QUOTE OF THE MONTH: "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."-- Abraham Lincoln

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

A piece of aquatic life

In my last post, I gave a hint about my plan to bring in some aquatic beauties in my home. I’ve always been mesmerised by lotuses and water lilies. Maybe, because, these are quite hard to find. These, particularly lotuses (Nelumbo nucifera), in the religion, I follow - Hinduism, it has been portrayed as a symbol of divine. This means that lotus has quite a sacred place in our religion. More important than its divine and sacred status, I give more importance to the beauty associated with lotuses.
While browsing other gardeners’ blogs from throughout the world, I came across some peoples’ blogs who have lotuses planted in containers. So, I’ve been thinking of getting my own lotuses on my rooftop. Since I like experimenting with my garden, I went ahead and bought some lotus seeds from eBay, since that was the only place I found the seeds.
Metro Greens: Lotus
Lotus seed packet with the orange lotus.
Metro Greens: Lotus
Screenshot of the orange lotus as displayed on the seller's page. 
Metro Greens: Lotus
The second one. A cream and pink lotus.
Metro Greens: Lotus
A screenshot of the second lotus I bought. 
Metro Greens: Lotus
The lotus seed with a part of the shell cut for easy germination.
Metro Greens: Lotus
The lotus seeds immersed in the water for germination.
When I told about my plan to plant lotuses, to my mother, she surprisingly didn’t yell at me. :P When I asked, she said lotuses are beautiful. Lotuses, as I understand, are quite easy to grow, as they have to be planted in water.
The instructions too, as provided by the eBay seller on the listings page were quite easy to understand and follow. There was nothing complicated as are the instructions for rose seeds. You just need to put the seeds in some water and as per the instructions, the water needed to be replaced twice a day, understandably so, as the seeds released some whitish substance in the water and it was there both, in the evening and the morning even after changing the water both the times. The instructions also asked to cut the seeds towards the mouth to allow the plant germinate properly through the hard shell of the seed. However, I didn’t need to do it as the seller had already sent the seeds with the shells cut for easy germination. It was quite nice of them to have done that.

Metro Greens: Lotus
The germinated lotus seed, the first one.
Metro Greens: Lotus
The germinated lotus seed, the second one.
Metro Greens: Lotus
The germinated lotus seeds.
Metro Greens: Lotus
The germinated lotus seeds.
Metro Greens: Lotus
The germinated lotus seeds.
Metro Greens: Lotus
The germinated lotus seeds.
Metro Greens: Lotus
The germinated lotus seeds.
Metro Greens: Lotus
The germinated lotus seeds.
Metro Greens: Lotus
The germinated lotus seeds.
The instructions said the seeds will take around a week to germinate, and quite surprisingly, the first seed germinated within the first two days, and the remaining ones, except one have now germinated after a week. The first one is now quite big and it needed to be transplanted, so this morning, I did it in a plastic tub, that I asked my mother to buy for planting the seeds. With the water filled in the tub and a layer soil, I transferred the first seedling to its new home.
The remaining ones, as they grow bigger will be transferred and hopefully, I’ll have some healthy lotuses in a few weeks’ time, and some blooms in. I’ll keep you all posted about these. I'll be back the next week with new blooms and stories from my small garden. Till then keep experimenting and HAPPY GARDENING!

Monday, 13 October 2014

New plants in the garden

My gardening journey goes on, no matter how and what goes on. Almost every once in a while, I introduce new plants in my garden, be it with the help of seeds I saved from the last year, or ones I collect from somewhere or I buy them from some gardening supplies stores; or with the help of seedlings and saplings that I procure every now and then. So, carrying forward on the journey, since the winters are round the corner, I decided to reach out and grab some winter plants in my garden. This time around, I brought home some adeniums, planning to put them indoors, once they grow and bloom. Apart from adeniums, I got some saplings of dianthuses as well. It’s too early to get my hands on the Dahlias, the ones I was getting were small ones, which I don’t like quite much.
My last year’s stint with the dianthuses was quite a good one to force me get some dianthuses this time again. Though, from a plant, it’s not possible to make out the colour of bloom you’ll get, and if you want to, you have to rely upon the information, the plants seller provides you until you get to see the blooms for yourself.
Metro Greens: Adenium Saplings
Adenium Saplings
Metro Greens: Dianthus Saplings
Dianthus Saplings
Metro Greens: Dianthus Saplings
Dianthus Saplings
Metro Greens: Dianthus Sapling
Dianthus Sapling planted in a pot.
Metro Greens: Adenium Sapling
Adenium Sapling planted in a pot. I'll move this to a proper plot once this grows a bit bigger.
Apart from the saplings, I bought seeds of lemon grass. While browsing the internet, I bought some Lotus seeds, which I wanted to have in my own garden, ever since I saw people planting them in containers, even on rooftops and balconies. So, went ahead and bought some lotus seeds from ebay. And as per the instructions, I have them soaked in water to allow germination. More on that in the next post, by then, hopefully, the seeds would germinate as well. I’ll leave you guys here for today. Will be back next week with a new post. Till then, keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!