fruit climber
 Flowering of The Beautiful Passion Flower on Plant in Container
 The beautiful rare passion flower plant  had flowered once last year but the blooms were weak and small. This year after about more than 15 months of planting the vine of passion flower has given beautiful blooms. The passion flower is proved to be a good mood uplifter and its fragrance is proved to ignite passion and positive energy. ( Google)
 The passion fruit plant has two types of leaves and at first I was confused that the plant was going crazy. But later I noticed that the plant produces two types of leaves on the same plant. One type is the ordinary leaf shape which we see in majority of plants and the other is three petal led leaf. I think this must be related to the maturity of the plant. The passion fruit plant is a vine which throws tendrils to cling to the trellis or support. You can guide your climber over a rope or a trellis especially designed for this vine. The passion flower was only for a day and was spent in the evening, as the flower gradually closed its petals, it had lived a day of pride and had no regrets of its end. The fruits I think are expected after three to four years of planting. Keeping my fingers crossed! 
Passion fruit Plant Growing tips- The passion fruit vine grows like wild. It is very important that you plan how you wish your passion fruit climber to grow. The best place would be an area that receives indirect sunlight and some direct sun for at least some part of the day. Try to have an accessible trellis so that when the fruits or flowers come up you can appreciate them. The side of your garden also can be used to plant this fast growing vine for privacy. Trim and guide your passion fruit vine according to your requirements to keep this beautiful flowering vine neat.
Feed the passion fruit vine with your regular fertilizer for flowers and fruits, once in six months. Watering regularly is better, though the passion fruit vine can tolerate few dry days in between watering. The fruits are heavy oval shaped balls like but the vine is so strong , it holds the fruits well. I saw a really huge passion  fruit tree in Mahabaleshwar, it has hundreds of fruits hanging on the tree!
Close up of centre part of passion flower

Centre part of flower close up passion flower

Passion flower 

Passion flower plant leaf close up


Passion flower climber 

Tendrils of passion fruit climber 

Healthy climber Passion Fruit 

Rizwana Mundewadi Wishing You Awesum Luck, Happy Gardening! from my little space under the sun!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Ornamental Onion Exotic Blooms Onion Plant Flowering

Onion Plant 

Flowering of Onion Plant

Exotic flowers on onion plant
 The onion plant looks similar to any other plant grown from bulb. Green elongated leaves like lilly plants or rajnigandha plants. I had never imagined the onion being so pungent and smelly would give out such beautiful blooms. A visit to a friends place gave me this new discovery and I am sure to plant one this summers.The flower is very beautiful and big which has tiny buds that burst open giving the shape of a round furry white ball to the onion flower. Onion plant can be grown by planting our very own humble spring onion bulb that we eat. 
We also see ornamental onion flowering plants in nurseries, they have vibrant purple furry balls of flowers. So I have seen white furry balls and purple ones, onion blooms are so beautiful! Care as any other bulb of flowering plant, which is very easy , and that is why I love to plant bulbs, you invest once and you keep getting the flowers ever and that too with bonus of new baby bulbs growing fast!
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why I cant grow Raat Ki Rani Night Queen Flowering Fragrant jasmine Plant Photos shared by Mateen Ramali

Night Queen Fragrant jasmine Raat Ki Rani plant
Fully loaded and looking soooo happy! with all its traditional lore and stories the raat ki raani , Night queen enjoys its stay in many societies. So happy to see this one blooming Awesumly! It is not only a prized possession but the fragrance is heavenly citric and freshens up your mind and soul.  My brother Mateen Ramali shared some fresh clicks of this fully loaded Plant and what an Awesum show!Thank you very much for this beautiful share!
Flowering of Raat ki Rani Plant

Climbing high Night Queen  Raat ki Raani plant
While  my brother Mateen Ramali, keeps going daily for nature walks, he sure has an eye for creative clicks. The live video is shared on Facebook on our group Garden Care Simplified. 
Fully Loaded Raat Ki Rani flower buds
Snakes, Fairies, Angels, dwell upon plants with fragrant blooms. Yet more so, old grannies used to say white flowers, especially Champa, flower of joy also has the same lores. We do have a pair of these beautiful Champa plants. Lost many Raat ki raani plants due to not finding best place for placement. I do agree on fairies and nature spirits as they do take care of your garden when you are not there! Of course only when you are a dedicated gardener, even for a few days absence they take care of your plants and it is proved , whenever we go for short trips and watering is skipped, the same plants that go limp in a day without water, survive for a week and spring back when watered!
Why I cant grow, unable to grow,  Raat Ki Raani plant?  stopped now, will give it a try later again. First my Raat ki Raani plants were growing well but the flowers did not have fragrance. Mostly it was a non fragrant one.
The next plant , sapling of raat ki raani plant was so tiny, a lanky stem, so it did not make it for long...thought to purchase a bigger one, I always advice to buy a flowering sapling that has flowers on it, otherwise you sometimes never see flowers!
Again I had purchased a bushy Raat ki raani plant but it did not like direct sunlight, so shifted it to a quieter less sunny spot and it took to growth. Impulsively trimmed it for encouraging flowering, and it was attacked by pests, root rot, white fungus and did not make it...
finally I did not grow it in a mud pot, chose a plastic container that will retain moisture and allow the plant soil to remain moist for longer time.this gave the spring of leaves and stems. waiting for flowers .
Some Important Care for Raat Ki Raani during summers-
1) place  plants under full sunlight or partial light for at least few hours.
2) Avoid very dark corners as there is tendency of slugs snails and pests to attack the plant.
3) Water carefully, summers are hot but over watering may lead to root rot.
4) If the new Raat ki Raani plants are giving out stems let them grow in the same pot. When the roots are developed and the plant looks healthy then you can trim them. 
5) Keep checking the plant in summers for pests, and you can add some feeding too nourish and get healthy  flowers.  
6) Flowers and  leaves may burn in full sun so partial is best as it loses its fragrance fast in full hot sun. Flowers of Night queen also dry off after flowering and then drop.
7) Very Very important ,,w ell draining rich nutrient soil, other wise , we have lost many precious ones over the years due to root rot and even I think rats are the reason. 

Hope this helps, All the Best from Rizwana!
the majestic plant photos shared are of an Awesum Raat Ki Raani huge Bush Plant ,it  has organic feedings regularly and looks happy!
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Seed Burst in Adenium Prosperity Plants with original photographs


Monday, April 24, 2017

OMG How I Killed a Rhizome! Desert Rose Thailand Plant of Prosperity Adenium Obesum Tips for flowering Desert rose

The Adenium plant , Prosperity plant of Thailand, Adenium Obesum, is for life long and grows for many many years and this is one of the important reasons it has been called the good luck plant or the plant of prosperity, was all I thought! The plant has its life, if not handled(watered)  properly or maybe also climatic conditions and seasons , environment are to blame...we lost our precious one , many years old...so yes, it does die...but we have its baby happily growing. Collecting seeds is thus really important to keep the clan going ahead. I killed a rhizome! strange, they never die and are the most forgiving plants, yet with age and improper draining there was root rot which I did not notice soon, and then it was too late...yet I also realized the plant had lived its life and wanted to give up, because those who want to live, some of my plants have survived the most harshest and most dangerous conditions and  pests and are still with me! flowering!
Baby Adenium Fluorescent Pink Blooms

Happy baby Adenium with fresh flowers
About this beautiful plant! - Adenium, The plant grows from thick rhizome that looks like a tree trunk. The branches grow as usual and the whole prosperity adenium plant looks like a tree. Hence it is considered very lucky and attracts good luck since it looks like a old tree which has been there for ages. It has history in the Tibet origin and here this plant is grown in every home as the people here believe this Adenium plant is auspicious and brings good luck, wealth and prosperity for the family.
Precious Baby soft Pink Adenium Flower

The Adenium plant produces seed pods that have rice like seeds which are very tiny and delicate and need care to be grown. You can grow the plant with seeds, cuttings of the plant as well as rhizome of the plant. Requirements in form of sunlight and water are not so important but the plant does require some amount of daily sunlight to keep producing flowers. 
Thailand Goodluck Plant Adenium plant in a Plant Exhibition.

The adenium plant grows huge and the rhizome can even outgrow the size of the container , but the roots are few and the rhizome keeps increasing in size with less spread of roots. It may look almost like a plant bulb and this may be visible from above the soil layer over your plant container. If you grow the adenium in a big container the plant can reach high and spread over a large span of distance, like a majestic tree. 

Tips for flowering in Adenium Desert Rose - one important tip is to let the plant be. This plant does not require any special care and over watering and care will harm its growth. But do water regularly and though your nursery fellow will sell this adenium plant as indoor plant if you wish to see flowers allow it to get some amount of sunlight daily as this is a flowering plant and all flowering plants require full sunlight for many hours. For a feng shui garden this plant will be best grown in the north or north west to activate the area of helpful people in your life. But if this area does not receive any sunlight then you can place the plant in any direction or place where it grows healthily. As I always do, rotating plants till the best spot is found, I had my adenium plant shifted in all places to find the best growing spot in our garden and now the plant is happy and also giving good blooms.
Another important point to mention about adenium plant is that the plant may not produce many leaves. Do not get the misconception that the plant is dried and dying. Mine was almost like a stub of barren rhizome remaining and then fresh leaves came up as I continued watering. Many people also end up throwing away this beautiful plant and declare it dead! 
Adenium Obesum flowers
The plant has a lot of stored energy in its rhizome and sometimes the adenium plant goes in dormant stage after producing flowers many times. Let the plant be and continue regular watering during this phase. Sometimes the plant may also go all barren without any leaves and this is not a case for worry. After the dormant stage passes the plant will soon produce new leaves and flowers. Usually this stage comes after the adenium plant has given plenty of flowers and seed pods. So the energy of the plant has to be conserved after this process and hence the plant goes in dormant state.

Pink large sized flowers of Adenium plant

Found an old photo of my garden, so sweet memories of my roses

 We usually plant it in larger pots and this does not do justice to the beauty of this majestic plant. The Adenium plant is in fact a bonsai plant that can grow in very small containers and do not require much care and watering. They can also be grown indoors near a window that gets few hours of indirect sunlight. Great also for offices to bring in colour, joy and of course Awesum Feng Shui prosperity luck! This Adenium plant is becoming more and more popular nowadays as the plant has very showy flowers that look exactly like silk flowers. The flowers are pink or white and pink shading in colour, maroon, red, orangy pink, absolutely stunning colored hybrid Adeniums are available. . We have the deep pink flowering adenium and I think the depth of flower colour also depends upon the amount of sunlight the plant receives. 
This beautiful plant will find a special place in your heart not only for its showy and attractive flowers but also for its symbolic auspiciousness as prosperity plant. Meanwhile the bay has given its first in life blooms and so that much for love and connecting link remains with the parent plant! 
Meanwhile thinking of a major change of place, time may come to shift to a larger place without a terrace garden...but there is excitement of beginning a fresh garden , yup! I will continue to grow plants in whatever space I get!more creative ideas will surely come up with gardening!
so it is true, however much you are experienced with gardening and love these precious ones, there are some deaths...and we plant new ones , for an ever green , ever happy garden!
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Care of lantana flower plants, fragrant Vibrant Colourful lantana flowers plant Popping Flowers

Vibrant , colourful and fragrant, almost like nilgiri plants, Lantana Flowers are so easy to grow they are seen every where. usually a no nonsense plant, grows without any care and gives loads of blooms. 
Lantana plants are not a native of India and have migrated here. The lantana plants have survived less water and direct sunlight and we can see many places like Bangalore, Ooty and many other hill stations where these fragrant lantana plants are growing like crazy. The survival of these plants have made them a good choice by many gardeners and also their beautiful fragrant blooms are another attraction. These flowering plants are sued as borders and also as bushes to form central focal points in any garden design. 

Lantana plants have colourful flowers and the colours range from clear yellow, white to reds and oranges. We also see many shaded variety growing where the plant flowers into two colours. The centre of the bunch is different colour and the outer layer of flowers are different. I love the beautiful soft lilac and yellow shading , so soothing. 
The flowers though look very attractive on closer inspection we can see that the whole flower is made up of tiny small flowers. When we touch them the tiny flowers fall and can be closely observed . The blooms are very delicate though they remain on the plant for long. The small flowers are very fragrant and the fragrance is woody and strong. When planted in groups the lantana fragarnce can be felt from far away. Fragrance also feels like the Eucalyptus trees, and often the fragrance is confused with eucalyptus or nilgiri plants. The leaves are sharp and have a rough surface. Maybe there are tiny spikes on the surface of the leaves. So sharp are the leaves edges that we can accidentally cut our skin by rubbing with them to feel them. Yup, never try this, it has spikes hair, skin gets abraised. 
Soothing soft lilac pink Lantana Flowers

Yellow Orange Shaded variety of Lantana flowers

Yellow colour Lantana flowers

  Care of Lantana flower plants is very easy and the plants grow very fast. They need to be trimmed regularly to maintain their shape and also to encourage more flowering.do not require much water and with over watering may die. This is the main reason they die, due to root fungus and rot. 
 Another most important care is that the lantana plants are prone to white aphids and fungus attacks. I have lost so many Lantana plants due to this pest. As the plants can grow in full sunlight the best place would be to grow it under direct sunlight, this will some what also help to control the plant disease. Giving the plant a  thorough wash and shower also helps to treat the plant disease. Always a strong bath has helped save many plants from pests. 
The fragrance of lantana flowers is great and will enliven the whole atmosphere. The lantana plants are mostly selected because of the great colourful show they give when laden with blooms. The lantana flowers are a unique pattern of small flowers growing in a bunch together. They look almost like a big shaded flower but only on closer look we can see the tiny bunch of small flowers. The flowers are available in many colours and shades. White with cream, pink with yellow, red with orange or yellow, and sometimes even three colours together.
Absolutely beautiful tiny blooms, and bunches of happiness, Lantana flower plants!
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