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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, 15 May 2016

Juicy Strawberries

As promised in the last post, here I am with a blogpost on the strawberries I grew some time back. Though, as I already told you guys, the harvest was not a really great one, and the taste too appeared somewhat different from the strawberries I've had, with my harvest not being as sweet, and more of having a sour taste, even though it appeared to be blood red, and seemed ripe. Though this was my second attempt at growing strawberries in pots, which, going by numerous pictures in various gardening groups on facebook appeared to be pretty easy task. Thus, I placed an order for some strawberry seeds from eBay, and sowed them. What happened after that was quite unexpected. There was no germination at all, leave alone having those juicy red strawberries right from my own garden.
The second time, I happened to stumble upon these at a plants seller around my office where I used to frequent for my gardening supplies, as this one was quite equipped with almost everything I could ever need. And as soon as I saw these saplings, I knew these were strawberries, and bought some saplings home. Here I did my first mistakes planting strawberries in pots. The small pot I used for planting the saplings, thinking the physical characteristics of the plant will not need a big container, and lot of space too will not be required. But was I wrong? Yes I was. Though, the plant is small, the four saplings that I placed in the small pot became quite densely packed and this, I believe negatively affected the growth of them all. Apart from this, a fifth sapling that I planted in a bigger pot, alone, too didn't grow very well.

Strawberry saplings planted in grow bag
Strawberry saplings, re-planted in the grow bag
There's finally the blooms in the strawberry plants
Blooms in the strawberry plants
A lesson well learnt, I guess. This I believe will be of great help when I go in doing this the third time, as I will be better prepared about the space requirements, sowing time, and other necessary information about its lifeline, and other important things that will be crucial for a better strawberry harvest the next time I set upon to grow these in my rooftop garden.

There's finally the blooms in the strawberry plants
Blooms in the strawberry plants
For now, I will leave you with some remnants of the entire adventure that unfolded slowly over four-five months, and one that is still waiting to unfold itself completely with the last remaining two plants, two of the other three being dead after bearing some fruits, and a third one dying probably of loneliness of not being planted with one of its kind, though the expansive real estate it had got should ideally have it growing better than the rest.

Is that a tiny strawberry? Yes it is.
A tiny strawberry.
It's started to ripen.
There's finally a hint of red  the strawberries
It's started to ripen.
There's finally a hint of red  the strawberries
Ah! The final crop. Delicious, juicy, red strawberries, fresh from your own garden.
Ah! The final crop. Delicious, juicy, red strawberries, fresh from your own garden.
Huh! Strawberries are finally done! What next? Oh, didn't I tell you? There are grapes too, a few bunches, growing slowly, for some time now, with time that would force me to eagerly wait for a minimum of a month before I could relish those sweet-sour black round grapes, fresh from my garden. Who needs an orchard then? More on grapes, gerberas, moss roses and the wonderful crop of tuberoses, of which I have introduced a new variety, this year in my garden, and after a complete re-plantation of the previously planted bulbs, that is doing exceptionally well, in the bag, I replanted them this year, in the upcoming blogposts, in the coming weeks. Till then HAPPY GARDENING!

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!