Flower Garden – Part XVII – The Nocturnal flowers

Today, we are going to discuss about two plants, which have very fragrant flowers and bloom only during night.

The first one, Cestrum nocturnum, common names include night-blooming jasmine, night-blooming cestrum, and raatrani.

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The second one, Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, the night-flowering jasmine or parijat.

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So, 3 reasons why you should have these in your garden…

For the late nights strolls that you take in your Garden.

For the fragrance. The enchanting fragrance spreads throughout your garden and your home.

They come in bunches. They have multiple blooms.

Isn’t it exciting? Few things to take care. Pot them in the biggest pot you have. Add sufficient compost while potting them. Add compost every month for initial 4 months and then once every 45-60 days.

Happy Gardening 🙂

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Flower Garden – Part XVI – Vinca

Vinca also called as periwinkle in English or Sadaphuli in Hindi are beautiful small colorful flowers.

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3 quick reasons why you should have Vinca:

They are strong and sturdy.

They have beautiful small colorful flowers. They are perfect for adding different colors to your Garden!

They need no maintenance.

 

They say Vincas are both annuals and perennials, but I have only the annual ones in my Garden. That means… new colors every year 😀 😀 😀

As I have said earlier, with annuals you can add sufficient compost while potting and just once throughout the life of the plant (or more if you feel necessary).

Vincas love bright sun and don’t fare very well in the monsoons! So be sure to buy/plant them after the monsoons!

Happy Gardening 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Flower Garden – Part XIII – Rangoon Creeper

Combretum indicum, also known as the Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon creeper, are beautiful flowering vines with Red color flowers found very commonly in Asia. The beauty of these flowers is they start as white colored flowers.. slowly turning pink and then maroon.

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Since they are climbers you can place them in any part of your garden and then place support in the shape and direction as you want them to grow.

They need bright sunlight.

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Keep adding compost every month for initial 4 months and then once every 45-60 days.

They are very low maintenance plants. They have a very high aesthetic appeal and are strong and sturdy.

Happy Gardening 🙂

No more Pinching!

You know exactly where this is going. Bonsai was just the beginning. Beginning of an entire new series of questionable gardening practices. I said “questionable” and not wrong.

Lets start with pinching. A widely approved and accepted Gardening Practice. Pinching plants is a form of pruning that encourages branching on the plant. This means that when you pinch a plant, you are removing the main stem, forcing the plant to grow two new stems from the leaf nodes below the pinch or cut. (Source – GardeningKnowHow – You can check the entire article on pinching here)

 

punchingAs you would have noticed, I have emphasized the words ‘forcing the plant’. My question is, why would you do that? Now before you say because it branches out and becomes bushy and produces more leaves/buds/flowers/fruits etc. All I want to say is it would have eventually done so. When the main stem has grown enough, the plant will branch out. All the pinching is just done to hasten the process. Why? Why can’t we allow them to grow at their own pace and in their own way? Is it so necessary to mold everything to our convenience?

 

Let us go a step further, with pinching we at least had a reason that it would produce more. What about Topiary? Why do we go about chopping plants/shrubs/trees? Just because it is appealing to the eyes? We chop them right till the time we get the desired shape and then we go on chopping to maintain that desired shape. All I wonder is, does nobody find it brutal?

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Lets assume that I have an authority over you or I am powerful than you. Imagine me telling you exactly how you should look. Your weight, height, skin color, hair.. everything. I decide and I impose it on you. How does it feel? If you have attained the kind of weight I want you to have, I stop feeding you. If you’re underweight I feed you unceasingly. I chop your hair to the length I desire and tan you enough so that I get the desired skin color. How does it feel? Well, you didn’t die and I am feeding you as well, so whatever I am doing is right, right?

 

We have come a long way from autocracy to democracy just to support the fact that every human being is equal. Lets take a step forward to support another fact that every living being is equal.

A Garden is more than just plants!

While we start with plants, a Garden is never just about plants!

A Garden starts with plants..

goes a step further with flowers..

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one step further with Bees..

Another step further with Birds..

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This image does not belong to my Garden. But I have seen hummingbird hovering around my Pentas and feeding on its nectar many a times!

Further with Butterflies..

Still further with all the pests, insects, worms and weeds..

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I have got 4 caterpillars in my Garden!

And a final one with predatory birds and insects!

All my upcoming Posts are about completing the Garden and how to go about it!

Hope you Like it!!

Happy Gardening!! 🙂

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10 Awesome Minimalist Garden Ideas to begin with!

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One is aplenty

So you say you don’t have a green thumb? Or you think Gardening is too much effort and you don’t really want to get into it? So here’s me telling you to do it with just this one. Start with any of these, one single plant and I am sure, you can still call it a Garden!! 🙂

The best way to make your Balcony/Window/Terrace/Backyard look dense, greener and colorful is by having climbers around. Just a single Climber is going to make it look as dense as 4-5 plants put together (or probably even more). So if you don’t want to have too many plants around but you would love to have that green cover – Climbers are the best way to go!!

5 Must have Climbers:

So here’s my list of 5 must have climbers. But there are many many more. I would love to know your favorite climber!

1.Bougainvillea (Bouganvel)

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2.Rangoon Creeper (Madhu-Malti)

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3.Jasmine (Jasminium auriculatum) – (Juhi)

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4.Passion Flower (Krishna-Kamal)

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5.Garlic Vine (Lasun – Vel/Bel)

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They all grow in pots as well. Don’t worry about training them. Its very easy. You can even let them grow on their own… in random patterns. If you want to train them, here’s a quick video by ehow-Garden.

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Garden Decor – Part II

If there is anything that can increase the beauty of your Garden manifold – Its the Fauna that it attracts 🙂 Especially the Birds, Bees and Butterflies!!

To start with, we can place the Bird- Feeders. Click on the image to know more about bird feeders.

When you have birds visiting regularly, you can place the Bird- Shelters. You may start with one and then go on increasing the number of Bird Shelters. It is not a very common thing for birds to adopt man-made shelters. But you can always try. Do not hang the shelters. Bird Shelters should be steady. Also, do not relocate them frequently. Here are a few shelters. Click on the images to know more.




Now here’s another thing – Gardens have a different look by day and by night. So if you like to spend time in your garden in the evening, beautiful lights are a must. Fairy lights are my all time favorites. Unlike lamps, which are confined to one place, we can create different patterns with fairy lights. I love them also because they can be used both indoors and outdoors. Here are a few different lights with which you can light up your space. Click on the images to know more.




Furniture: When I say furniture it doesn’t mean a whole set of chairs, tables or couch. It can be just that one single swing Chair or an easy chair. Or it can be a floor furnishings like a Yoga Mat or floor chair. The floor furnishings look best in Balconies especially if you like to exercise and/or meditate in your garden.

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Garden Decor – Part I

3It is important to give your Garden that perfect look! After-all its going to be that little corner in/around your home where you would love to dive into your thoughts, adoring the beauty of nature and getting intellectual! Garden Decor gives your Garden a perfect facelift that it needs. We will today have a look at a few common decors that you can have around your Indoor as well as outdoor Gardens. As we proceed we will go on customizing the Decors!! So let’s begin:

Wind-chimes: The tingling sound and their beauty just makes it perfect! There are many DIY videos on YouTube for creating different wind-chimes! Or else you can check out amazon by clicking here.

Stands: Stands are very beautifully designed to give a wholesome look to the garden. Just one stand around the garden and it gives that perfect look! It is best to get a stand customized as per your needs. In the meanwhile, you can have a look at these as well. Click on the image below to know more.


Pebbles: You can use them around your plants/pots or to create pathways around your garden. You can also use them to create a miniature water pool in your garden. Click on the image below to know more.

More on Garden Decor Coming up Tomorrow!

Happy Gardening 🙂

 

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