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

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The second one,Β 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 πŸ™‚

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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.Β 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 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

Flower Garden – Part XV – Petunia

Petunias are here! πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Disclaimer: The images in this post don't belong to reemasgarden.com. I lost my Petunia pics.. sob..sob.. ;( ;( :(
Plumeria flowers at Reema's Garden

Flower Garden – Part XIV – Plumeria

Often called as CHAMPA or CHAPHA, Plumeria is one of the most easiest growing plants. That is one of the primary reasons why landscape designers/horticulturist use them anywhere and everywhere. You find these plants along the roads, highways, in backyard, residential housing compounds, around commercial buildings, parks, gardens, everywhere.

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3 reasons why you should have plumeria:

They are strong and sturdy.

The flower stays afresh for 10-20 days. The flowers have a very long shelf life. Hence even if the plant blooms just once every month, it looks as if the plant is laden with flowers always.

Flowers in all seasons and has a mild beautiful fragrance to it. It blooms in bunches making it look spectacular.

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Plumeria has more than 300 varieties. Choose the one that is indigenous to your location. Use a big pot to plant them. They need regular supply of nutrients. Add lots of compost while potting them. Later on add compost every 45-60 days for initial 6-8 months and then once in every 75-90 days.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

 

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 πŸ™‚

Yellow Canna Flower

Flower Garden – Part XII – Canna

Isn’t it bright and beautiful?

Canna often comes in these bright yellow, orange, red colors which makes them very attractive. The unique petal (stamen) structure mimicking lilies adds to its beauty.

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Canna is very easy to grow and loves bright sunlight.

Use a wide pot when potting these plants. Click here to know more.

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This one is again one of those low maintenance plants. Add sufficient compost while potting them so that you don’t have to add compost later on. Adding compost later on by digging the soil around plants may at times harm the upcoming new shoot.

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Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

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Flower Garden – Part IX – Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum also known as Guldaudi in Hindi or Shevanti in Marathi are beautiful flowers. They are known across the world for its cultural significance.

We here in India use them for worshiping. I remember my childhood days when chrysanthemums were synonymous with yellow flowers. Well… No more…. They are now available in more color combinations than you can imagine.

If you ever thought I don’t struggle with plants… LO… here you are… I am about to reveal one of my many secrets.. I am not very good with Chrysanthemums. Somehow I don’t get right. My plants don’t survive long or if they do survive, they don’t bloom. Sometimes it makes me wonder, has all that hybridization made chemical fertilizer an essential for them?? But this is just what I wonder… Prove me wrong! Grow these amazing flowers and send me pics and help me grow them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I can tell you what i know about chrysanthemums.. They love sunlight.. bright direct sunlight and that they need regular pruning. Pruning is really very very important for these little plants.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

 

Beautiful Pink Kaner Flower

Flower Garden – Part VI – Kaner

Kaner, known asΒ 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 πŸ˜‰Β 

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.Β 

 

What type of Pot should I use?

Many people ask me what type of Pot/container should they use for gardening. What should be the size of pots? Should it be a plastic or clay(mud) pot?

So before we decide what should be the size of the pot, we should know what we are planting. In case you haven’t decided, there is only one way of deciding the best pot – THE BIGGER THE BETTER.

Second, it always beneficial to use one wider & bigger pot than two smaller pots! It better to get one rectangular pot as indicated in the image below (Right) and have multiple plants than have multiple single pots!!

Next big question – what material should it be comprised of? I do prefer the plastic ones. They have many advantages over the clay, mud or ceramic ones! They are light in weight, hence easy to carry and move. They are flexible, hence less chance of breakage. For the ones who would like to use recycled stuff for Pots and Containers, click here.

You can use smaller pots or recycled plastic bottles for growing herbs and leafy veges!!

 

Happy Gardening! πŸ™‚

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..Β 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! πŸ™‚