Hi friends, I did guide you about when and where to buy your plants in the previous post. To read, you can click here.
This post is about things you need to know while buying plants:
Take time out to buy plants: I have seen many people who go to the nursery just like they did visit some shop, tell the manager/staff what plant they want, pay for it and get going. Don’t do that. Every single time to visit the nursery explore the plants there. Notice what kind of plants they have and what not. How have they aligned the plants. There are some which are kept out while others inside the poly-house. Just by observing this, you’ll come to know which are shade plants, which require full sunlight and which require partial.
Talk to the manager/staff: The Nursery staff/manager are highly skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to plants. Talk to them. Tell them your requirements. Tell them you’re looking for “indoor plants” or “flowering plants” or “medicinal plants” and acknowledge what they suggest. Ask them how to maintain these plants – how to prune and fertilize- see what they suggest.
Be Flexible: I know you must have planned your garden before visiting the nursery. But be flexible. You’re not always going to find all the plants you require. So keep an optional list ready. Also incorporate the manager/staff’s suggestion on what you should buy. They generally guide very well.
Enjoy the process: Let it be a play and not a work! Do it because you enjoy doing it. Let it not be one of those things on your to-do list. 😉
Happy Gardening 🙂
When you see a plant/tree shedding its leaves in autumn, you can’t help but wonder why didn’t I do this? Why did I not let go of the things that are old, dry and no more of any use? We clutter ourselves with so many material and emotional baggage. We need to let go. We need to understand that after every autumn comes a spring! Every single time we let go of things that are no longer needed, we make room for new and beautiful ones to come into our life. Applies to single facet of our life!
Minimalism is defined in many ways by many people. All I want to say here is let go off the useless stuff. I have been trying to get rid off the stuff I no longer need and with every single thing I pick up, I realize I have attached so many emotions to it. All I wonder is why? Do you as well?
I never spoke about my adventures beyond Gardening. Gardening, especially when your garden is settled, takes very less time. But the influence it has on your lifestyle is tremendous. First and foremost, it humbles you. I don’t know how… but it does. I have never in my life met an arrogant Gardener. I guess that is because it opens up a completely new dimension of thinking.
Secondly, we being humans, we can never really separate ourselves from our surroundings. And if I may dare say, we are obsessed with people around us, irrespective of whether they are good, bad or worst. Hence we never really get over the phenomenon of comparing/judging ourselves with our peers.. colleagues, neighbors, friends, relatives, even acquaintances. This is a subconscious habit as we are social animals. But something magical happens when we start being with plants/pets or nature. Suddenly we are comparing ourselves with them. This time, for good.
When we start comparing in terms of ‘what we take and what we give and how we live’, we realize how petty we human beings have been. This very feeling, I believe, gives birth to lifestyle changes and is one of the main reasons as to why nature humbles us.
Happy Gardening! 🙂
Plants are living beings and you ought to care for them! Having said that, it should not deter you from experimenting. Making mistakes is one of the ways to learn. Don’t be scared to experiment… Here are few things you should always keep trying..
- Potting plants in different ways
- using different kinds of pots
- adding different types of compost
- making your compost in many different ways
- moving your pots (plants) around.. from full sunlight to partial sunlight to shade.. and vice versa.
- watering in different quantities to know the optimum quantity of water required..
- watering in different ways like drip watering, watering once in a day or watering twice in a day
- pruning at different stages
- Buying different kind of plants… trying all kinds of plants for your garden
- trying to grow different plants/veges/herbs at home.
Don’t be scared… This is how we all learn… its OK if your plant dies… Don’t be hard on yourself… The only thing that matters is you being involved with your plants.
Happy Gardening 🙂
Let me know your reasons for gardening in the comment section below!!
I know it sounds and looks weird…. but we do need a reminder every now and then…
Especially after a beautiful flower series… This is a mandatory post.
Don’t buy plants only for their aesthetic appeal.. Don’t force them to look a particular way. They have their individuality like you have yours. They don’t have to look the way you have imagined it to be. One single flower is as beautiful as a bunch of 15-20 flowers. A plant serves more purpose than just producing flowers. Don’t force the plant to produce excessively by adding excessive chemical fertilizers. Treat a plant like your child!
Happy Gardening 🙂
Now that we know flowers help attract bees, butterflies and birds; let’s get a bit more specific about what kind of flowers. We also discussed about single petaled flowers being better than the double petaled ones.
- The next thing is to incorporate as many colors as possible. Its true that colorful flowers attract bees and butterflies more than the usual white flowers.
- Also add as many different variety of flowers as possible. Fruit vegetables are a great option too.
- Prefer both Bunch flowers like Ixora and Pentas as well as individual flowers like hibiscus.
Pink Ixora flower bunch
- Have flowers for all the seasons.
- Go 100% organic.