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Friday, 16 August 2019

Rain lilies in the rains

This time around, I have got lots and lots of railly blooms. Here's a potful of white railly blooms.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Harshringar Timelapse video [4K]

Harshringar, also commonly known as Night Blooming Jasmine in English, Siuli in Bangla, Parijaat or Harshringar in Hindi, is one of the many varieties of highly fragrant Jasmine plants around. What so special about this plant is the distinct shape and colours of these highly fragrant flowers from the Jasminum family. The five petaled flowers have a pedicel (the part that connects the petals to the rest of the plant). In the case of this flower, as common for most of the other varieties of jasmines, the petals are white, however the pedicel is a bright orange, which gives a stunningly brilliant contrasting look to the entire flower. The behaviour of the flowers, which, again, just like most of its cousins in the Jasminum family, bloom after the sunset, however, unlike most others in the family, the Harshringar flowers fall down on the ground before the sun-rise. Given the medium sized tree that Harshringar can be, you could see a strikingly beautiful ground under the tree, if you have one around your home. Ground turns into a white carpet with lots of white flowers (ofcourse depending upon how your tree is blooming), facing down with most of the orange pedicels facing upwards.

Siuli, as it is commonly called in Bangla, enjoys a special place in Bengali culture, where it enjoys the status of the state flower of West Bengal, India. Two years back, I successfully got two plants grown from stem cuttings I brought from a nearby park, after around two years of unsuccessful tries. This year around, the both the plants grew well and had lots of flowers. Below is a timelapse video I created while a couple of the flower buds were opening up in the evening. The result? You can watch it on your own.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Monsoon Delights - Rain Lilies

I have had yellow and pink rain lilies for quite some time. I have been in the quest to bring in plants from all over. Wherever and whenever I get chance to get myself plants, or seeds if getting the plant is not that easy, I don't miss a chance to grab the opportunity. This is how I got the yellow rain lily seeds, while on an official visit to a client's place, where I found seedpods, which were still unripe, but I grabbed the opportunity and got myself the seedpods. Luckily, even the unripe seedpods gave me some useful seeds which let me have my own yellow rain lily plants.
The pink one, I bought from a local plants nursery, and I do not remember where and how I got it. The white one, which I added last year to my collection is again a chance encounter with a plants seller, while I was returning back to home from somewhere, around this time last year. That was a bunch which I got for a good price, and while I missed a chance to have blooms last year around this time, this year, it's been different, though, I still couldn't give the plant enough space to spread like this species usually does, it's still thriving good.

Rain Lily Bloom
White rain lily bloom
White Rain Lily Bloom
White rain lily bloom
Bunch of White Rain Lily Blooms
A bunch of white rain lily blooms
The rainy season this year seems to be quite long and thus, would be good for the plants, and I will have a great winter season, with numerous winter delights up in blooms. The beautiful juhi plant too is blooming these days, so are the vincas. Up next, I’ve got a great surprise addition to my garden, one that I’ve been trying for quite long, but this time, appears I have been pretty successful, till now. I still have to see a bloom, but am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Months in review

It was quite long ago when I last posted here. Things are going great in the garden, but not the same with me. For some reasons, I have been tempted to neglect the blog, which was once a passion for me. It has been months since I last posted here on this blog, although my garden still goes strong and great. I have been introducing new seeds and plants and am getting whole different set of results for the work I do there. There have been threats as well, to my plants, be it the lone neem plant that’s left from half a dozen that I originally planted in the garden. The strawberries, two of which finally made through and bore lots of fruits and I was able to get just one. There were lilies lined up to bloom and the threat strikes. Cow beans, roses, ridge gourds, neem, tomatoes, you name it and it all got affected, and I was furious to the extent that I once decided to eliminate the threats, however, I have always resisted the feeling to do so.
Strawberry plants with the first bloom of the season
The tomato plants
The threat, I am talking here about are the ubiquitous rodents, the Indian Palm Squirrel, or the three-striped squirrels. This species of the squirrel is present across India and are very common to human habitation and are very adaptive to the living conditions. I always liked them for their cuteness, their social behaviour, and their looks, till they seemed distant. However, since last year, I have started getting these rodents on my rooftop. Apparently one of the two outdoor units of Air Conditioners serve to them as an easy nesting place. The throughout the day cool surroundings within my plants, and the bird feed we place for pigeons also seem to be an attractive factor to these creatures.
A beautiful poinsettia, gifted by a colleague

Some of the first blooms of the strawberries.
Some of the first blooms of the strawberries.

Sometime back, I had two tomato plants that grew pretty well, and were bearing fruits. Every other day, I would see one or two tomatoes ripening, and as soon as the tomatoes turned yellow, I would see the fruits bitten partly by these nasty creatures, the very next day. I started picking up the fruits as soon as they turned yellow, and these creatures adapted, and god knows how they got to know that a particular fruit is about to turn yellow the next day, and I started getting half eaten tomatoes ripening, and the very next day, the ripened yellow half eaten tomato will vanish.

Anyway, getting back to the garden, as you might have read earlier, I transplanted one of my two mango plants to a bigger container, as the earthen pot it was in appeared quite small. Since, I have seen the plant grow, but lately, I am able to see the leaves drying almost half. This appears to be a root rot, for which, I have taken a couple of measures, in the hope that the new leaves will turn out good, and the plant will get a good opportunity to grow, and who knows, I might get to eat mangoes of my own plants, right on my rooftop.