Petunias are here! 😀
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.
They say petunias are both annuals and perennials, but I have seen only the annual ones. 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). Petunias will make digging around them difficult. So be sure to add compost while potting them.
Petunias love bright sun and don’t fare very well in the monsoons! So be sure to buy them after the monsoons!
Happy Gardening 🙂 🙂 🙂
Disclaimer: The images in this post don't belong to reemasgarden.com. I lost my Petunia pics.. sob..sob.. ;( ;( :(
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
Canna is very easy to grow and loves bright sunlight.
Use a wide pot when potting these plants. Click here to know more.
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.
Happy Gardening 🙂
If you want a plant that needs no care, no pruning, not much composting, yet all season flowers.. Opt for Lantana! 😀 😀 😀
Well I just gave you all the reasons, didn’t I? Now what do I write in the rest of the post? 😛 😛 😛
Lantanas are small bunch flowers available in various colors and shades of Red, yellow, orange, violet, blue, white. etc
Butterflies love Lantana. You must have noticed these flowers alongside the roads/highways. They often crop up on their own and many times are classified as weeds!
These are seriously no care – no maintenance plants. So go.. get them 🙂 😀 🙂
When I say not much composting, what I am suggesting is, you can add compost in an interval of 75-90 days i.e just once in every 2-3 months. Also, I am assuming you’re potting your own plant. Click here to know how to pot your plant.
Happy Gardening 🙂
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)
As 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?
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.
I am often asked, what are the best vegetables to grow at home/balcony/terrace? Well, all!!
So how do you go about deciding which vegetables do you want to grow?
Firstly, always factor in your interest and preference!
Secondly, the season. There are many veges that grow throughout the year but there are also equal number of them who prefer a particular season!
Thirdly, consider the available space in your balcony/terrace.
Now comes the biggest challenge – You’ve a list of 10-15 veges which grow well in a particular season, you’ve enough space for them and you like them as well. So now how do you choose?
Always remember, if it is your first time, things may not workout exactly the way you want them to. So always go the conservative way. Imagine you can harvest a very little quantity everyday. So what would you do with it? I’ll illustrate.
- What if you harvest just one cucumber? Nothing wrong with it as you can eat it right away or you can use it in a salad with few other veges.
- Now, what if you harvest only 5-6 okra in a day and next ones would be ready for harvest only after a week. What would you do? All my south Indian readers are going – we will use in Sambar or in morkutaan!! 😉 😛 Well so if you can use a very little quantity of okra efficiently, go for it or else just reject it!
- Similarly with beans – What if you harvested just 5-6 pods of french beans? You can probably use it in fried rice/vegetable pulav/Biryani.
- But what if you harvest just 5-6 pods of broad beans or cluster beans? How would you use them? Well I don’t have an idea so I would reject such veges. But if you know how to use them, go for it!!
Now, before you decide to plant any particular vegetable, ask yourself, What would you do with an small harvest? Save yourself the pain of growing the veges and then not able to use them properly!! 🙂
Happy Gardening 🙂
It has been a huge concern for all the people staying in apartments/ flats/buildings – The water dripping from the pots! For those that are not worried about dripping .. it is about their Balcony and Terrace floor getting wet. I understand. But before I tell you some quick fix solutions, I want you to understand that the water that drains out, is excess water, which means you have been watering the plants in excess and you have to reduce the quantity of water.
Option 1: Use Trays – Very obvious I know but still many don’t use it.
Option 2: Use self-watering Pots – With Self watering Pots, you just need to water the plants once in a week. (Between 4-10 days). Excess water is stored and does not leak/drip.
Option 3: Use Bottles – I know I have spoken about it in my previous post but you can use this trick here as well. This one here is slightly different than yesterdays.
Option 4: Water them in intervals – Assume your plant needs 200 ml of water daily. So instead of watering it with 200 ml all at once, you can water 100 ml twice in a day or 70 ml thrice in a day. If this sounds very tedious, you can make use of drip irrigation as well.
Understanding the Water Requirements: Water requirements of plants depends on its size and the season. More water is required in Summer and very less in Monsoon. Also more the flowers and fruits, more the water requirement. Water holding capacity of the soil also makes a difference. Loam can hold more water than sandy soil. So all I want to tell you is observe the plants and soil while watering them. In a week or ten days, you’ll get a hang of it.
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This is a humbling experience. I was really awaiting this! There have been times when I have affirmed to myself that “This is just a number..!!” But so is age, weight, height, salary, and time..!!And in the end, it does matter! Celebrating a small success. Thank you for being with me! Thank for your love, support, encouragement and guidance. Love you!!
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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With so many Online and Offline options available, one often ponders where to buy the plants from. I would recommend buying plants from a local Plant Nursery! Wondering why am I saying so?
5 reasons to buy plants from a local plant Nursery!
- Local Nurseries keep only the plants that thrive well in the local weather/climate conditions. So in short, their maximum chunk of plants are sturdy ones.
- Since the plants are sourced from local farms, they suffer less damage in transit.
- They are cheaper.
- You can actually see, feel and touch the plant before buying. You can choose to buy a specific plant which you like. A lot of times there are several options available in a single category. To give an example, have a look at the following images.
All of them may be categorized as pink hibiscus. But you can notice the difference, not only in the shades but also in species. So it is best that you see the flowers so that you know what you’re buying rather than just having a vague idea.
- It helps create/foster employment in local area and by employment I mean all those who are engaged in this activity right from farm to the nursery.
When to buy Plants:
It is always a great idea to buy new plants. The only thing you have to be careful about is buying plants during change of season. In India this would typically mean the months of June, October and March. Two main reasons for not buying plants in these months:
- Like humans, plants also suffer from lower immunity during change of season especially if they are young. They either get infected with some disease or are vulnerable to pest attacks. I am not saying this to discourage you from buying plants. I just want you to be prepared for it. You ought to know that even if your plants are attacked or infected, it is temporary, like we catching a flu!
- If you’re buying plants for the first time, you should know what to expect out of it. For example, you bought a plant in the month of March when it had blossomed and had abundant flowers. You bought the plant expecting it to continue flowering just to know, that it has stopped flowering within a week’s time; only because its flowering season was December-March.
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Happy Gardening! 🙂