Pink Rose at Reema's Garden

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™‚

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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 XVIII – Passion Flower

Passion flower or Passiflora or Krishna Kamal are beautiful vines with incredible flowers.

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5 reasons to have Passion Flower:

They are one of the most beautiful flowers in the world.

They can be grown almost in all regions.

You can actually see them blooming. They bloom very fast.. within a span on 5-7 mins. So you can see the unfolding of each petal!

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They are all season.

Some are shrubs while others are trees.

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Passion flowers need regular supply of compost. Add compost 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.. ;( ;( :(
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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