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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Grapevine

It has been quite a long time since I have written here. The last time, it was some juicy strawberries, and this time around, I have some grapes to share here. It has always been a pleasure to watch plants, that you sow seeds of or get small seedlings of, from a plants nurseries, care for, and watch them grow over the time. It is a sense of absolute happiness when these plants that you've so long cared for, blooms and a much better feeling when it bears fruits, ones which you can consume.
Talking about the grapevine, this has been with me for around four years now. It bore a good harvest the first year I got this plant. The next year, because of some unforeseen circumstances, the plant did not get a chance to bear fruits, even after it bore good enough inflorescences. The next year, that is, the last year, the plant surprisingly gave a miss to the inflorescences and thus no grapes, last year as well. This time around, however, I got lucky, and a few bunches of grapes showed up.

I had no option, but to wait - this is one thing nature makes you learn - WAIT! Whether you like it or not, the nature has her own way, and you can't really force her to work according to your wishes. So, I waited and waited and waited. For the inflorescences to show me small grapes, for the small grapes to grow bigger and bigger, and then for these big grapes to ripen. Well, it happened, but not as I had thought. The grapes grew, but didn't reach a size they already did, the first time the vine bore fruits. Though, this is not supposedly a variety with fruits of a good size, but, this year's yield just broke another expectation. Just a few bunches, and those too having tiny grapes, each of them filled with two to four seeds, so what have I got? I am still thinking over that. However, there's one consolation - the winged guests that visit my rooftop certainly like what's on offer, and they, probably never have any expectations, and thus, are happy with whatever is being offered. The birds do like poking the grapes, drinking all the juice with their beaks, and leave alone the seeds, right there, for me. :P

Hopefully, next year, I will have a better harvest that this year, and though, I do leave some of the harvest for the winged guests, I too want to taste the feeling of having your own harvest, right from your rooftop garden. There's some speculations of the monsoon arriving soon. And until it arrives, there's going to be a lean time, here, as nothing shows up in the scorching heat. The really hardy plants like the all season vincas - white and the pink ones are just the ones that bloom these days, and so is the arabian jasmine, that works wonders in the evenings with the superb fragrance. Hopefully, by the time the monsoon arrives, I will have better stories to share with you all, here. And since this time, I am expecting the tuberoses to give me a better yield, along with the new variety I introduced earlier this year, I can just hope to give you exciting food for thought here, in the coming weeks. Till then, HAPPY GARDENING!

1 comment:

  1. Who gives you good pure oxygen, shade, fruits and flowers? Plants are just great. I like reading the blogs on growing and benefits of plants. Even watching images of the plants gives a sense of peace to our mind. Keep posting more. Even Question Signal


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