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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, 24 April 2016

Wonderful Ghazanias

Writing here after a really long time. A month is no less time to have an update on your blog, especially, when you have so much going on in your life. By life, I mean, the lives in my terrace garden at my house. The peak time for the beautiful blooms, for the year is over here, and right now, we, here, are reeling under the scorching summer heat that is crossing 40 degrees. Now, there is much more care needed by the plants, in terms of watering as we are forced to water them three times a day, which, is quite important to save the plants who have nowhere to go, to save themselves from this extreme heat.
Back to business, the past couple of months showed me some of the most beautiful blooms I could've had in my garden, and while most of these blooms I have already shared with you all, there were still some left that I should've put up here, but because of the other works, I couldn't. By other works, I mean something else, which took up all my free time, in which I compose and put up these blogposts. Sure, I will also let you know what other work I was busy in, as a large part of it is now complete, and just a small part is now left. Though, this (other work) has nothing to do with the niche of this blog, still, I will do a special post for this. Okay, getting back, I was talking about the beautiful plants which bloomed, and while most of those I have already shared, the few left were the ghazanias, gerberas, nasturtiums (which I had saved seeds from the last year, to get the plants, again, this year), and the dog flower. There were balsams too, but unfortunately, they didn't bloom as beautifully, because I lost three of the six saplings I had brought in, because of a strng gust of wind that resulted in the pot containing the balsam saplings, fall down two storeys, into the neighbout's empty space, right at a time when they had started to bloom.
For today, I have some beautiful ghazania blooms to share with you all. Nothing much, but still, the bright colours, along with the long bloom duration, makes these winter plants, an absolute delight to watch in your winter garden. While there are numerous colours these beauties are available in, for me, there were just three colours, from the six saplings I had brought in, early in the winter season, last year.
First, there were the buds, which, definitely left me really excited, for this was the first time these were blooming and thus, I had really no idea about the colours I would be getting.

A Ghazania bud
A Ghazania bud
Eventually, these buds bloomed into some beautiful ghazania blooms.

A ghazania bud, opening up
Another ghazania bud, opening up
A ghazania bud, opening up
Another ghazania bud, opening up
And then, there were the blooms, really beautiful ones, and ones that would last for four to five days, opening up and closing, daily, to bloom again, in the sun.

A ghazania bloom, yellow.
A ghazania bloom, orange.
A ghazania bloom, orange.
A ghazania bloom, orange.
The ghazania plants are still blooming, however, the bloom numbers have fallen down drastically, and the flower size too has fallen down considerably, because, it's off season! However, these will bloom again, in the next winter, and will make me extremely happy.
Coming p in the upcoming posts, the strawberries that I grew in my garden, though, the harvest was not a bumper one, for a starter, it was a delightful experience. Also, my grape vine, has finally bore fruits, this year, after a gap of two years, and now there are a few small bunches of grapes hanging out there. This and a few more in the upcoming posts, in the weeks to come. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING!

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