Things to know when you buy plants!

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-ย  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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Gardening ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Minimalism – A by-product of 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?

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Why I started Gardening…

Like everyone I started gardening for small joys that it brings.. to see a flower bloom… to see a plant grow… to see a life grow!

During this incredible journey I didn’t just learn about plants and ways to grow them but also about living life in a different way!

The way they say, every journey is a spiritual one! After completing a 100 technical posts on gardening, I did like to share a few articles on how gardening changed my perspective, what I learnt, what I believe and where I am headed.

Hope you like the upcoming series!

Happy Gardening ๐Ÿ™‚

Reminder: Plants are living beings!

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.ย Treat a plant like your child!

Happy Gardening ๐Ÿ™‚

Flower Garden – Part XX – Firecracker Flower

Heyy friends.. this is the last one in the series… Its called the Firecracker Flower orย Crossandra infundibuliformis.

It is native to southern India but I believe it can be grown in several different regions as this plant has received Award of Garden Merit from Royal Horticultural Society in 2017.

3 main reasons to have this plant:

The flowers are very beautiful… But the Buds are even more beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Crossandra is perfect to add that light orange color to your Garden! They have multiple blooms at any given point of time.

These are very easy to maintain these plants.

Plant them in Big Pots. Add sufficient compost while potting them and then once in every 45-60 days.

Happy Gardening ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Flower Garden – Part XIX – Asian Jasmines

I really wanna talk about these 2 Jasmines which are native to Asia/India.

The first one isย Tabernaemontana divaricata orย commonly called pinwheel flower, crape jasmine, East India rosebay.ย  Also called as Tagar or chandni in Hindi.

The second one isย Gardenia jasminoides

To my friends across continents… Both these jasmines are native to Asia… I don’t know how well they’ll fare in your countries. But they subtropical plants… So no harm in trying though ๐Ÿ˜‰

These are very easy to grow plants. Since these are perennials, you just have to buy them once. They don’t need any pruning. Plant them in big pots.

They need good sunlight. If not complete, at least partial sunlight. Keep adding compost regularly, say every month for initial 4 months and then once every 45-60 days.

Happy Gardening ๐Ÿ™‚

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,ย Cestrum nocturnum,ย common names include night-blooming jasmine, night-blooming cestrum, and raatrani.

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

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The above image of Parijat flower does not belong to reemasgarden.com

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Flower Garden – Part XV – Petunia

Petunias are here! ๐Ÿ˜€

The lovely, colorful, bright, cheerful Petunias are here! Once you have petunias in your garden, you can’t help but fall in love with them.

3 quick reasons why you should have petunias:

They come in various colors. They are perfect for adding different colors to your Garden!

They have multiple blooms at a time. Gives your garden the grandeur you have been searching for.

These plants have a tendency to fall or grow downwards, making them apt for hanging baskets.

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They say petunias are both annuals and perennials, but I have seen only the annual ones. That means… new colors every year ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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). Petunias will make digging around them difficult. So be sure to add compost while potting them.

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

Happy Gardening ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Disclaimer: The images in this post don't belong to reemasgarden.com. I lost my Petunia pics.. sob..sob.. ;( ;( :(
Beautiful Pink Kaner Flower

Flower Garden – Part VI – Kaner

Kaner, known as Nerium oleander, is one of the toughest and drought resistant plants. The beautiful and fragrant yellow, pink, white flowers in bunches are what your garden needs the most ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

We in India consider this plant very holy and flowers are offered to Lord Shiva & Goddess Shakti. Religious points aside, few reasons why you should have Kaner in your Garden are:

They are very sturdy, strong and drought resistant.

Don’t need much care in respect of pruning.

Flowers are very beautiful and fragrant.

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Available in many colors.

Available in single and double petal varieties.

Use big pots for planting these as they tend to grow quite tall. Add compost at regular intervals, say once in a month for initial 4 months and later on once every 45-60 days.

Caution: The flowers, fruits and roots of this plant are poisonous. Please do not consume any part of this plant.ย