QUOTE OF THE MONTH: A garden is never so good as it will be next year. - Thomas Cooper

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

White through the night

Last year, just around the monsoon, I had got a Juhi plant from the nearby plants nursery. The height of ignorance was that the guy at the nursery didn't even know the plant when I asked him about it. Since I had known the plant, I could make out from the couple of tiny white flowers that what plant was it, but just to be sure I put up the question to him, and he was just clueless as he could ever be. I decided to bring it back home. At home, I planted it in a pot, just in hope that it would bloom, since it was already monsoon, and the plants bore buds. However monsoon turned out to be unfortunate with all the rainfall missing out, so the plant didn't bloom very well. This year around, it was s different story. The plant had  been sitting down in the pot for around a year now, and had got enough to bloom profusely. At the onset of the monsoon season, I was a happy soul seeing the lush growth of the plant which appears to be like a vine. In some days, numerous buds started appearing and I was in for a delighted monsoon season gift.

Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
Juhi-It started off gently with a few buds
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
Juhi-It started off gently with a few buds with the buds eventually blooming
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
Juhi-It started off gently with a few buds with the buds eventually blooming
For that matter, I would say that just like other plants from the jasmine family, Juhi (Jasminum Auriculatum) is a sweetly fragrant flower which happens to possess quite a strong smell. The flowers, typical to most other jasmine family members, are white and bloom in late evenings. And as the flowers starts blooming, the surrounding gets drenched with the awesome fragrance of from the flowers. I will have to confess that the Arabian Jasmine too, sitting just next to this doesn't have such an overpowering scent as this small flower possesses.

Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A bigger bunch of Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A bigger bunch of Juhi blooms, captured in the evening, just after rains, with the buds still opening up
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A bigger bunch of Juhi blooms, captured in the evening, just after rains, with the buds still opening up

As I always do, I captured the moments through my camera's lens to keep the memories forever. Though photos can't give you the real feel, with the beautiful fragrance surrounding you on the rooftop, while you sit back and enjoy the cool breeze after a long day at work, but you can always get back the feeling of delight watching the pretty flowers bloom and nature giving you back so much for so little you did.

I will be back next week with something more interesting, maybe the canna lilies, (yellow ones) which my mother got from a neighbour, which are blooming these days. Till then keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Potato Harvest

Since my gardening adventures is all about trying new stuff, inspired by a post shared on pinterest, last year, I had planted a few potato wedges that had grown eyes in them. I did share a post too about the same in January, this year. Vegetable Gardening-Growing Potatoes was the post in which I shared my potato plants with you all. Well, at the time I had shared the post, the plants were already of around a month or two. In march, the plant was almost ready to be harvested. Well, almost, because my judgement was a bit flawed at the time when I dug out the small potatoes, a number of which had still time to grow bigger.
As much as my judgement was flawed, the plant didn't completely disappoint me. I still had a good enough harvest to be savoured home grown potatoes for a time of food. As happens with potatoes, the stems had started to turn yellow, and thinking that it's just a matter of a couple of days before the plant would completely turn yellow, or maybe, won't turn yellow completely because of the regular watering we were doing. I grew impatient to harvest the potatoes. The harvest wasn't as bad.









Just see for yourself. And well, if you are wondering about the harvest time, since this time of the year, there's no potato harvesting season, I'd like to confess that this harvest is from March this year. I had simply forgot posting the prized harvest up here. So, considering the fact that better late than never, I decided to put it up just before I was considering putting up the lovely jasmine blooms. Jasminum Sambac and Jasminum Auriculatum, both of which are blooming profusely in my garden these days. Anyways, the blooms are still on, and I guess, they will be there for a couple of more days before both the plants are done away with most of their blooming for the year. For the Arabian Jasmine, plant, it's the fourth round of blooming since February this year. The Jasmunum Auriculatum, (Juhi) has bloomed for the first time. Both their fragrance just lighten up the atmosphere on the rooftop, and as of now while I am writing this post, I am enjoying the fragrance of these beautiful blooms.

I will be back, next week to share with you, the Jasmine blooms, both Arabian Jasmine (Chameli) and Juhi. Till then, keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

From my Summer Garden

Last year, around this time only, I did a post showing my portulaca blooms. This time around, it's the portulacas again. Last year it was 22nd June, this year, it's 21st June. The portulacas that I got last year from the plants nursery bloomed, and did that beautifully, and throughout the summer, providing me much needed relief from the excruciating summer. This time around, though the summers haven't been that excruciating, because of some wet spells of untimely rainfall and some dust storms that have, ended up gicing us some respite from the summer heat. However, the last years portulacas had spread hundreds of tiny seeds in the pots they were planted in, and also in some of the nearby pots, and this time, since January, as the windet season set to come to its end for the year, the seeds germinated into tiny seedlings, and over time those seedlings grew up well to give me blooms for the summer season. Though, the variety of colours I had were missing this year, with the yellow ones taking it all, red ones were not too far behind, and then there were a few white/off-white coloured blooms, once ina while, that changed the overall look, and then, the portulaca grandiflora variety too is doing a great job this year.

There was a time, I used to have three different colour varieties of the grandiflora cultivar. However, over some years, due to some negligence, and the rainfall giving us a skip in monsoon, last year, I am left with just the pink one. The white and the mixed pink-white are gone. Anyways, as I always do, I took some shots of the blooms, to share them with you all. Here are the pictures. I sincerely hope that you'd enjoy the beauty of the blooms. In the meantime, I planned on getting a timelapse video too of the portulacas, however, this isn't happening of some odd reasons. As usually happens, I end up clicking photographs of the same flowers from different angles, and when I try posting them here, I find it difficult to remove too many shots to form the ones that would finally make it here, and hence post them all, so, you might end up finding shots of similar looking blooms throughout the collection.


I'll keep you guys posted with all of the happenings in my garden, which has turned out to be a happening place these days, due to the untimely spells of rains we are seeing since the beginning of this month. A lot is happening down there, and there's a lot to share with you all. The miniature roses I introduced last year are in blooms, something, that is somewhat odd for me to see. Then, II had got some stuff from my Garden Tourism Festival visit. The yellow Tulip was one of them. Though, it couldn't make it to the next year, as the only bulb died in the early summer heat, other stuffs like the Glorissa lily have germinated and seem to be doing good. Apart from that, the lily bulbs I had got last monsoon too have grown into many plants, and I am expecting them to bloom this monsoon. Apart from all these, the rains seem to have given a new lease of life to the Arabian Jasmine plants, both of which are in blooms, and are blooming for a third time this summer. I will get back with something more, in the upcoming posts. Till then, keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!

Metro Greens: Red portulaca
Red portulaca
Metro Greens: Yellow portulacas
Yellow portulacas
Metro Greens: Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Metro Greens: Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Metro Greens: Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Metro Greens: Red portulaca
Bunches of red portulacas
Metro Greens: Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Metro Greens: Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Metro Greens: Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Metro Greens: Red portulaca
A pot full of red portulacas

Metro Greens: Red portulaca
Red portulacas
Metro Greens: Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Portulaca Grandiflora (Pink)
Metro Greens: Yellow portulacas
Yellow portulacas
Metro Greens: Red portulaca
Triplets of red portulacas
Metro Greens: Red portulaca
Triplets of red portulacas - A closeup
Metro Greens: White portulaca
White portulacas
Metro Greens: Yellow portulacas
Yellow portulaca
Metro Greens: Yellow portulacas
Yellow portulaca
Metro Greens: Red portulaca
Red portulacas
Metro Greens: Red portulaca
Red portulacas

Metro Greens: White portulaca
White portulacas

        I'll keep you guys posted with all of the happenings in my garden, which has turned out to be a happening place these days, due to the untimely spells of rains we are seeing since the beginning of this month. A lot is happening down there, and there's a lot to share with you all. The miniature roses I introduced last year are in blooms, something, that is somewhat odd for me to see. Then, II had got some stuff from my Garden Tourism Festival visit. The yellow Tulip was one of them. Though, it couldn't make it to the next year, as the only bulb died in the early summer heat, other stuffs like the Glorissa lily have germinated and seem to be doing good. Apart from that, the lily bulbs I had got last monsoon too have grown into many plants, and I am expecting them to bloom this monsoon. Apart from all these, the rains seem to have given a new lease of life to the Arabian Jasmine plants, both of which are in blooms, and are blooming for a third time this summer. I will get back with something more, in the upcoming posts. Till then, keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Herbs on my terrace

Gardening through my adventures, I have been introducing new plants in my rooftop garden. While most of these are blooming perennials like roses, tuberoses, and lilies, I have been trying out vegetable plants once in a while. The brinjal experiment last year was quite a success. Apart from that, the chillies, that feature in my garden almost every time, always give me some great results.
Herbs too have always been part of my garden. Be it the curry leaf plant that I always have in my garden for the culinary uses of the leaves. You might be knowing that curry leaves are widely used in south Indian cuisines, and being someone who likes south Indian cuisine quite a lot, it really makes sense for me to have an important ingredient of this cuisine, rather than going without it. Apart from curry leaf (Bergera koenigii) plant, I've got Tulsi (holy basil) plant as well. It's much more important for religious regions. Beyond that, tulsi plant is considered an important medicinal plant, as leaves of this plant possess many medicinal properties.

Beautiful curry leaf blooms. Looks like miniature lilies, isn't it?
Beautiful curry leaf blooms. Here's another bunch of those beautiful blooms.
Fruits on the curry leaf plant. These will drop down and germinate, giving me more curry leaf plants.
Fruits on the curry leaf plant. These will drop down and germinate, giving me more curry leaf plants.
The holy basil (tulsi) plant. As far as I know, we have two varieties of these, one with green stems and green leaves, and another one with dark purplish tint to the stems, and this is the second one.
I have, time and again posted about the fennel plants, which again is an important herb, seeds of which find an important in our culinary preparations. I, however like it for its beautiful yellow coloured small blooms, which bloom in large clusters. Some time back, in this summer, I arranged a bay leaf plant for my garden. The plant was in some kind of shock having been travelled more than 1500 kilometres, and being planted in a grow bag, 20 feets above ground. But of late, it seems to have settled down, and has started showing signs of live. Again, leaves of the Indian bay leaf (malabathrum), is widely used in our cooking for its strong smell and flavour.

The bayleaf plant. It's looking better these days.
The beautiful blooms of fennel.
The beautiful blooms of fennel.
Then recently, we found something odd growing in one of the pots. This was something like some really wide leaved grass, and luckily, it got spared being pulled out by the neck. We let it grow, and it turned out to be turmeric. Do I need to tell you about that too? Okay, turmeric too is widely used in Indian cuisine, and has been proven to carry tonnes of medicinal properties. And then, mint has always been a hot favourite. It has got many uses in our cuisine. And then, mint is known to be a refreshing herb, and can be used to prepare refreshing drinks.

Turmeric plant
Mint
With these, the herb collection that's there in my garden, at this time is over. I do grow some seasonal herbs like coriander too, but that's something done in winters. For now, I will wrap up. Will be back with something new, since, the weather has turned somewhat good, it has started raining once in a while, giving us Delhiites, much wanted relief from the scorching summer heat. And then, the monsoon season is around the corner. That means, I will again have the tuberoses blooming, and who knows, the lilies too might bloom this time around, giving me a visual treat. I'll keep you guys posted with all of the happenings in my garden. Till then, keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!