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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Dahlia delights

Wishing you all, a very happy new year.

The season’s great and while the winter season has almost reached its end, it’s still not the complete end of it. This year, we’ve seen drastically less severe winter season, compared to some years back. This year around, due to some things that have changed from the previous years, I still haven’t got any winter seasonal plants in my rooftop garden. I got some iceplant seeds, which aren’t doing very good, the pink dahlia, which has stayed with me for almost three years now, somehow made its way to grow into a healthy plant, though, this was something that happened with a lot of luck. The chrysanthemums happened to bloom this year too, but, as I’ve been thinking to get some new varieties of chrysanthemums into the garden, since a couple of years, it still couldn’t be done this time too. I always liked the spider varieties of chrysanthemums, the numerous colours and varieties they come in, and have always wanted them in my garden. Hopefully, next year I’ll be able to get some into my rooftop garden.
In other stories, the pink dahlia plant, that narrowly escaped dying out while being stored in hibernation, grew to be a healthy and beautiful plant, and has had one of the most beautiful blooms of a very bright dark-pink bloom, in the first dahlia bud that bloomed this season. The plant still has a couple of buds, and the second one has started opening up for now. I am expecting a couple of more blooms by then the season will end.
Here’s a couple of dahlia blooms for you.

The georgeous pink dahlia bloom

The georgeous pink dahlia bloom

The georgeous pink dahlia bloom, with a new bud coming up soon

Chrysanthemums have bloomed and withered away, since the season has gone. I however have new blooms in the different roses, the white one's blooming beautifully these days, and it's bearing a lot of buds too that are about to bloom in the coming days. The marigolds too are blooming, and have given me colour at a time nothing was there, so is the lone cockscomb plant, the bloom of which has stayed just like that for more than two months now.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Weekly updates - October 31

Hey guys, in this part of the weekly updates, here's what happening in my rooftop garden.

A de-rooting of my 4 year old grape vine, which had been showing symptoms of stunted growth, because the plant had grown up to have a very dense root system, too much for the plastic container it was planted in. Even after my best efforts at giving it the nutrition it needed, there was not much happening in the right direction. A good enough reason for me to decide on whether I had to keep the plant with me (which obviously meant derooting), or discarding it for a new grape plant. I chose the former, sent on to remove it from the container, get rid of excess roots and then replant the grapevine in the same container, after changing the soil and adding some nutrition, compost, insecticides and such. Two days later, I got the indication that the operation had gone gravely wrong when all the leaves of my beloved grapevine dried up. Not really sure if this is the actual case, or the plant is in shock, after which, there's a possibility of having it bounce back to life. The good thing is, we had already removed and planted a small sapling from the grapevine, before proceeding with this operation, to ensure that we had the plant with us, just in case something goes wrong. This plant as of now looks good, though, has its leaves turning yellow and falling down, however, the plant is still green. If in the end I see that the main grapevine isn't responding, or is actually dead, I'll have to replace it with this new plant.

In other news from the garden, I've finally done a transplant of the two year pomegranate plant, which has been successful and the pomegranate plant is doing well in the bigger plastic container, than it was doing in the small earthen pot, it was born in. I'm still waiting to get a fruit this year, even though since end of August, the plant has seen two separate batches of flowering, but no fruits as yet.

My chilli plants which were having all blooms but no fruits for around two months now, have finally started bearing fruits, loads of them, after I decided to bring in some insecticides in my last visit to the plants nursery. The insecticide worked wonders, got the plants rid of aphids, and as red ants which came in because of these aphids. Twice a week I have to spray it on the plants as the aphids come back, and so do the ants, and which, I now know is negatively affecting the productivity of my plants. I'll just keep things in check for the time being, and expect a good harvest from the chilli plants.

Sometime back, disaster struck the garden, when a couple of squirrels started damaging my plants. I am not really sure what caused them to move down to my plants and start damaging them, when for these many years, they've been so calmly visiting the rooftop for grains and water we've been putting for squirrels and birds, pigeons and sparrows. A visit to the internet didn't help much. However an SOS call in one of the many gardening groups on Facebook got me some leads. One of the facebookers suggested me to use spare CD's and hang them in the affected places, which will probably ward off the squirrels. I tried this the very day, and I think I've hit success. The plants are these days seeing less squirrel attacks, though, I am still not sure if this is actually sorted out.

The coming posts will see individual updates on the pointers I've shared in this version of weekly updates. Keep gardening!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Blooms this week - Harshringar

This time, here I am with some freshest pictures from one of the plants that has bloomed for the first time. This is the harshringar, also known as parijat or parijaat. Nyctanthes arbor-tristis is a plant that owing to it's beautiful blooms, has attained an almost divine status, especially in Hinduism and Jainism. Parijat, in Hindu mythology and scriptures, is a heavenly tree from the abode of Lord Vishnu (Vaikuntha), which in the ancient scriptures, is said to possess powers to impart everlasting youth. Though, there is no scientific evidence to show that this plant possesses any such qualities, the plant is still called parijat and and thus has a divine status.

Owing to the beautiful and unique flowers in white and orange, and having an immensely strong fragrance, the flowers are quite beautiful. The flowers bloom late in the evening, in bunches, spreads its fragrance throughout the night, and as the day comes up, all the flowers fall down on the ground. As for my plants, I tried growing them from cuttings I brought in from a nearby park, and tried planting them for three years straight, and finally succeeded with the cuttings in the third year. This year, it's the second year, and I am quite lucky to have two of the stems growing pretty well. These days, both the plants have lots of flower buds which are blooming and spreading fragrance.

I’ll leave you guys to enjoy the blooms, till I get some stuff done for the upcoming next post for the transplantation of my pomegranate plant I carried out in the last week, and the new plants, I introduced in the garden this week.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Weekly updates - September 26, 2017

The monsoon season that went by just a while back, had some of the loveliest tuberose blooms I have had in all these years. The very first blooms were amongst the best ones, I have posted here. This was primarily because the plants I was getting these blooms from had become too old and hence, the flower quality reduced sharply, so much so that there were seasons when I could only get just one stick blooming over the entire season, after a long wait of a year. This was frustrating, a lot so.

Then last year, brought in, what were supposed to be bulbs of double variety of tuberoses, which supposedly had multiple layers of petals, instead of the usual single layer of six petals. As it has been quite late, the plants were not really ready for the blooming season in the monsoons last year. The plants finally bloomed this year, however, to my disappointment, none of those came out to be that of double variety. However, the blooms turned out great, and here are the results for you to enjoy.

Tuberose blooms

Tuberose blooms

Tuberose blooms

Tuberose blooms

Tuberose blooms

Tuberose blooms

Tuberose blooms

Do share your thoughts about the blooms in the comments section below.