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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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Friday, 23 October 2015

Vivid Vincas

A lively garden is one which is always brimming with activity. Be it in a sprawling expanse of the ground, in a not so expansive one, or one that is confined to the spaces provided by potted soils placed in sunny balconies or rooftops. I believe, a lively garden with whatever something happening inside it always gives a feeling of immense pleasure to the person(s) behind it, be it a kid who has just started to live out the world, get to know it or someone who has seen a lot of the world and currently enjoying the days of doing nothing by spending their leisurely time in the garden in their backyards.
How do you distinguish a lively garden? Well, it's as easy as spotting the ripened orange among the raw ones. You will find put yourself as you see one. Anyways, for those who still have this question, a lively garden is one which shows you that it has life. The plants there grow, bloom, and do everthing live things do. Ofcourse, there are deaths as well, since it's a way of nature to bid adieu to the old and welcome the new.
It's just enthralling to experience a lively garden. As it happens with me, it excites me to the core to wake up to something new in the limited space I have made for my beloved plants. It gives me an immense pleasure to be able to find something new like a millet seed I put up for the birds, (pigeons and the adorable little house sparrows, which have now chosen to stay away from the human settlements which they adored in earlier days, much to the worry of bird lovers) growing into a beautiful bright green seedling, to a small plant that grew out of nowhere only to give you a couple of beautiful red blooms.
Similar are the beautiful plants of vincas which, due to their sheer vividity in colours of blooms, are an absolute delight to have in a lively garden. It's just an experience watching dozens of beautiful five-petalled flowers blooming in your pots, with colours ranging from white to pink, to darker shades of pink, and all the way to red, so much so that vinca or what is also called periwinkle in some parts of the world is a must have plant in your garden. With a prior hands-on experience with some beautiful vinca plants, this year around, I got myself some more vinca plants. What these grew to be was, although, not as I had expected, but then these were nothing short of beauty. What I had got of the unknown plants were blooms in white and pink, but, not the hybrid ones as I had expected.


Metro Greens: White Vinca Blooms
White Vinca blooms.
Metro Greens: Pink Vinca Blooms
Pink vinca blooms.
Metro Greens: Pink Vinca Blooms
Pink vinca blooms.
Metro Greens: Pink Vinca Blooms
Pink vinca blooms.
Metro Greens: White Vinca Blooms
White Vinca bloom.
Metro Greens: White Vinca Blooms
White Vinca blooms.
Metro Greens: White Vinca Blooms
White vinca bud.
Metro Greens: Pink Vinca Blooms
Pink vinca bloom accompanied by a bud.
Metro Greens: Pink Vinca Blooms
Pink vinca bloom.
Not to mention, the stark contrast in the bloom colours and the dark green shiny foliage presents a beautifully crafted plant that surely is a head turner when it blooms so lavishly. Be it white or pink or other darker shades of the hybrid varieties, the contrast of the flowers and foliage always leaves a great impression on the ones growing it as well as the ones viewing it.

In the upcoming posts, I have got some blooms of the Bayur tree lined up, that is called Padmapushp in Hindi, a sapling of the tree that my father had brought, and which has chosen to bloom now. For now, there are just buds, dozens of them in a 5 foot plant. I will be back with the blooms of the Bayur tree soon. Till then HAPPY GARDENING!

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