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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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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Updates in June of '17

It's been quite a long time since I last posted here. Infact, I had almost abandoned my beloved blog for all this time. The blog that I have nurtured all these years. But no more. A lot has happened over this period of four months, and I've been quite busy, and could give quite less time to my garden, but never abandoned my plants. All this time while I couldn't take a look at my plants and my garden, my mother was always there to see through my responsibility and take care of these beautiful creations, to ensure that whenever I am back to them, I shouldn't feel bad of the neglect I've done.
Again, a lot hasn’t happened here, essentially, because I am the one who brings in changes. I am the one who gets new plants. I am the one who introduces new experiments. I am the one who gets scolded for bringing in new plants, especially when my already full rooftop can’t afford any more pots. And I am the one who posts here, pictures of beautiful plants and flowers, which I grow on my rooftop. And when I am not there, or couldn’t give my time to one of my most favourite hobbies, everything stands still.
But, no more. I am back, and I’m back with a bang. Though new things haven’t happened, it was never that nothing happened at all. A lot of changes happened, and happened for good, till now. I transplanted my mango plant, right before I became dormant. And, just in case you were wondering, it’s doing great. It’s growing at a fast pace, so fast that I might need to transplant it into an even bigger container, by, maybe, next year, and after that, right into the ground.

Metro Greens: Harshringar plant
The Harshringar Plant growing pretty well.

What else? The Harshringar (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis) stems I planted last year in around February or March, finally have started showing signs of growth. So much so that one of the multiple stems I’ve tried planting over the years seems to demand a bigger container very soon, and who knows I might get to see the extremely beautiful and fascinatingly pleasant fragrance these have. Also, something new has happened this time around. We’ve got cockscomb seeds, and the plants that have grown out of these seeds look amazingly beautiful and all I am awaiting now is the blooms they’re about to show me, very soon.

Metro Greens: Cockscomb plant
The beautiful leaves of the cockscomb plant.

I’ll be back with more updates in the coming week. Especially with a lot of my plants blooming, including the orange lily, the Juhi plant, which waits the whole year, for this time to bloom profusely, and the Jasmine plants as well, and oh, how can I forget, the rajnigandha (tuberose) plant (double variety) I introduced last year only in my garden.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Pom Preview

The peek preview I posted earlier was one from a blogpost I have been postponing for quite some time now. I being an inquisitive gardener, like experimenting. This, the pomegranate plant, second one, which I grew in my rooftop garden in an earthen pot. Though, I understand plants like these, or the mango plant, that I transplanted into a bigger vessel, last month, are supposed to be trees needing bigger growing space, that is, the unending space to spread their roots as much as they like, in open lands, I have none. That shouldn't stop me from trying on to grow them, in whatever little space I have. Does it?
The pomegranate plant that I've got here is one that grew out of seed from pomegranates I bought from the market for consumption. I decided to throw away some of those in a couple of pots, and this was the result. It has been around two years since this happened, and what more? The young two feet plant, in a small earthen pot bore dozens and dozens of flowers last monsoon. Though, I knew very well that it was too much to expect fruits from a plant this small, actually baby in the true sense, when it comes to fruiting plants and trees.
Surprisingly enough, one of the flowers did manage to go ahead and become a small pomegranate. What more could one expect? What would have been my reaction? Your guess...

Seeing a small bud in the plant… Good Heavens.

Seeing that small bud grow bigger and healthier, more happiness.

Bloom, finally...

Bloom, finally...

That tiny fruit, growing bigger over months, and still appearing small...

I was more than elated. Seeing the plant grow from a fragile sapling, growing and fighting it’s way to become a healthy plant, showing beautiful blooms, still fighting the nature to keep itself alive, and then finally, bearing a small fruit for the care giver… Awesome! What more could I have asked for?

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Peek preview

Just a small peek preview into the upcoming post.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Mission: Transplant

I'm not really sure if I have already shared this earlier or not. I have got a couple of fruit plants planted in pots in my small gardening space on the rooftop. These include a two mango plants, one pomegranate and the grapevine. Also, the pineapple crown I placed in the soil last year is growing well, though, I am not really sure when I could have the fruit in this, if at all I am going to get a pineapple out of this. The grape vine has had some grapes a couple of times, ever since I have planted it, and the pomegranate plant, which is around 2 years old too has had one small fruit last year, of the dozens of flowers.
I have had mango plants earlier as well, one of which died after a similar transplantation I carried on it to get it a better container that could support it's growth. That too was around 2 years old before it died. Taking that into consideration, this was a risky operation as I had to be careful enough that I am not doing any harms to the plant during or after this transplantation, and also, I had to ensure that the plant could stay safe even after the transplantation. Moreover, I had to make sure that the new container I am transferring this plant in was big enough to support the plant for two more years, since the 12 inch earthen pot couldn't suffice anymore.

Metro Greens: Mango Plant
The mango plant, some months back, sending out fresh new leaves every now and then.
This time of the year is something that can be considered a good enough time to do things like this, as there is not too much heat nor is it too cold, so, I believe the post transplantation phase (around 10 to 15 days) would go smoother, which will give the mango plant a good enough time to settle down in the new environment. To move the plant, I had to take it out of the old earthen pot and place it in the bigger plastic container I had prepared for this. The only way I could see which could have led to the least amount of damage was to break off the earthen pot to take out the plant as it is, with as minimal a damage to the roots as possible.

Metro Greens: Mango Plant
The mango plant, after getting it out of the earthen pot.
I broke down the pot, it was quite strong for a four year old earthen pot. As expected, all it contained were the roots of the mango plant, that had taken the shape of the pot, as intricately that the structure that came out even had all the contours of the earthen vessel, with some of the roots going out of the big water drainage hole at the bottom, which I had to remove as that too had taken the shape of the pot and it was next to impossible to save these roots.

Metro Greens: Mango Plant
The mango plant, after getting it out of the earthen pot. You can clearly see the container sort-of the roots have created.
Once the plant came out, I filled the plastic vessel with soil, created space in between to place the entire plant in between and then placed the plant in there, and the filled the rest of empty space with more soil, and once everything was done, used a piece of wood to try and make the soil as compact as possible, and then watered the plant abundantly.

Metro Greens: Mango Plant
The mango plant, after getting replanted in the new bigger plastic container, which would be its home for the next two years or so.

I will be keeping a close look at the newly transplanted plant to see if there is anything wrong with it, Other than that, I will also keep my fingers crossed to hope that this time it's not something like the last time around, and also that hopefully, after two more years, I will again have to re-transplant this in an even bigger vessel, that time, it'd be harder for me, as this would become a bigger plant and will have even more weight that now. Maybe, some years from now, I would successfully do a blogpost showing off the mangoes I got from this plant. Who knows?