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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Lilies Mesmerising

So, here's an update after a really-really long time. It's been quite a long time, since I've posted here. Though, in nature nothing stops, it all goes on and on and on, whether I am able to post it all here or not. It's the same happening here as well, in my garden. The work has now taken a toll on me and I don't really get the time to be able to post here, even through the weekends, let alone clicking the pictures, or even spending some quality time with my plants.

A couple of weeks back, I was told by my mother that there's something "wild" growing up on the terrace. I ran into check and found something I had not really expected. It was a bunch of blooms, one of the Nerine lily plants had bloomed. It was really unexpected, more importantly when the plants had lost all the leaves.


What I found were some beautiful flowers, both partially and completely bloomed. What I found then is now here, as I wanted to share the sight with you all. I really hope you’d like them.

Metro Greens: Nerine Lily blooms
Nerine Lily blooms

Metro Greens: Nerine Lily blooms
Nerine Lily blooms

Metro Greens: Nerine Lily blooms
Nerine Lily blooms

Metro Greens: Nerine Lily blooms
Nerine Lily blooms

Metro Greens: Nerine Lily blooms
Nerine Lily blooms

The updates from the garden will still be coming. Hopefully, I will be able to put them up here, in the coming weeks, regularly. Just to keep you interested, I’ve got a small pomegranate in the plant I’ve grown up from the seeds, which was sown only last year. Maybe, I’ll be able to share this in the next post, who knows?

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Exquisite Gerberas

The last post was about the currently blooming tuberoses. With that post, I had promised to come up a blogpost on the gerberas that I had introduced in the garden with earlier this year. This was something I had got by sheer luck when I visited a plants nursery I don't regularly visit.
Gerberas are among some of the most sought after flowers when it comes to their commercial use and why not? The awesome beauties these flowers are, combined with the numerous colours and patterns these beauties are available in, along with their long life makes them just the right choice for what they are used in. The reason I was attracted towards these beauties too was their superb colours and designs.
Out of the four saplings I had got back then, at a pretty steep price for a small sapling, two have bloomed yet, one being a pale yellow colour, no bells and whistles, just plain dull yellow bloom that lasts almost a week, before it starts withering away. This was back in the month of late February, early March.
Metro Greens: Gerbera
A Gerbera bud

Metro Greens: Gerbera
A Gerbera bud

Metro Greens: Yellow Gerbera
A Gerbera blooming in pale yellow

Metro Greens: Yellow Gerbera
A Gerbera blooming in pale yellow

Recently the second plant had a bloom. Initially I thought this too was the same colour as it bloomed the same pale yellow however as some days passed, it started changing its colour from a pale yellow to a somewhat orangish one, a really beautiful shade, though, not as beautiful as the normal standard of gerberas go, but still, better than the dull yellow one.
Metro Greens: Orange Gerbera
A gerbera bloom in mix shades of yellow and orange

Metro Greens: Orange Gerbera
A gerbera bloom in mix shades of yellow and orange

Metro Greens: Orange Gerbera
A gerbera bloom in mix shades of yellow and orange

Metro Greens: Orange Gerbera
A gerbera bloom in mix shades of yellow and orange

Metro Greens: Orange Gerbera
A gerbera bloom in mix shades of yellow and orange, turning out orange as the days pass.

Metro Greens: Orange Gerbera
A gerbera bloom in mix shades of yellow and orange, closing up as the day falls.
I will be keeping my fingers crossed with the remaining two plants, hoping them to be of better colours than these two. Let's hope that I have an update with gerberas soon, here in this space. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Delightful Tuberoses

Last time, I shared a blogpost showing how I prepared the tuberoses that have been there with me, in my terrace garden for a long time now. With the ending of the post, I promised that I will be sharing pictures from the garden with an entire blogpost dedicated to tuberose blooms. This year around, I can say I have got a good harvest from the tuberoses, with a lot of plants shooting those long slender stems laden with dozens of flower buds which bloom up over a period of time, and spreading their awesome fragrance in the evening when they usually bloom up.

So here I am, with some of the shots I have captured, of the tuberoses, over a period of time, this year around. Appears I am yet to have the double blooming variety I introduced this year around in my garden, and since this is usually the time for the tuberoses to bloom, around the place I live in, I think I will only get the blooms from these double blooming variety of the tuberoses only in the next year. Anyway, I have other plans with the garden, as the three year old dahlia is doing very well this year, so I am expecting beautiful and bountiful blooms this year in the winter season.

Metro Greens: Tuberose

Metro Greens: Tuberose

Metro Greens: Tuberose

Metro Greens: Tuberose

Metro Greens: Tuberose


Metro Greens: Tuberose

Metro Greens: Tuberose


Metro Greens: Tuberose

Metro Greens: Tuberose

Also, there is a new bud in one of the gerberas, and I will only get to know of the colour once it blooms, so, till then I have to sit with my fingers crossed that this be a colour different from the already available pale yellow one. I will be back with something new in the next post. Probably it will be the newest gerbera bloom that is in works for now. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Beginning the Tuberoses

Monsoon is here, and guess what, the tuberoses in my garden are blooming. And if you have visited this blog previously, and have by any chance read some of my previous posts, particularly, those about the tuberoses, you will know for sure that tuberoses are amongst one of my favourite flowering plants in my garden, even though, they bloom once a year, just for a month, and they lay dormant in the pots for the rest of the eleven months, thereby covering up the precious space, and the limited resources - the soil, water, and sun, but this one month of blooms is what makes me keep these alive for the entire year, just for those couple of sticks of white heavily fragrant blooms, that can make up anyone's evening stroll in the garden, an exceptionally fragrant experience.
That said, as with all the plants, tuberoses too need some level of care, even though these are among the plants that need the least care and will still give you a very good outcome. What tuberoses need is not much of hard work, but just a little care. Since these are bulbous plants, tuberoses tend to multiply exceptionally fast. I have a strong belief that if I get a single tuberose bulb, and sow in a small piece of land, tuberoses can very well take over the entire piece of land in just two years. Such extraordinary is it's propagation ability. Now since I have very limited space on my rooftop, that too is being shared by a number of other plants, I have containers, pots, and a number of grow bags to house my plants in, which means that I have to be on my toes all the time to get rid of plants that have died, or do something about those which have overgrown their container.
And, when it comes to tuberoses, as I have already told you, they multiply very fast, and thus, a pot that I plant a tuberose bulb in, will be full of numerous tuberoses by the end of a year, and hence I have to make sure that I get rid of the numerous small bulbs to let a few stronger ones grow better, and this was what this blogpost is all about. This year around, being fed up with numerous pots and grow bags with small tuberose plants, further aggravated by the fact that last blooming season, all I got was just one tuberose stick blooming, which meant there was a lot wrong with the way I was handling them. The tuberoses multiplied very fast and congested the limited space of the pot or the grow bag within no time, and when congested in limited space and resources, all my tuberose plants had been showing stunted growth, even when I was supplying them with enough nutrients in the form of vermi compost.
This time around, while the winter was fast diminishing and the temperature started increasing, I decided it was time to sow the tuberoses again, and this is how it's done.



1. Start by identifying the containers with a dense growth of tuberoses. a dense growth in a limited space means that gradually your plants will be smaller, and the flowers will also be smaller than expected. The uprooting and re-planting is normally done after the danger of frost has passed by. Since tuberoses bloom around monsoon, it is relatively safer to uproot them right after they finish blooming, however, since the winter season follows monsoon, it's good that you let the plants go through the winter, the way they are. Also, there are sometimes when tuberoses are seen to be blooming in the peak winter months, so, that is also one reason why I am suggesting the uprooting to be done after the winter season is over.

2. Let the containers dry for a couple of days. Now there's no definite number of days I would suggest you do not water the containers, since, this entirely depends on the weather conditions in your area. This will ensure that no new growth takes place, since after uprooting, most of these will die.

3. Now carefully start digging the soil in the container, taking care that you don't damage the bulbs. And, don't worry, even if you do happen to damage a few, you still have a lot of them, but still, try to do this carefully.



4.  Once out, you will most probably see something like the above image. Roots of the plants tend to create a nest like structure around the soil, taking shape of the vessel, since they don't get a way to expand further. This is also a reason for the stunted growth of the plants in containers. So, I really suggest people who have container gardens to try and remove roots of their old plants, once in every two to three years, however this needs to be done with caution, as there's a huge risk of killing the plant.




5. Carefully remove the soil from the bulbs, you can take help of your gardening tools, though, I prefer doing this with my bare hands. This way, there's a less chance of damage to the bulbs. You can also use a stream of water to get rid of the soil.



6. Once cleaned, you will have something like the image above. You can now see how tuberoses propagate, and this is something extraordinary. One mother bulb gives rise to so many daughter bulbs, which, again will propagate to become more bulbs.


7. Once you've got everything out of soil, it's time to choose. Most medium to large sized bulbs are good enough to be sown. the smaller bulbs, once separated from the mother plant will die, so you have to take a decision in this. you can choose to give those away to a neighbour, and help spread the tuberose fragrance around your home.

8. Once you have separated the medium to large bulbs, you can let them dry for a couple of more days before sowing them again in the soil. This way, you will have a new and fresh crop of tuberoses.

For a good growth well before the blooming season, I suggest this operation to be done atleast four to six months before the expected blooming season of tuberoses in the kind of weather and soil conditions in your area. If you are not sure about this, you can try taking a look at the gift shops and vendors selling flower bouquets, and this will give you a rough idea about the blooming season of most seasonal flowers, tuberoses being one of those.
I being an emotionally fool gardener, didn't want to let even the small bulbs die and so, after removing couple of those I had to plant separately, I dumped them all in another bag full of soil, and within a fortnight, I had the bag full of lush green leaf spikes.
Since this is monsoon season, and I have the tuberoses blooming, yes, even the newer ones, of the single and double blooming variety are blooming, so, the upcoming post, in the next will be all about these blooming tuberoses. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING!