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™‚

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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.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 asย Cascabela thevetia, 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 

 

Flower Garden – Part III – Pentas

Here comes my most favorite flowering plant. The PENTAS. No words are enough to describe the beauty of this flower. Just go and get hundreds of them.. Go now… Runn…

So here’s why this one has been my favorite over the years:

Its very strong and sturdy.

Has amazing beautiful small flowers in bunches.

Blooms throughout the year.

Comes in various colors.

It highly resistant to any disease or pest attacks.

Thrives well in partial sunlight and shade.

Humming birds, sun-birds and butterflies love them.

Needs very less manure/compost. If you’re potting your plant as recommended, adding manure once in every 45-60 days is enough.

Happy Gardening ๐Ÿ™‚

New Season – New Series!!

Vacation time has kicked in! All the parents and kids are excited! Its a great time to start Gardening except we are all little confused as to how do we start.. Right?

So here I am.. with a brand new series of how to start Gardening! This time we are discussing every aspect in detail.. from what kind of pot should you use.. to how much should you water the plants..ย From Beautiful Flowers to Organic Kitchen Gardening. And Yes, if you have a backyard or a Small Farm, there’s lot coming up for you as well.

Till then keep posting your queries and I would love to answer them!!

Happy Gardening! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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.ย 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 growย 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.

Being Reema!

When I started this blog, it was only about sharing my Gardening experiences and a few other Gardening tips and tricks that I had picked up! But something didn’t feel right. Or rather it felt right all throughout until past few weeks.

If you need to know how to grow something you have wikihow. You don’t need to look into #reemasgarden. Then what makes this blog different? How do you know its me.. Reema.. and everything on this blog is authentic?

This question has been haunting me for days and I finally feel I have found an answer.ย Our flaws make us human! That’s what I have realized and that is all that I am going to speak about for next few days. I want to get candid. I want to tell you all about my mistakes, which I now term as Experiences. I want to tell you all the non-physical/emotional/psychological aspects of Gardening that I have experienced.

One thing I now know for sure is that there is a limit to the physical aspects of Gardening but not to the emotional ones! In more ways than one gardening does turn you into philosopher or Spiritual person or probably both!

Strong-headed opinionated woman.. I have always been.. But I never thought I would let you know that. I didn’t want my blog to be an opinionated one. But then I don’t want my blog to be fact sheet/ database either. So here’s me!

I wish You all the very best! Remember, you always have an option to unfollow me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Gardener’s Confession – Chemical Fertilizers are tempting!

Who doesn’t love instant results?

Its very luring and tempting! You should see the results when chemical fertilizers are applied! The plants go lush green, start blooming ceaselessly, grow very fast and what not! When I use photos from my Garden on the Blog, I know how much better they can be if I did use those chemical fertilizers; especially in case of container gardening!

Then why not go for it? Because there will be days when you’re not regular with the supply of fertilizers or for that matter even water. There will be days when the plants have to sustain by themselves. That,my friend, will be time where an organically grown plant would outlive the chemically grown one.

And there are going to be several of those days. Days when there is excess work at your workplace (or exams if you’re a student), days when you or somebody in your family is not keeping well, days when you’re traveling or recovering from your jet-lag, and many more.. You want your garden to survive through all of it.. don’t you? Then, Go Organic!

Happy Gardening ๐Ÿ™‚

Flowers, flowers and More Flowers!

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.

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  • Also add as many different variety of flowers as possible. Fruit vegetables are a great option too.

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  • Prefer both Bunch flowers like Ixora and Pentas as well as individual flowers like hibiscus.
  • Have flowers for all the seasons.
  • Go 100% organic.