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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Ringa Ringa Roses!

This post is all about roses. The spring season was a good time to have great blooms, and roses which have the highest population in my garden were all in blooms, in all, three red rose plants, an orange, a dark pink and a light pink, and two miniatures, a creamy white and another yellow-orange bloomed this spring. And the blooms were just as awesome as they could have been. You would believe me as you check out the pictures I'm going to share with you down.

Metro Greens: Red Rose
A red rose about to bloom
An orange rose about to bloom
A beautiful bud of an orange rose.
Metro Greens: Red Rose
A red rose in bloom.
Metro Greens: Red Rose
Another red rose about to bloom
Metro Greens: Red Rose
A red rose bud.
Metro Greens: The pink rose bloom.
The pink rose bloom.
Metro Greens: Bunch of Red Rose
A bunch of red roses.
Metro Greens: The pink rose bloom.
The pink rose bloom.
The pink blooms (not the light ones, the darker shade of pink, yes, the one right above) are from a plant which was planted three years back, and it never bloomed. While I had got four rose plants, each of different colour, all of them in blooms, but none but one ever bloomed. So, we had to remove them to make way for new plants that promised us blooms, instead of sitting down in pots growing a bit every year. This year was however different. While three of the four plants I had brought died till last summer, two of them dying in the last summer itself, including the dark pink one that used to bloom furiously, and its petals used to curl backwards as the flower aged. Out of nowhere, we spotted a bud, then a couple more buds, and much to our delight, the plant turned out to be one of a beautiful pink rose.

Metro Greens: Miniature white rose bloom
The miniature white rose bloom.
Metro Greens: Orange Rose blooms
A bunch of orange rose blooms
Metro Greens: The pink rose
A light pink rose bud just minutes away form unravelling it's beauty.
Metro Greens: The pink rose bloom.
The pink rose bloom.
Metro Greens: The pink rose bloom.
The pink rose bloom.
Metro Greens: The miniature orange rose
The miniature orange rose bud.
Metro Greens: The miniature orange rose
The miniature orange rose bud.
Metro Greens: The miniature orange rose
The miniature orange rose bloom.
Metro Greens: The miniature orange rose
The miniature orange rose bloom.
Metro Greens: The miniature orange rose
The miniature orange rose bloom.
Metro Greens: Bud of Red Rose
A red rose bud.
Metro Greens: The pink rose bloom.
A beautiful light pink rose bud.
Beautiful after death too.
All others are usual bloomers in my garden, though, this year, my orange rose too bloomed a lot, having three new stems growing right out of the roots, which is the first time in the last 4 years I have had this plant, and it bloomed, bloomed a lot.

Then last winter, I brought a couple of miniature roses too. an orange one and another one in creamy-white. Both bloom beautifully, and still promise me to bloom more in the coming years. Coming up in next posts will be dahlias that bloomed this year beautifully. Something you might have noticed about the blog is the picture quality is a lot better than earlier, in a couple of photos. Well, I moved up to a dSLR. A Nikon D5200 for the sake of the photographer in me, and boy, am I impressed? Your guess is as good as my happiness. It's a wonderful piece of equipment. Though, I am yet to explore it completely, I believe it would be an experience of a kind to shoot with a dSLR. I would return with the Dahlia pics in the next post. till then keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

This is what I got?

I shared with you all, my visit to the Garden of Five Senses for the Garden Tourism Festival, way back in February. Being surrounded by hundreds of varieties and colours of blooming plants at the peak of their season left me craving to bring some of these beauties at home. I was especially mesmerised by the Dahlias, which, due to their sheer numbers and colours attracted everyone. The many colours of Gerberas had me wanting to take them home, but of the many plants that attracted my attention, there were white tulips, one of the exhibitors had there for display, that I instantaneously developed a crave for. Since this was my first visit to the Garden Tourism Festival, I had no idea how to procure the plants, and whether we were allowed to but the plants that were on display, as it was the last day of the exhibition. I asked for how and where to buy the plants and was directed towards the stalls.
Once there, I was awed at the sheer numbers of plant lovers I saw there. Frankly speaking, till that day, I was under the impression that there were just a handful of people who liked gardening, more so, because here in Delhi, we are too much constrained by our living space, that there is quite less room for activities like gardening. But, that view changed my perception. I made my way through the dense crowd of people looking for plants, seeds, planters, cactuses, tubers and corms. Though, I absolutely dread the idea of going inside such a swarm of people, I had to pass through it, to go right in the middle of the crowd to find plants, that I wanted to buy. All the while, my eyes searched for Lilies, Gerberas and Tulips. Though, I absolutely love Roses, which have a special place in my heart, I have plenty of them growing on my rooftop and the idea of adding one more to the collection and then getting to hear from my mum about getting roses only kept me away from them. I scanned through the stalls, and there it was, in a stall on one of the corners, two pots of yellow Tulips, one of them waiting for me to take it home with me. I paid for it, had no choice but to buy only one as both were of the same colour. Then I settled down for some tubers of Glorissa and bulbs of Barbados Lily, a variety of Amaryllis Lily.

The Tulip, came home and bloomed in a couple of days. I wanted to share the one and only bloom that small tulip plant got.

Metro Greens: Yellow Tulip
Yellow Tulip plant with the bud. 
Metro Greens: Yellow Tulip
Yellow Tulip plant with the bud about to bloom. 
Metro Greens: Yellow Tulip
Yellow Tulip plant with the bud blooming.
Metro Greens: Yellow Tulip
Yellow Tulip plant with the bud blooming.
Metro Greens: Yellow Tulip
Yellow Tulip plant with the bud blooming.

It was an amazing sight to see a tulip blooming in my terrace garden. It lasted for around a week before dying away. As the bloom withered away, it left me with a dying plant, and when I saw a couple of new shoots from the bottom, I was filled with joy again, expecting a lot many tulip plants blooming in the next winter. However, appears like Tulips can't even stand even a bit of more temperature. The new shoots died away. I had to remove the only corm that was there in the pot, only to find that it started dying outside too, so, have put it back again in the pot hoping it would just survive to give me a plant next year.
Anyways, I had a lot going on in my terrace garden, and I know I've been a bit late in letting you all know about all of that. I will hopefully be more regular in posting here, and will try covering all of it that happened in the garden, in the upcoming posts. So, stay tuned, and HAPPY GARDENING!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Nature talks through blooms

Indeed! When the time comes, nature talks through blooms. When the time comes, it shows you its best. And what will be a better time for the nature to do its talking than spring season?
As the winter season passes over, withdrawing the blanket of fog and chilly weather, all plants and trees liven up with new shoots, sprouts, and buds. This happens everywhere. My rooftop garden is no exception. The plants I had brought over in the winter season to bloom in the spring had come in form to mesmerise me with their colours, and numbers.

The Dahlias, Calendulas, Asters, Dianthuses, and the roses, all were in blooms. I think I should leave the nature to do the talking.

Metro Greens: Orange Rose
A new shoot that developed in my orange rose plant. As beautiful as the blooms it will bear, are the new red leaves.
Metro Greens: Pink Rose
Dozens of buds in the pink rose. Again, this was on a new shoot from the plant.
Metro Greens: Orange Rose
A couple of new shoots in my orange rose plant, promising me dozens of beautiful blooms.
Metro Greens: Pink Dahlia
The pink dahlia I bought this winter. Beautiful, isn't it?
Metro Greens: Iceplant
The iceplant bloom.
Metro Greens Portulaca seedlings
New seedlings of the portulacas. Preparing for the summer, huh?

Metro Greens: Nasturtium Blooms
The orange blooms of nasturtiums.
There are still lots of blooms to go from a very beautiful spring season I had in my rooftop container garden. The pink rose buds I shared above, a lot of them bloomed, so did the orange rose blooms. I will be back with pictures of these blooms in the next post, till then, KEEP ENJOYING THE SPRING and HAPPY GARDENING!

Friday, 3 April 2015

An outing - A visit to Garden Tourism Festival 2015 Part-3

The last post covered a lot of features at the Garden Tourism Festival, this one will be the closing post for this year's Garden Tourism Festival visit. I had a lot of pictures to share, and I found it too hard to select a few and remove other shots, so decided to let almost all of them go.


This post concentrates on the stalls where the visitors and gardening lovers could buy plants, bulbs, seeds and all the gardening stuff. Frankly speaking, it was an eye opener, an awesome surprise to find so many gardening lovers at one place. I was stunned to see the numbers of people swarming that enclosed area of stalls selling all kinds of plants, orchids, seeds, bulbs, planters and other such stuff. Just before reaching there, please allow me to complete just a few remaining plant arrangements that were worth sharing here.

And then there were all kinds of potted vegetable on display by a number of organizers. Be it lettuce or cabbages, cauliflowers or lemons or fruits. It was an amazing sight seeing such huge lemons on such a small plant, planted in a pot.
 

Finally, it was time to go for some shopping. The variety of gardening supplies was numerous, ranging from dozens of flowering plant bulbs, seeds, saplings and seedlings of flowering and non flowering plants, foliage plants, hundreds of cactuses, pots and planters of all shapes and sizes, bonsais and lucky bamboos. One stall had a bonsai showcased with a sold tag saying the 80 year old bonsai was sold for a whopping Rs. 2,30,000. I looked and looked and looked only to find yellow tulips worth buying. I wanted to buy gerberas too, but, the price they quoted for a single plant, that was to die within a month was a bit too high. I left it. Finally settled with a single yellow tulip, and a couple of lily bulbs and tubers. While moving out, I checked out a stall selling orchids. Again, the prices were too high, and the climate conditions orchids need was hard to create in Delhi, so, I didn't buy any of them.
  

With this, the Garden Tourism Festival of 2015 completes. It was a beautiful event to attend. I would suggest anyone and everyone who likes plants to give a visit to one such festival. I will be back with some latest happenings in my rooftop garden, which is brimming with activity in this spring season. Dahlias, tulip, roses, all blooming these days. I will be back in the next post with the updates from the garden. Till then keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!