Saturday, 16 January 2021

Garden Affair : Small space Gardening

 It has become an increasing popular Gardening culture and convenience of growing plants in small places by applying techniques of gardening that helps in utilizing small spaces in a manner that many varieties of plants can be grown within a restricted amount of space.

Here are some of the easy ways to use spaces for Gardening 

Hanging baskets and Recyclable containers

The most popular and appealing technique of growing varieties of flowers and annual crops is planting hanging baskets and inverted bottles and pots . This is quite economical technique as anyone willing to start gardening in absence of ground can use recyclable bottles and containers and can even bring hanging baskets easily available in the market.


     These are easy to hang over the walls and  place beneath the ceiling which looks appealing to the eyes and adds aesthetics to your space.


Vertical Garden ideas                                                                                                                        

It is becoming increasing popular to grow Garden tower with respect to  taking support against wall which helps in utilizing space effectively in  a restricted area and gives satisfaction of growing plants .


Window sill gardening 

This is good idea for the plants that strive in less  sunlight conditions and can be grown in conditions with low light or artificial light conditions.

                                           Growing Succulents on grills of window sill


Container Gardening 

The most appealing and aesthetic idea of gardening in small spaces is to grow different plants in a large container .The plants are arranged in a an artistic manner in a large container so that it brings an aesthetic aura to the spectator.

Raised bed Gardening 

This is a concept of making a small patio garden in balconies and roofs mainly for the purpose of growing veggies and obtaining other harvest. A bed is structures using bricks, wood as per available and required space in a manner so that fresh veggies can be grown and obtained accordingly. 


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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Cold and Dark days

 This year began on a chilling note as it rained continuously which led to dark and foggy days for a week and when now the weather is clearing up some of the blooms are showing up 


Christmas cactus booming indoors


Chrysanthemums are one of the blooms that are adding color in spite of cold chilling weather


 I am glad to notice the  Bougainvillea blooming back after many days


First sight of Petunias in this year


Marigolds blooms are coming out slowly as weather is clearing up gradually


Meanwhile with  the rise in the cases of Bird Flu in my region  some of the Indian Mynas were spotted roaming over the park


            And a Sunrise after days of Dark gloomy sky 



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Saturday, 9 January 2021

Garden Affair : Asiatic Lilies Blooms

 The wait is over for the most sought after awaited  Lily blooms every year .Asiatic Lilies are one of the most stunning Lilies that bloom in our region days before the spring outbreak. Although it is surprising to experience harsh winters this year still somehow Asiatic Lilies have managed to bloom at the time when Garden is devoid of blooms due to winters.


Asiatic Lily care

These lily are grown through bulbs which takes almost two months to come to blooms and blooms remain intact for a week or 10 days. They prefer sunny bright light conditions for growth and blooming .They need fertilization at the time of bud formation and did not prefer over watering conditions.

I have also grown Oriental lily bulbs which are still not in to the blooming stage.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Marigold flower

 Marigold flower is most widely grown flower in our region .It has significant religious and medicinal value in our region . It is one of the most hardy and easy to grow drought tolerant annual which can be grown throughout the year in our climate.

                                                            AFRICAN MARIGOLD

Care and Flowering                                                                                                                        


Marigold Flowers are easy to grow from seeds and can also be propagated from stem cutting. A marigold plant bears its first bud within a period of 45 to 50 days from the day of sowing of seeds . They do not require much care and can withstand drought like situations for long and still bear blooms in profusion even without fertilizing .                                                                                                      


Types of Marigold flowers                                                                                                                             
             African Marigolds 

African Marigold have giant blooms from color ranging from Golden,Yellow,White , Red ,Orange and many variations in these colors.                                                                                                        

                                                                    French Marigolds                                                                                         
Whereas French marigolds have smaller blooms in comparison to African Marigolds but  are more  bushier and gives out more blooms than African varieties.                                                                

Seeds Growing and Propagation from Cuttings

Marigold seeds are easy to collect from the dried flowers and even easier to germinate with high germination rate as compared with other hardy annuals.                                                                 

Harvesting of Marigold Flowers and Sun Requirements

Marigold Flowers grow very well in Full sun and will underperform in shaded or partial sun conditions 
How to know that Marigold flower is fully matured and ready to Harvest .
Marigold flower is ready to harvest when the center of the flower is visible and fully bloomed .

A close up of Indian Parrot

Clouds streaming like a river 

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Garden Affair : Winter annuals for shallow pots


Happy new year everyone. The year has started with spine chilling winter waves in our region presently which has led to fall in temperature in many areas in our region. It was just a day back that temperature was recorded lower than 30 F thereby it is still a long wait for  spring annuals to bloom .Hereby  in this post I will throw light upon some Winter annuals in our region which can be grown in shallow pots owing to there small roots.The flowering  plants with small root formation can easily be grown in Shallow, small pots and  it is due to less availability of space for growing winter or spring annuals these below plants can be easily grown in small balconies and spaces in small pots or hanging baskets.



Pansy is one of the most unique and rewarding winter annual which can easily be grown in shallow pots and hanging baskets as they have small roots .They are easiest plant to grow in any kind of pots and flower beds.


Cineraria Flower is one of the most attractive low maintenance plant that grows well in semi shaded areas .It can be easily grown in shallow pots and hanging baskets .



             Petunias are best plants to grow in shallow pots and hanging baskets since they are quite hardy winter annuals which can be grown in small pots or flower beds as they adopt to every situation easily without affecting the blooms.



                          Alyssum is annual that is best suited to be grown as a border plant for other spring annuals and its fragrance that resembles warm honey is pleasing.They add so much beauty to the hanging pots and small flower beds.



                                                                     Calendula also known as pot marigolds have shallow roots and look stunning when grown in profusion in a row or even in hanging baskets.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Are these weeds ?

 It is a preconceived notion that any flower  which is self growing anywhere is a weed whenever it is observed that is growing by itself in the wild environment .I had been plucking out these two beautiful flowers considering them weed until I discovered that they are not counted in the category of weed.

                                                                   Blue pimpernel

Blue pimpernel flower is not a weed as it is considered creeping perennial in many countries but is grown as an  Winter annual in my region where rosette like leaves with blue colored flower emerging from the leaves.


                                    Dandelion flowers after wilting forms the beautiful seed pods

Dandelion is not a weed and is considered for the  anti infection treatment in the medicine world. It has been also used for the problem of indigestion in the medical science.

And a rare sight of yellow throated sparrow

                                                      Yellow Throated sparrow

This  Adenium bloomed in spite of the  the cold weather


And a Stunning evening sky


Saturday, 26 December 2020

Garden Affair : Merry Xmas

This year has been quite stressful for the entire world and as it is about to end I wish everyone a safe and better new year   .                    

          It is the festive time around the world and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas .

Here is a small glimpse of how I celebrated Christmas this year



Chocolate Ganache cake prepared at home

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