QUOTE OF THE MONTH: I long for the bulbs to arrive, for early autumn chores are melancholy, but the planting of the bulbs is the work of hope and always thrilling. - May Sarton

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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!

Friday, 20 March 2015

An outing - A visit to Garden Tourism Festival 2015 Part-2

Last week, I shared with you a couple of pics from my this year's visit to the Garden Tourism Festival (2015). For me, outings are a rare occurrence, and this one was a long awaited one. As I usually do, I clicked lots of pictures, and then faced difficulty selecting just a few to post here, so, I decided to cut short the posts so as to accommodate the many pictures, and then break the visit memoirs into more than one part. This was necessary even as I didn't want my blog to refuse loading with so many pictures loading in a single blogpost.

Anyways, carrying forward with the event visit. Last week's post ended on sharing just a few pictures from the garden of five senses, in its usual form, as you might have found it on any regular day during the spring season, minus the beautiful animals made out of flowers. This time, I will share a few more things from the event. From bonsais to other foliage plants and a lot more.

Then there were bonsais. Lots of them, up for show. It was an amazing sight, seeing huge trees planted in small shallow trays, and looking at the tags showing their names and ages, there was no way one couldn't end up with their mouth wide open. 

The event was all about gardening, however there was a lot more to it than just gardening. For adventure lovers, mostly for kids' recreation, there were arrangements for some adventure. And for the really adventurous lot, I spotted a camel too there, which was being used to give a ride to people down the garden.

And, what to say about the colourful bliss of hundreds of colourful blooms shining bright in the afternoon sun? The potted Dahlias, ice plants, petunias, pansies, cinerarias, phloxes, ghazanias, marigolds, nasturtiums in numerous colours present an absolutely awesome mix of colours, many more than you know the names of.

And then, there were cactuses, lots of them, in all shapes and sizes.

I think this is a lot, and will have to stretch the visit to a third post as well. Anyways, I'll try finishing it off in there. There were stalls too, that gave the visitors chance to buy plants, and believe me, variety of plants, from hundreds of cactuses to choose from, to common plants, bulbous plants, saplings and seeds of plants, gardening supplies, cocopeat, compost, pots, tools and a lot of other stuff and did I mention, orchids too? I will try fitting all of it, in the next post. Till then, keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!