Saturday, 7 April 2018

A visitor in the balcony

Balcony garden is that place which is close to your access and activities taking place over there are much more chilling to observe .I have small balcony adjacent to my room which is filled with greenery that attracts beings .

It was yesterday at noon time that I observe A Red Vented Bulbul in the balcony


                                                             



It seated itself on a planter and chewed some of the leaves of my purslane plant from it and then faced towards myself it seemed like it was in search for water                                                    



After not able able to satiate its thirst it looked for water here ad there and flew away.











I realized we can help them satiate there quench of thirst by making small effort of keeping water filled container at anywhere outside our home to help them survive the scorching summer, and also if possible some food in form grain available for hunger.                                                        



Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Magical encounter with spring


Its time when sun is up with scorching heat and heatwaves will start in near by time.Spring annuals are at last blooming stage and most of them have withered off.

Here its time to enjoy the last burst of colors in garden before the temperature touches 40 degree celsius.

                                                  GAZANIA

Most hardy annuals that survive serious drought conditions and can be saved for next year
                                                       




Everlasting or Helichrysum






Hollyhock


One of the late spring annual but worthy the wait.


Amaryllis Lily



Springtime lover hippeastrum blooms with onset of spring





Hibiscus


Hibiscus flowers rise up with advent of spring and gives  blooms till harsh summer heatwaves have not started                                                                                                                                          




Phlox will be missed till another spring




Whereas Summer can kill plants make them wither off,but there are some hardy plants that give color to the otherwise dry part of summer.                                                                            

Purslane



Spider lily







To my surprise my Asparagus fern bloomed first time thereby complimenting its attractive foliage



One of those heavy blossoms of Cherry tomatoes 




Nothing tastes better then home grown tomatoes that too from seeds.


There is a fruiting shrub known as Phalsa plant or Grewia asiatica which has some beautiful flowers with much more tastier tangy ,sweet berries                                                          






Gardenia
When we draw towards Fragrance of flower that one single flower that is enough to turn your head towards its fragrance and beauty 


We can grow marigold for most part of the year except the most harsh summertime




HAPPY GARDENING !!!!











Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Spring Bulbs : Anemones

I have always been fond of growing flowering plants from bulbs.This year I tried many varieties of bulbs that flourish in spring in our region .But unfortunately I guess weather remained too warm for the bulbs to grow naturally.Many of the bulbs did not survive the unpredictable climate .

Anemone bulbs are one of them which I  somehow managed to successfully grow and brought them to flourish eventually.

                                                         
                                This is the anemone bulb that has been soaked in water for 12 hours for rapid germination.After that for preparing potting soil for plantation of bulb: 

Composition of Potting soil must involve around 60 % of River sand ,30 % of Garden soil ,10 % of compost with small amount of Fungicide powder to protect bulb from rotting .
          



After around two months with severely low growth buds starting to appear on the plant



                                                                 




I had planted two bulbs of the colors unknown which came out to be brightest blooms within three months from sowing bulbs.                                                                                                                  







Few tips to care to be taken :                                                                                                                      
They don't prefer overwatering alike every other bulb ,soil must be well drained to achieve desired results,with more of river sand in potting soil .                                                                                   

They can be grown in partial to full sun in winter period ,but protected from direct sunlight while blooming stage has reached.                                                                                                                 

Its spring time best season for flowers to flourish and also to sow seeds of summer annuals and vegetables . I had tried growing Morning glory annual vine through seeds with a unique method that Ill be sharing in my upcoming posts .                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                              

             
                                                                                                 
                  




Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Jubilant Spring

Its that time of year which is anticipated all year .The weather is almost perfect for flora,there is a cool breeze with moderate sunlight that is best suitable for plants to flourish. 


                                                      Nasturtium welcoming spring



                                                           Clarkia elegans


                                               
                                                              Calendula blooms


Nigella grown from seeds






                                                                        Delphinums



                                                                      Castor blooming






Endless blooms of Petunias






                                                          Dahlias grown from seeds 




Attractive Gazanias





Verbenas





Self seeders Dimorpotheca






Phlox beauty





                                                       Kalanchoe flowering in full bloom




Dianthus 




French Marigold





Pink Tecoma vine






                                                                 Crossandra beauty



                                                                 Self seeder Larkspur





                                                   GAzania in Miniature garden




Drumstick flowering for the first time




                                                         Trailing Petunias on porches





                                                                     Salvia red beauty



                                                                   Single Dahlia





                                                       Tithonia feels like summer annuals already



                                                         Helichrysum or Paper Flower




                                                      Self seeders really brings spring alive






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