Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Garden Therapy

Gardening is just not a hobby it is a passion that can help  you come out  from depression and stress.

It is my personal experience that merely looking to the garden can elevate the mood of distressed and working with the plants can lighten up and even demolish your negative thoughts completely.

 Ask the people who like growing plants and feel bundle of joy when their first seed grown tomato gets ripened for harvest. This year has forced the world to stay at their home and the situation can not be ruled out anytime soon. It is best time to get involve into the gardening to bring optimistic approach in this stressful period of our life.


     This is the Tomato harvest from my last spring and I can tell you that my excitement for it's harvest was exactly the same which was a decade earlier.


                                                               


        Benefits of gardening for the people who have to isolate themselves from the society owing to the pandemic


                                                         


  

It is a fact that elderly people have to stay at home as they are more prone to the pandemic thereby they can start gardening in small or large spaces which will help them relief from stress and anxiety issues. It helps in improving physical as well mental health of a person.

It does not let you feel alone and gives you rewards for your hard work.However it is just not plants presence of birds,bees in the garden makes us feel happier also .


                                                                   A Peacock captured in a Park



And off course who doesn't like flowers and don't stop by to smell it and adore its beauty


Carnation Flower




Winter Morning sky




Saturday, 28 November 2020

Garden Affair : Small flowers big Satisfaction

 I have always been attracted to the constant blooming perennial in my garden that bears small cluster of flowers as they shine like a twinkling stars in the garden irrespective of any weather conditions  giving consistent blooms throughout the year. They are most favorite among pollinators like bees, birds ,butterflies and moths. Here I want to share some of the perennials that attracts bees and other pollinators throughout the year in my garden.


                                                                Pentas

                                                                           



                                                                 Jatropha


                                                                        


                                                                 Lantana


                                                                               


                                                                 Golden shower


                                                                             



It is the time for link up party Garden Affair where you can share your experience related to gardening and in general growing plants or share snaps related to Trees, plants and flowers .

This link up party starts and ends on the Saturday every week and remain opens for whole week.


                                                    





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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Countdown to Winter

 The days are getting colder with every passing day as temperature at day time  has dropped to mid of 70s Fahrenheit which is quite cold for this time of year in our region. The reason could be due to unexpected hailstorm in my city  that happened in last week and fresh snowfall going on  in the hilly areas. While my winter garden preparation is going with full swing here are some blooms and developments that were observed after a walk in to the garden.

Spider lilies are in full bloom with a heady scent after their leaves were thinned and pruned after attack of worms.

                                                    



It was a surprise to spot Rain Lily blooming at this time of year

                                                                      


           

The last show of Hibiscus blooms until freezing winter sets in the garden


                                                                




A    fresh harvest of Raw mangoes 


                                                         





Meanwhile a Rufous treepie was spotted in the garden








And a wonderful morning sky with Clouds,sun and birds ( can you spot the sun )



                                                                   


Saturday, 21 November 2020

Garden Affair : Rose

 Roses are one of the most appreciated and popular flowers in the whole world .Their blooms are majestic and appealing to the eyes. Their beautiful appearance make them standout in the floral world and they are rightly said King of flowers .

I have been growing Roses in my garden from a while and have been mesmerized by its blooms and colors . These are some of the varieties of roses  growing in my garden besides the ever blooming knock out roses.


                                                           




Knock out Rose blooms



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Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Microgreens

 Micro greens are one of the most easy to grow highly nutrient plants that can be grown in a small space in your home. This is interesting to know that Micro greens can be grown from any type of seeds from such a  food item  that be consumed in daily life whether those are pulses, Green leafy vegetables,Chickpeas,Veggies or anything .It has been scientifically proved that micro greens have more amount of nutrition than the plant itself therefore it should be grown and included in the daily diet.

Methods of growing Micro greens : 

Micro greens can be easily grown through two simple methods in small and shallow containers .

Firstly , soaking seeds in water overnight and then planting them in the soil.

Second  method which is  more successful method involves keeping seeds wrapped  in a moist  paper napkin for two days or until seeds germination can be visible.

Step by Step explanation of Growing micro greens by second method

                            These are fenugreek and Moong bean/Green gram seeds which were wrapped in moist paper towel for two days and now germination can be seen in them clearly                             







                                                          

It is the time to sow the germinated seeds in the soil for growing micro greens. I have used Disposable Glasses for growing micro greens and we can use even any type of small and shallow containers available at our place 

                                                           

         Moong beans and Fenugreek seeds are sown in Disposable glasses here in below images






It should be mentioned here that micro greens should be harvested at the time when two leaves are visible on the stems germinated from the seeds                                                                                  





The above micro greens are ready to harvest and can be used in dips ,salads, savory pancakes and soups and many other cuisines to add flavor and nutrients .

Meanwhile a mysterious sky was spotted 

                                                          


Friday, 13 November 2020

Garden Affair : Happy Diwali

 This is the time for  festive season of the year as Today embarks the celebration of  Diwali .Diwali is the Hindu festival that is celebrated every year as a significance of victory of Good over evil .It is celebrated by lightning  earthen lamps and candles to signify the victory over darkness and evil. I wish and pray this festive  of Diwali comes out as a victory over the evil Covid 19 that has succumbed the entire world.

                                                           



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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Transition

 This year was quite unusual one and I hope it ends on a good note after being a nightmare for the whole year for the entire world .This time of the year temperature is falling down drastically bringing in transition in weather from hot to cold weather. This transition in weather is best suited for flowers to bloom profusely until cold weather stagnates the growth for a time period.

                                                   Zinnias and Gomphrenas  in full glory                                                                    


                             This seems exciting to spot Tibouchina blooming after a long time 

                                                                         






Rutteya Fruticosa 




Cockscomb Blooms 







Tecoma plants are bringing out blooms in this  Autumn to winter transition 

                                                                     


                                                                                   



Portulaca are still giving bountiful blooms


                                                                               




These two lilies  always bring welcome transition  in Autumn season









Bougainvilleas blooms





Pentas are giving last of their blooms

                                                     


                                                          Blooms in Autumn glory

Clockwise : (Cranberry hibiscus,Ixora,Torenia,Plumbago,Ruellia)



Meanwhile a parrot was spotted on terrace 

                                                          


And a sunrise to remember



                            


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