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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. --Greek proverb

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Wonderful Ghazanias

Writing here after a really long time. A month is no less time to have an update on your blog, especially, when you have so much going on in your life. By life, I mean, the lives in my terrace garden at my house. The peak time for the beautiful blooms, for the year is over here, and right now, we, here, are reeling under the scorching summer heat that is crossing 40 degrees. Now, there is much more care needed by the plants, in terms of watering as we are forced to water them three times a day, which, is quite important to save the plants who have nowhere to go, to save themselves from this extreme heat.
Back to business, the past couple of months showed me some of the most beautiful blooms I could've had in my garden, and while most of these blooms I have already shared with you all, there were still some left that I should've put up here, but because of the other works, I couldn't. By other works, I mean something else, which took up all my free time, in which I compose and put up these blogposts. Sure, I will also let you know what other work I was busy in, as a large part of it is now complete, and just a small part is now left. Though, this (other work) has nothing to do with the niche of this blog, still, I will do a special post for this. Okay, getting back, I was talking about the beautiful plants which bloomed, and while most of those I have already shared, the few left were the ghazanias, gerberas, nasturtiums (which I had saved seeds from the last year, to get the plants, again, this year), and the dog flower. There were balsams too, but unfortunately, they didn't bloom as beautifully, because I lost three of the six saplings I had brought in, because of a strng gust of wind that resulted in the pot containing the balsam saplings, fall down two storeys, into the neighbout's empty space, right at a time when they had started to bloom.
For today, I have some beautiful ghazania blooms to share with you all. Nothing much, but still, the bright colours, along with the long bloom duration, makes these winter plants, an absolute delight to watch in your winter garden. While there are numerous colours these beauties are available in, for me, there were just three colours, from the six saplings I had brought in, early in the winter season, last year.
First, there were the buds, which, definitely left me really excited, for this was the first time these were blooming and thus, I had really no idea about the colours I would be getting.

A Ghazania bud
A Ghazania bud
Eventually, these buds bloomed into some beautiful ghazania blooms.

A ghazania bud, opening up
Another ghazania bud, opening up
A ghazania bud, opening up
Another ghazania bud, opening up
And then, there were the blooms, really beautiful ones, and ones that would last for four to five days, opening up and closing, daily, to bloom again, in the sun.

A ghazania bloom, yellow.
A ghazania bloom, orange.
A ghazania bloom, orange.
A ghazania bloom, orange.
The ghazania plants are still blooming, however, the bloom numbers have fallen down drastically, and the flower size too has fallen down considerably, because, it's off season! However, these will bloom again, in the next winter, and will make me extremely happy.
Coming p in the upcoming posts, the strawberries that I grew in my garden, though, the harvest was not a bumper one, for a starter, it was a delightful experience. Also, my grape vine, has finally bore fruits, this year, after a gap of two years, and now there are a few small bunches of grapes hanging out there. This and a few more in the upcoming posts, in the weeks to come. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Purple Petunias

Last few days have been quite tedious for me. This has a lot to do with my work responsibilities and a few other things beyond my work responsibilities, so much so that I couldn't even find an hour or so in each week to sit back and work on a few updates, about my adventures in my rooftop garden, which, for the past couple of months has been quite a happening place with the winter beauties of Chrysanthemums blooming in the middle of the month of November and by the end of its month long blooming period, a number of other winter plants started blooming. I have been putting updates here and the last one I posted was around the dozen of varieties and colours and patterns of phloxes, that has been blooming. What I missed out posting here in the period I was missing were the numerous blooms of Petunias, the pink Dahlia plant from last year too bloomed within this period. One of the gerberas, also bloomed, though, not an exciting colour as this was a dull light yellowish, but then, afterall, it's a gerbera bloom, and it does matter. The strawberries too, happened to bear a few fruits in one of the four plants. Apart from that, the Ghazanias, I had got early in the month of November too have started blooming lately.
So, this time around, lets just take a stroll down the garden taking a look at the beautiful and vibrant Petunia blooms, which, I didn't have too many plants of, but still, the numbers of blooms did make up for the lack of more colours and varieties.

Metro Greens: Petunias
Beautiful blooms of Petunias
Metro Greens: Petunias
Beautiful blooms of Petunias
Metro Greens: Petunias
Beautiful bloom of Petunias
Metro Greens: Petunias
A Petunia seed pod, saving for the future
The beautiful blooms, with their bright and eye catching pink flowers with white borders were a delight to watch. Apparently, I did not get to see the other stunning colours and patterns of petunias, this year. I as visible in the above picture, I will be saving the seeds to sow them, again, next year, and will definitely bring in more plants, hopefully in more colours, and patterns, to get a better view on my terrace garden, next year.
Upcoming, in the next week will be the small, but, fulfilling strawberry yield from the garden's single strawberry plant, which, after bearing some fruits, seems to have bid goodbye to this material world.  In the coming weeks, I will be having some beautiful ghazania blooms as well as the numerous blooms of red roses which are in their full display, these days, and the grape inflorescences too, lined up. I will be back, with updates, till then, HAPPY GARDENING!

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Phloxes-Colours Unimited

This year around, I seem to have got a wonderful collection and varieties of some beautiful winter plants that I had always wanted in my garden, which, otherwise has always predominantly been composed of the perennials, primarily being the different varieties and colours of roses, the jasmines, the Arabian jasmines and the Juhi, and then the other regulars like the lilies (Amaryllis and the rain lily, the other lilies I've got seem to be taking a lot of time to give me blooms), and the different colours of the moss roses, he single and the double blooming varieties, two more colours (white and mixed pink-white) of which I added last year, while the single ones germinating themselves in some of the pots, from the seeds from the last year, which in turn germinated from the previous year when I had brought the single petalled varieties of the moss roses.
But the reason I am here this time is to share with you all, the numerous blooms my garden has had in the dozens of phloxes, I re-introduced this year again, after a gap of a year. While I get the plants sometimes in bunches of seedlings, and sometimes as separate seedling in trays, most of the times the plants in the seedling trays turn out to be of the same colours, and the same is the case with bunches where a lot of plants turn out to be that of the same colour, just like the petunias I've got this year around. While I was expecting some varieties in case of patterns and colours, I got none, as the blooms in all the petunia plants turned out to be violet and white. Anyways, the phloxes didn't disappoint me, and here I am, with lots of different colours, which I can't recall seeing yet.

Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of Pink Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of Pink Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of Pink Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of Pink Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A white-pink Phlox bloom
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of Pink Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of Pink Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of Pink Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of Pink Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of Pink Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
A bunch of White Phlox blooms
Metro Greens: Phlox Blooms
White Phlox blooms
Do I still need to say anything? I don't feel the need to. The bright colours, and the colour combinations these small flowers that bloom in bunches, make them really eye catching additions that winter gardens must have. What is good about these beautiful plants is that I have been seeing some seed pods, which I think I can harvest and save for the next year, just like I did for the marguerite daisies and the nasturtiums, and the marigolds and cosmos.
Here, next time, it will be the pansies, yellow-violet, maroon-yellow and the maroon one that is blooming, and I guess that these are yet to come down here. Hopefully, next week, we will meet again and together will see the pansies blooming. So, let's get back here the next week. Till then HAPPY GARDENING!

Monday, 8 February 2016

My Beautiful Winter Garden

Around some 10 months back, I was strolling down in a park when I came across some plants with ripened seed pods at their tops. Since these plants were anyways going to be discarded, since the flowering was over, and these plants had no other use, I decided that I should collect these seeds, and try to sow them in the next winters. While I knew that the blooms these plants bore were beautiful, I also had a good enough idea that it will be a long wait of some seven-eight months before I could sow the seeds and another two three months before I will get to see the blooms. As the patient person that I am (oh, that trait doesn't come naturally in me, but then this hobby of gardening forces me to be patient as the nature has her own will and then, here I can't do anything, being impatient), I waited patiently for the time to come so that I could so the seeds, then waited for the tiny seedlings to grow somewhat bigger so that I could transplant them to more pots, and then, again waited for these transplanted saplings to grow bigger, bear buds and finally bloom.
Marguerite daisy bud
It took a whole three and a half months for these plants from germinating the seeds sprinkled in one of the pots, to begin blooming, and those cream coloured flowers with that yellow center is a delight to watch, more importantly because I have been responsible for every part of them, from germinating the seeds to caring for those tiny seedlings, then transplanting the saplings, ofcourse, with some of those saplings not being able to make it up to become flowering plants, and now seeing my work blooming so beautifully. Marguerite daisies, as they are called, are spring season plants in this part of the world and usually bloom from around middle of January to almost the end of April, and during the period of their blooming, these plants bear numerous buds and these blooms, while not being very fragrant, are eye catching, and are available in a number of colours. The flowers can stay for around three to four days, after which they wither away and make way for the seeds to develop.
A marguerite daisy bud about to bloom
A marguerite daisy bud about to bloom
A marguerite daisy bloom
Now, the final thing is, my marguerite daisy plants (and yes, there are numerous of them, though, in just a few pots) have started blooming, and at this time of the year, I can happily say that now my garden looks really colourful. The Pansies are blooming, the petunias too have started blooming in their violet-white colours, the red roses are in blooms, the white miniature ones are always in blooms, and the pink ones too are blooming. Now that is what I call happiness. Your garden is happy, your plants are happy so you too are happy.
A marguerite daisy bloom
Marguerite daisy blooms
A marguerite daisy bloom
Coming weeks will see more beautiful blooms from the last year's pink dahlia, that somehow lived on to give me blooms this year too, and how delighted I am to see the first bud blooming, and another one lined up to begin blooming once the first one can no longer. The gerbera plants too have started blooming, and with the initial colour, I can say that I am about to get a yellow gerbera bloom in just a couple of days. I am now having my fingers crossed to waiting for other gerbera plants to begin blooming, and am hoping that these would be of different colours. In another part of the garden, the ghazanias too are showing me some buds, the nasturtiums seeds that I had sown from last year's seed harvest too are already in blooms. Did I also tell you that the strawberry plants now have a couple of strawberries that I am expecting will live on. I guess it's time I should wrap up with the promise that I will be back with more updates in the coming days. Till then HAPPY GARDENING!