QUOTE OF THE MONTH: Hope never dies within a true gardener’s heart. - Unknown

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Worth a thousand words

They say, a picture is worth a thousand words! So, how about putting up a beautiful picture for a blogpost? These pictures were, as usual, captured in my terrace garden. Somehow, I am still a bit confused over the name of the plant, since, as far as I knew what was sown was a turmeric tuber, but what bloomed didn't appear to be a turmeric bloom. Infact, I was pointed in the right direction by a friend on the IndiBlogger forum. What he pointed out seems to be somewhat a correct reference to this plant, going by the flower that bloomed on it, and after ruling out the possibility that the bloom didn't look like turmeric bloom at all.
Anyhow, whatever it is, it's beautiful, it's red, and it is a visual treat for my eyes, and yes, my camera as well. So, I thought, I'd share it with you guys too. And, just in case you were wondering, I believe this bloom to be of an arrowroot plant.

Metro Greens: Red Flower
Beautiful red flowers. Probably of Arrowroot.

Metro Greens: Red Flower
Beautiful red flowers. Probably of Arrowroot.

Metro Greens: Red Flower
Beautiful red flowers. Probably of Arrowroot.

Metro Greens: Red Flower
Beautiful red flowers. Probably of Arrowroot.

Metro Greens: Red Flower
Beautiful red flowers. Probably of Arrowroot.


I will be back in the next post, with the year old mango plant which, has got a bunch of new leaves, and is now really looking like a healthy plant.. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Waiting for the harvest

This monsoon brought a visually delicious delight in my rooftop garden. My mother, who usually plants seeds of vegetables, had sown some seeds of bitter gourd which she had saved from the bitter gourd she bought as vegetable. The seed germinated, became a plant, and for some time now, it has been blooming and bearing fruits. Though I can't say the fruits of labour are always sweet, as in this case, they are bitter, but yes, the visual treat and the satisfaction that one gets from such a harvest, from a single modest seed sown in a pot gives you immense satisfaction, even if you don't eat the fruits.

Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: A baby bitter gourd
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: A baby bitter gourd
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Metro Greens: Bitter Gourd
Waiting for the harvest: The bounty.
Nevertheless, my father loves bitter gourd and can have bitter gourd three times a day. So, it's a treat for him, I guess. Organically grown bitter gourd, that too from your own rooftop garden, so you know what goes in. Unlike like the bitter gourd, the Taro is an permanent resident of my garden. It stays in plastic sack given to it throughout the year, and this is the time it gives us, not fruits, but the leaves, which are also used in cooking. Then comes the Malabar Spinach, which, these days is giving a bumper harvest, in the 2-3 places it has propagated since the last time I had it in my garden, which bloomed, bore fruits, and these fruits spread throughout. More on these in a later post. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

White Roses

My first encounter with miniature roses was on a beautiful note. This happened in the beginning of this year when I had got myself a couple of miniature roses. The beauty of these plants is that against the regular rose plants, these varieties do not have any prickly thorns. The small blooms are in no way any less pretty than the regular red or the orange or the pink roses I have in my garden. Most notable is the white miniature rose, that has been in blooms ever since it held its roots in the pot I transplanted it into. Since then, it has been blooming almost everyday, giving me new reason to be happy about everyday.

Though, I have already shared blooms of this plant, it would be an injustice to the pretty plant if I do not dedicate a whole post to show its beautiful blooms, in all their glory. So here I go.

Metro Greens: Miniature White Rose
The white miniature rose bloom.
Metro Greens: Miniature White Rose
A couple white miniature rose blooms.
Metro Greens: Miniature White Rose
The white miniature rose bloom.
Metro Greens: Miniature White Rose
A white miniature rose bloom along with a few buds.

Metro Greens: Miniature White Rose
A white miniature rose bud about to bloom.
Metro Greens: Miniature White Rose
The whole miniature rose plant in the pot.
Metro Greens: Miniature White Rose
A white miniature rose bloom with an accompanying bud.
Metro Greens: Miniature White Rose
A couple of white miniature rose buds.

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful blooms. Do share your thoughts with me in the comments below, if you did enjoy it.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

White through the night

Last year, just around the monsoon, I had got a Juhi plant from the nearby plants nursery. The height of ignorance was that the guy at the nursery didn't even know the plant when I asked him about it. Since I had known the plant, I could make out from the couple of tiny white flowers that what plant was it, but just to be sure I put up the question to him, and he was just clueless as he could ever be. I decided to bring it back home. At home, I planted it in a pot, just in hope that it would bloom, since it was already monsoon, and the plants bore buds. However monsoon turned out to be unfortunate with all the rainfall missing out, so the plant didn't bloom very well. This year around, it was s different story. The plant had  been sitting down in the pot for around a year now, and had got enough to bloom profusely. At the onset of the monsoon season, I was a happy soul seeing the lush growth of the plant which appears to be like a vine. In some days, numerous buds started appearing and I was in for a delighted monsoon season gift.

Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
Juhi-It started off gently with a few buds
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
Juhi-It started off gently with a few buds with the buds eventually blooming
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
Juhi-It started off gently with a few buds with the buds eventually blooming
For that matter, I would say that just like other plants from the jasmine family, Juhi (Jasminum Auriculatum) is a sweetly fragrant flower which happens to possess quite a strong smell. The flowers, typical to most other jasmine family members, are white and bloom in late evenings. And as the flowers starts blooming, the surrounding gets drenched with the awesome fragrance of from the flowers. I will have to confess that the Arabian Jasmine too, sitting just next to this doesn't have such an overpowering scent as this small flower possesses.

Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A few Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A bigger bunch of Juhi blooms
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A bigger bunch of Juhi blooms, captured in the evening, just after rains, with the buds still opening up
Metro Greens: Jasminum Auriculatum (Juhi)
A bigger bunch of Juhi blooms, captured in the evening, just after rains, with the buds still opening up

As I always do, I captured the moments through my camera's lens to keep the memories forever. Though photos can't give you the real feel, with the beautiful fragrance surrounding you on the rooftop, while you sit back and enjoy the cool breeze after a long day at work, but you can always get back the feeling of delight watching the pretty flowers bloom and nature giving you back so much for so little you did.

I will be back next week with something more interesting, maybe the canna lilies, (yellow ones) which my mother got from a neighbour, which are blooming these days. Till then keep trying and HAPPY GARDENING!