Sunday, September 30, 2012

Artist Are You Scared ? Will you Survive! - by Rizwana A Mundewadi

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Artist Are you scared? whenever you see other artists works or visit exhibitions are you scared? I see that many us become a bit taken aback! especially after seeing the sales meter! it is human nature and every artist must accept this emotion as normal. Oh, I have not made so many paintings, or when taken aback they immediately start saying, I have just begun painting, or I just paint for hobby! The difference in positive thinking comes in what you do after this. I have learned to accept emotions, face them. It is not important how you feel now but how you react and what you do after this that designs your destiny.
Emotions have been with mankind since the evolution time and as there is love so also is anger, jealousy and greed.Competition like in every field is also in art. Do you sell by misleading the buyer in some one else's exhibition? promoting your art and degrading and laughing off some one else's? Karma is at work and as you sow so shall you reap.
Reiki and universal life force here comes into your lives. It is very very important that you believe that each one is unique, the universe has everything in abundance, you just have to tap it. Accepting emotions is the first step towards success and the immense possibilities with your life. There is no replacement to hard sincere effort. Remember successful people do things that most people do not like, they get up early and work towards their goals, they live for their goals! They go out and find work, they persevere and persist in their ventures. Then comes vast blessings from nature, grace descends upon those who are persistent. Keep the ball rolling as  a rolling stone does not collect moss.
Shine your core star in the whole world. Each one has a special place in this universe and as we are all inter connected to form a complete whole, so also each one is unique, special, no two you's ! I would be happy that I leave behind good happy art. That which will bring happiness, good health, wealth, prosperity and good luck to everyone. I do not have this other fear also which many  artists have, someone will copy their art! I will be the most happiest person if someone copy's my art,we need lots of healing artists to heal the earth, please come forward and make more of happy art.
"work and pray, pray and work, again work and pray and pray and work.......whether you see much fruit or not, remember Universe loves to see you work with your life, deserve every bit of the success.  All the best from Rizwana!
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Friday, September 28, 2012

The Healthy Blooms of Brahma Kamal Flowering Plant

The Brahma Kamla plant found in Himalayas is often mixed with the plant seen growing on window sill in homes. Named Saussurea Obvallata it is the plant growing in hilly regions and not found here. The original name of this plant what we call Brahma Kamal is a flowering cactus, Epiphyllum Oxypetallum, Orchid cactus which blooms at night. The blooms are very big and grow as extensions from the leaves itself.
It is believed to bring in loads of good luck and prosperity and a home where the flowers bloom is very auspicious and lucky. So waiting for the experience, the fragrance, the size, the colour, the shape , in fact the whole Brahma Kamal flower is unique and blooms only at night. The Brahma kamla flower begins to open after sunset and night sets in and reaches its maximum beauty and the flower is fully open by eight and remains till early morning only. If you miss it, it is gone, the flower is spent by sunrise.
What a sight! a healthy Brahma Kamla plant growing in full swing, loaded with big blooms, so many !
A healthy Brahma kamla plant with plenty of big blooms
couldn't help but share this! especially since I have been trying, struggling to grow this, with success in so many flowering and rare plants, I surely do wish i get to see the blooms in our terrace garden.
The Majestic Brahma Kamal Flowers
 Leaving aside the five previous Brahma Kamal plants who are on pause mode, I look at them and they stare, no response, music therapy, cutting, repotting , and feedings, tried it all! a small tiny leaf sometime, and thought hey are growing now the rate is too slow! 
Tips for Brahma kamal Plant Flowers and lessons I have learned- 1) Avoid re potting the Brahma kamal and feed the plant regularly for flowering. 2)Do not trim leaves let them dry on the Brahma Kamal plant itself.3)Do not over water, the Brahma kamal plant has fleshy stem leaves and can do away with less water.4) Cowdung is best for flowering as manure.5) Finally, most important, do try to get a healthy mature Brahma Kamal plant, growing plant from leaves cuttings takes lots of years for the plant to mature and give your blooms. our local nurseries also have small Brahma Kamal plants so the search continues for a healthy flowering Brahma kamal plant...will keep posted
New Brahma kamal Plant in Container
Our new Brahma kamal plant has taken to good growth and has developed new leaves fast within two  months. This time I am taking precautions of beetles, spiders and bugs who chew on leaves and make holes in the Brahma kamal plant leaves. They enjoy the fleshy stem of this plant.As for the experience out of this world, the big blooms of Brahma Kamal flowers, the wait still continues...
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Healthy Growth Tips for Jasmine jai Juhi Fragrant Fast Growing Climber

Heavenly fragrant Jasmine Flowers in Container
 As the heat sets in and temperatures are rising in the day and we have cooler nights with chilly breeze over our terrace garden a welcome sight is the white heavenly fragrant flowers on the jasmine climber. The plant has taken good growth very soon and has spread with support of the rose plants covering the thorns, a blessing in disguise!
White Jai Juhi Flowers
 Early mornings are great with the fragrance travelling in the whole garden and feeling refreshed and happy! learned another new meaning for happiness is fresh natural flower fragrances.
Healthy Growth Tips of Jasmine Climber Creeper
 The jasmine plant grows from the direction of tip as a climber , but I guess if we trim the tips it will grow in a bush.
Healthy growing of Jasmine plant tips- 1) Select a healthy plant from the nursery, no black or brown spots on leaves, reason fro infection. See the leaves whether they are firm or drooping, signs of less water and care, risk of surviving when bought. Colors of leaves must be bright green in healthy jasmine plant.
Fresh Lime Green Leaves of jasmine flowering plant
2) Grow the plant in bigger container if you need a good length of growth as climber or creeper from this jasmine. So also you will get many good blooms which can be used to make gajras, hair decorations or malas for offering in temples to God. Tough plant containers must be selected as the weight of the jasmine climber is more and the container must be able to bear this. Select cement or metal containers for best long life. Hard tough soil for strong support to the weight of the climber.Water daily in early growth stages , once grown bigger the plant can bear skipping in watering.
3) Trim the tips before the plant has produced flowers. I have been trimming the new growths in jasmine plant of excessive growth in all directions, it looks and grows in all directions like a green flower. If you wish to grow as bush then leave them . Otherwise trim the weak shoots to give the climber a sense of direction one way according to your grill trellis or support. This will encourage healthy growth in your jasmine plant and also encourage bigger jasmine jai juhi blooms.
4) While plucking the flowers do take care to handle the climber gently. Be careful of birds nipping the tips of plants for fresh leaves. Grow away from bird bath or bird feeders as the blooms are sweet and birds love them. Select a shady area on your window sill or garden where the jasmine plant receives few hours of early morning or evening sunlight and not direct sunlight.
5) Another practical tip for using the Jasmine flowers in a room or cupboard as air fresheners is do not put them in water containers or vases. If kept in water the flowers will rot and die sooner within hours, leave aside will also not spread any fragrance. The jasmine flowers spread fragrance only when flowers are in dry conditions and the flowers will give out fragrance even after drying two to three days, but on the plants the heavenly fragrance remains for more days if the jasmine is grown away from direct blast of air or wind.

Friday, September 21, 2012

How to Plant a Bird Friendly Garden and Importance of birds in Garden

Mynas, parrots, sparrows, pigeons, koyal, king fishers, crows, eagles, hawks, bats, owls, and many colourful birds,we have seen them all. right from under the sky , from our own terrace garden. Any garden however many plants and flowers they have look blank without positive chi from the birds. This feng shui energy is believed to come from heaven and helps in healing past karma and present life. Terrace is an open space available to lucky few and still fewer try to grow a garden. As many love flowers, hardly some plant fruit trees or plants that favor bird life.


Water cabbage plant in bird bath

Pair of Myna Birds
Over the years with regular love, care and feeds there are many birds that are our friendly guests regularly.
Alexandrine Parakeet enjoying fruit in Terrace garden

White Pigeon

Sparrows

White Pigeon Dove Bird

Always Available Humble Crow


Myna Birds showing their meal
Plant fruit trees in your garden which birds like. Guava, peach, Jamun, Chickoo, apples, and as these may not be very easy with our climatic conditions if you are growing fruit is containers they sure will frequent your terrace.
Parakeet after the rains
I have found that parakeets and other birds love to eat pea seeds, and many birds nibble on flowers especially chrysanthemums, marigold and blue bells. They also love the worms, ants, spiders, snails, and earth worms which are added spice to their meals.
Blue Bells fastest growing Climber

Water cabbage in water -easiest growing water plant in pond
Water cabbage growing in our bird bath is easiest growing plant in water as lotus and water lillies will require much space these plants are happy in small circular containers also.
As you love to watch birds when they feed and take bath you must also take care that they do not mess up too much with your plants so that they die, like our chinese roses are always plucked by pigeons and many stems seen on the ground! So plant these in seperate corners without access to birds.
You may have a bird feeder where you can put seeds, pellets, cooked rice, chapatis and left over food. Birds especially love toast crumbs and bread along with milk. As for the humble crows you may give them anything they gorge on it!  bones and cartilage cut in small pieces of chicken, mutton or fish parts are what crows love and have a hearty meal of it.
Our Alexandrine parakeet especially loves nuts. Badam and Pista are an important part of her breakfast menu. Love birds feed on bread crumbs, chapati, cooked rice, leaves of spinach, corriander, suva, methi leaves along with their seed pellets.
How to attract birds to your Terrace garden- I have seen many great gardens, landscaped professionally after spending lots on it, but no birds. Birds do not come on their own. You have to be patient after planting bird friendly trees and plants. Put up a comfortable bird house nearby on a tree if possible. A bird bath or water fountain is a welcoming sight as smooth flowing water is considered very auspicious especially in feng shui.Have this water feature in the north if possible or center of your terrace garden.
Feed them with food everyday, you may have specially cooked food if their are karmic issues to be resolved or left over daily food can be put up on a corner or space where birds can see and can easily eat it.Do not expect them to feed from your hands immediately, give them some time to be familiar with the environment and you. After they learn to trust you you will be happy they even feed from your hand!
The pair of white pigeons
 Enjoy birds and see how they fight, play, enjoy water and you will see just like us they also have their teams and colleagues and best friends and mates! there is daily fight for survival by the lingering threat from the  hawks and eagles flying nearby, still how they enjoy each and every moment of their life.I have seen crows attack eagles as against vice versa where we know eagles are tough!and sparrows drive away crows when in groups! the bossy aggressive pigeon bathes first and even though there is plenty of space in the bird bath will not allow others till he is satisfied, only then will he let others to drink!

Butterfly Cocoon on feng shui lucky Bamboo plant

Friendly Female parakeet Parrot 
enjoy your bird garden and learn lessons of life.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Natural Dragon Symbols in the Sky Feng Shui for Terrace Garden

Two Overlapping Dragon Symbol in the Sky
 A miraculous sight in the evening before sunset. The sky was clear and the great distinct symbol of two overlapping serpents, dragons as in Buddhism is considered very auspicious the unending mystic knot , couldn't capture the complete symbol because of overhead wires. Dragons are considered very auspicious in feng shui and two dragons are very lucky.
Two Intertwined Snakes Symbol in the Sky
 Similarity between the auspicious Buddhism symbol of two gold fishes swimming in harmony, absolute bliss and that after few days of completing the dragon painting.
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Caterpillar Larvae of Butterfly
 Meanwhile the butterflies are having a good time feasting on our orange and lemon plants and there are plenty of larvae everywhere eating voraciously and leaving the plant barren!
Feng Shui terrace garden
Feng shuing your garden is another way to bring in positive energy into your life. Terrace garden feng shui must fulfill the aim of having a terrace garden in your home. Whether you need to feel relaxed into your terrace garden or you need to be refreshed will lead you to the next decision of selecting plants for gardening.
Space may be a matter for some with a small balcony size terrace whereas some have a huge area as terrace.In either case feng shui principles and feng shui Ba Gua Map when followed will make you feel happy with your effort of gardening and choosing the right plants will give you an ever green garden.
1) Form a square shape or as close to the square shape mentally or on paper of your terrace.
2) Your climatic conditions and which plants will grow best in your environment of available sunlight.
Pink Rose for feng shui fame
3)South- Area of fame and recognition. Have predominantly pink and red coloured flowering plants or red leaves plants. This area supports the element of fire and is considered small earth and you need to have strong big trees or plants here.Flowers that will bring fame are poppies, roses, blue belles. In trees cherry , orange, lemon As this represents the fire element you may have a fireplace or barbecue here or can hang colourful lights in south area of your terrace.
Red amaryllis for fame
Red carribean Plant for south

 
4) South west- Area of relationships marital prospects and marital happiness. Predominate colour flowers must be yellow. Being and supporting big earth. Emotional security daffodils, lillies, tulips, roses, gardenia, lavender (Still on my wish list!) periwinkle, geraniums. Mint or ajwain herb is considered very good to be planted here. Have your stone statue or artefact or stone here.
5)West - Area for fertility creativity and children. Select flowers in yellow and white colors.lily, morning glory, gardenia-Anant, white kaner, tagar, mogra, chameli, jai juhi etc as this area supports small metal you can hang a metal wind chime here. Also can add a gazing globe or small silvery artefacts that will reflect sunlight and shine, to improve creativity and children luck.
Orange Roses for good luck 
6) North West- Area for helpful friends and travel luck. While , yellow, orange are the predominant colours here. the area supports Big metal so you can have table and chairs to welcome grace into your home and help into your life, especially metal wrought iron furniture for garden.Passion flower, sunflowers, pea climbers, anant, mogra, champa- white yellow flowers, jade, silver jade.
White flowers for north, North east and west directions


White fragrant flowers for south west, north and northwest feng shui directions









Yellow Roses for north and north west feng shui directions



Peach coloured Aboli flowers for Northwest

Jade plant for south east

Money plant for south east




Ornamental Chilies for South

Peach Coloured Flowers for North West

Majestic red Rose for South

Purple Plants for North

Purple luck feng shui
7) North-Career.prospects This area supports metal element. dark blue, purple coloured flowers are best here. Silver jade, anant, jasmine, champa, periwinkle, mint all can be grown here for improving career luck. As this represents water you may have a pond or water fountain and bird bath here to invite heaven luck.Can also have a fishes for good luck in your terrace garden pond.
8) North East- Yellow and orange colours are best here.Jasmine, marigold, chrysanthemums, sunflower, roses can be planted here. This area is small earth and it is auspicious to have a rock garden here. You may arrange colourful stones or rocks here or display stones in this area for self progress.
East- Family relationships and health- predominant color green, lush green plants , all shades of green. This area is termed as big wood and it is considered very auspicious in feng shui to have at least one big tree here like gulmohar..
9) South East- Wealth and Money- Most important area of your terrace garden. All fruit trees are best grown here. Jade plants, money plants and all round leaved fleshy stem plants bring wealth and money luck. Small wood supports this area so have wood in any form here. A swing, or artefact of wood. Maybe a moving wind mill to bring fresh energy with rotations as circulating movements activate chi.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Flowers Growing in Snow Himalayan Region Tips for Growing Flowers in Cold Climates

Himachal pradesh is a very beautiful place with colourful flowers and snow covered mountains. Kullu Manali a favorite destination for many is a great hill station , especially during Mumbai heat summer season that is from April to September. As during winter season it is very very cold with snow fall and hail storms.

Colourful Flowers on Snow Covered Mountains of himachal Pradesh
The miracle of nature, a breath taking sight was at thousands of feet above ground level , in midst of the himalayan mountain rages at the foot steps were beautiful colourful flowers growing in snow. The top of the mountains were snow clad and temperatures were very low. With freezing cold temperatures it was  a breath taking view of the snow on top with colourful flowers growing at its feet.
Snow covered mountains of Himachal pradesh
 I would often wonder how people in UK and US and other countries having snow fall would plant such colourful gardens and maintain them. I got the answers here among the peaks of Himalayas.

greenery on Himalayan Mountains
 With the snow melting as day began there were water falls from every nook and corner of the huge mountains in Himachal pradesh. The flowering bulbs and seeds have survived the cold temperatures and snow and have sprung up from unexpected places covering the whole mountain range. This just answers so many questions of nature ' it takes care of itself' it is we humans who destroy the harmony and balance by lighting fires and cooking foods! Flowers in the snow covered mountains of himalayan range from bulbs to seed plants. Wonder how they have come up, someone may have planted them and who deserves applauds as the mission is successful and flowers will continue to bloom every season even after the person passes away.
Gushing waterfalls in himachal pradesh  himalayas
The flowers growing were beautiful day lilies of many colours from bright cheery yellows to peaceful whites to purple. I think they were gladiolus flowers in purple that made a great composition of yellow and purple amongst the shades and hues of natural green. The Brahma kamal plants were in plenty as this climate and soil in the Himalayas supports the growth of the Brahma Kamla flowers.
When you wish to see Flowers growing in snow keep the soil rocky and hardy. Moist soil will kill the plants and seeds underground with becoming soggy with water flowing.
If you stay in snow covered regions and wish to select plants for garden or planting bulbs are your best bet. Once invested they continue to give you beautiful blooms , of course until someone destroys the bulb!
Rhizomes and bubs of many flowers like lilies, amaryllis, tube roses etc can be sowed before spring and as the waters melt from the snow so do the new shoots come out from the ground.
Bulbs and seeds of many plants can be saved during snow fall by covering the ground by grass and husks of dried plants during winter. As spring comes up you may remove the covering on the ground by clearing off this or allow this to act as mulch for your flowering plants.Nature gives lessons itself and on observing this in the snow covered Himalyan region of Himachal pradesh I have learned many tips of growing plants in cold climates.Many people staying in cold temperature countries also bring their potted plants indoors to protect them from frost and chills. And the ones who love plants , the plants do give them lovely booms in return, no matter the conditions and climates!

Feng Shui Simple Tips for Success - Artists - by Rizwana A Mundewadi

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Artists who are struggling and those who work hard but have not seen the light of the day, can follow simple feng shui cures and open doors of success into their lives. Not only will they attract recognition but will also hear the jingles of money coming their way. Feng shui science helps one to be at ease with your environment as a result this brings happiness, peace and prosperity. Artists can follow simple feng shui tips to attract luck and success in their artist' career.Studying feng shui since past many years I have shared many tips and here I wish to share few tips for artists to get success in their careers. (http://fengshui-simplecures.blogspot.in)

1) Clear off clutter. Organize your work place, all that you need and that which you have not touched since the past five years. If you do not need certain things but love them you may store them in attic or store room. Keep your work place your studio organised so that when you need something you do not have to search for it. This brings in an organized energy whch promotes success as you know where you are going.Clutter and mess in your work place indicates the same energy in your life and artist career.

2) Record your work. You must know how many paintings you have, their details, the materials used and the year you have made these artworks. This will give you control over your life and your work. Usually when art does not sell there is tendency to store artworks them in attic where the paintings are in cobwebs and home to spiders. If you are doing the same and do not have space to store them at least keep a watch at them regularly and keep your paintings clean. 

3) Your art depends upon some important things. Like a surgeon needs his instruments for success in surgery, so do you need paints and brushes. Look carefully all the materials you need. Buy good quality materials, canvas, paper, colors as these are essential to make good art. Keep them clean and organised so that while painting you do not need to search for that particular knife or brush.Keep your materials and brushes clean, take care of them as they will help to produce good art.

4) Let in nature into your llife. This is very important that you connect with nature to maintain positive energy, balance and harmony. This does not in any way mean you need to have a garden, you may have a green bamboo plant on your work table or have a green ornamental plant in your studio. If you have a green thumb and do not love plants you may also have a silk or artificial plant inside that will uplift your energy as well as your work place feng shui.Your south east section caters to wealth and prosperity sector in your life and you may place a plant or wood artefact here to uplift the eneyg here.

5) Avoid negative people. These are energy suckers who drain all yoru creative energy whenever you meet tham. By this I mean you may meet some friends, neighbours, family , relatives just anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable with your art. these energy drainers may be any people who when you meet, be little you and your artist career, by commenting that art does not sell, this is not for you, you are wasting time and money in making art. There is no cure for such people and do not try to convince them or give explanations as this will be futile and a waste of your energy.Focus on proving them wrong by continuing to make art.

6) Display and connect with art galleries, online art galleries, artists, collectors, corporates and whoever you feel can purchase or show interest in your art. For this keep your mobile phone in the north west section of your work table or studio to attract helpful friends and travel luck into your life. Regularly keep updating your status as artist so that not only other people recognise you but also you unconsciously send a message to the universe that you want to follow this path in your life.

7) For any artist the most important aspect is to sell. Feng shui cures help to remove blocked karmic influences  by welcoming positive energy. You may decorate your prosperity corner by things which indicate success , richness and wealth, symbols of prosperity.

8) Most important thing for any artst is to keep making art. Your creativity corner in feng  shui falls in the west section and this area needs to be kept clean and decorated with lights and colours. Feng shui element for west section, your creativity area is metal and the colours favouign this area are gwhite , gray, and metallic gold or silver. You may display paintings having similar colours in them to improve feng shui energy here.

9) You may also have a feng shui tower or feng shui globe in the north for career opportunites and success in all your new ventures. This will not only attract new buyers but also improve relationships with previous collectors.

10) Finally be surrounded by art. Cleaning the clutter and organising does not mean you paint your artist  studio white and keep all things tucked inside, this will hamper your creativity. Have a special wall on the south section which has colourful pictures or feng shui paintings where the prominent colour is red, the area in feng shui that promotes success, fame and recognition.

All the best to all artists of the world and do share your views and suggestions.

I wish to make simple, colorful, understandable healing art.

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How to Store Curry Leaves for Long Time

Curry Patta Plant
The curry leaves plant was always on my wish list and after trying to plant many times this time I was successful in growing a healthy curry leaves plant in a container.Curry leaves are an important daily herbs quota in many Indian dishes. We know how the fragrant curry leaves makes our dals tasty and appealing as well as the dahi kadi which is incomplete without the tadka of curry leaves. I used to always long for fresh curry leaves but whenever the leaves brought from market were stored in refrigerator they would remain fresh for few days and then would become black spoiled and also lose its herbal fragrance.
Curry leaves Big plant Tips
 After the rainy season our curry leaves plant has grown well and has also branched out well. Touch wood our curry leaves plant is healthy as I have seen this plant catches white fungus and also pests. 
Dried Curry leaves
Easy storing tips of curry leaves- A very simple and easy solution to store curry leaves (before we had the plant in our family) was to first allow the curry leaves to dry. Clean the fresh curry leaves and dry it on news paper. Now you can store the dried leaves in news paper in  a plastic bag for many days. remember to make the leaves totally dry other wise they may spoil and turn black and will be of no use to you.
Clean the leaves thoroughly and then put on paper. Allow the leaves to dry naturally for a day or in some indirect sunlight. Now you can roll the leaves in a news paper and store in plastic bag.
Herb Curry leaves for Health
Stored curry leaves can be used as seasoning like the original leaves after washing. You may also crush the dried leaves and add the powder of curry leaves to dishes.
Drying and Storing Tips for curry leaves
Another easy storing tip would be to grind curry leaves. Grinding curry leaves with little water a pinch of salt to preserve and store in deep freezer in a air tight container. You can also store in small cubes form so that when required you may add a cube of curry leaves to your dishes. Chutneys can be prepared using curry leaves with little garlic and corriander to make tasty chutneys. You may also add corriander and mint leaves along with curry leaves for tasty chutney.This can be used as a dip for pakoras, kebabs and many starters.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Night Blooming Jasmine Raat Ki Rani Cestrum Nocturnum Plant Care and Tips

Fragrant Raat Rani Plant Cestrum Nocturnum
 Queen of Night or our commonly known raat ki raani is a fragrant flowering bush. Commonly also known as Night blooming jasmine, night scented jessamine the cestrum nocturnum fowering bush can grow in all climates and is an evergreen flowering bush. After hearing a lot of tales and folk lores about this heavenly fragrant plant the desire to plant this bush in my terrace garden was too strong and this time I decided to add this raat rani plant to my family of fragrant jasmines and champa flowering plants. The fragrance is heavenly citrus and distinct and can be felt from many houses away especially in the summers when the days are hot and the nights cool. The new entry Raat ki rani palnt is growing in container in a place where it gets partial sunlight for some parts of the day.When the new plant of raat ki rani was planted it drooped and few leaves also turned yellow and dropped. But the rains have brought a new spurt to the night blooming jasmine.
White Tubular Fragrant Flowers in Bunches
 There is a riot of fragrances on our terrace with many plants commanding attention. The plant night blooming jasmine has flowered well and the bush has white tubular flowers growing in a bunches. It seems the plant is very humble and is laden with many fragrant flowers. The plant I hear develops fruits like berries after flowering. It is also known that the raat rani plant cestrum nocturnum has all parts that are poisonous, right from the flowers to the roots to the berries.Have to be careful with my birds and I have planted this beautiful fragrant flowering bush raat ki rani in a container and have kept it in a partially shaded area where birds do not come frequently.

Drooping Bunches of Heavenly Fragrant Raat Rani Flowers
Care of raat ki rani would include watering regularly and choosing the right place for planting. The plant when skipped watering droops and develops yellow leaves which lead to leaf drop and drying of the plant. The plant after flowering will need dead heading of flowers and trimming to get plenty of healthy blooms.
Queen of Night Jessamine Flowering Bush
The raat ki rani grows best when trimmed and kept in the size and shape of a bush other wise it grows thin developing a long stem trailing like a climber and taking over the other pots. It look also good when the white flowers grow on the bush and the sight is wonderful to see the round shape of the raat ki rani bush laden with tiny tubular while flowers growing in bunches drooping down with its weight, and of course the heavenly fragrance. I still have to get it clear that the flowers only start spreading fragrance when late evening sun sets in and night breeze blows.
There is also a folk lore or belief heard since ages that this raat ki raani attracts snakes, maybe because of its fragrance there may be a host of bees and birds near it! some people also mention growing the Din Ka Raja plant Cestrum Diurnum near it to ward off this belief , well till now not experienced , and I doubt all these beliefs, with so many fragrances around champa, jasmine, jai juhi, mogra, tube roses and the many colourful fragrant roses growing on our terrace, I guess I have a strong attraction to these fragrant flowering plants.I believe the angels nature spirits may be happily dancing at night enjoying the heavenly fragrances around our terrace.Welcoming healing spirits to our home my planting and gardening an ode to nature and a blessing I have got with a green thumb.
As for the pet alexandrines, pigeons, mynas and sparrows and the dotted sparrows and the white pair of doves (one is missing since two days) living nearby the terrace wonder if really a snake would be welcomed , will surely update!
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