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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Holes in Hibiscus leaves Save Hibiscus plants from Winter pests Right procedure to add Ash fertiliser Nostalgic Beginning of Terrace Gardening Memories

Winters have begun with cooler temperatures by evening, and so have come up unexpected guests, pests. One of the reasons I had stopped growing hibiscus, we had more than fifteen varieties of unique rare, hibiscus flower plants, in fact our garden five years back was actually a hibiscus garden!But white aphids and beetles, it was a trying task to save them till spring burst in!We now have only one hibiscus, The Red Layered hibiscus, vibrant vermilion flowers. 
Red layered hibiscus
Red Hibiscus plants with two flowers.
Holes, and many holes, each day, the beetle, and also the caterpillars eating up, many plant leaves. 
Pests in winter hibiscus leaves
The beetle, bug, flying pests, eat leaves so fast, holes and holes and plants shrivel after few days. 
yellow blooms
Then also the yellow flowering plant which I had plucked  few years back rainy season that was growing under our car in compound , it would have died after rains, so emotional connection and brought it home!   its really so Awesum, gives out beautiful yellow blooms, and even after trimming last a week back, it gave us two Awesum blooms! 
yellow flower eaten by red ants
Red ants have come up eating the flowers, Our garden has become host to many creatures this winters and also trimmed a lot of heavy growth this time. 
How to take care of Hibiscus and other plants during winters-
1) Take note, sunlight will be for less hours, choose sunny spots, may require shifting of some plants to a sunnier location. 
beetle eating hibiscus leaves
2) Take extra care to avoid over watering,and avoid very late evening watering. We lost a precious one-...
Sad ...we lost this one...canna...many years...enjoyed so many vibrant blooms...
red canna bulb after rains...usually plants get affected by root rot, in twiners. seen as white fungus on roots.
3) Avoid fertilizing them now, cold temperatures may kill your plants.
4) Really practical workable tip-wash them!Bathe them!this helps remove beetles, bugs, and other pests , just be careful that the water from containers is drained well after this. 
Pests in winters
5) Advisable to trim the tips as these are most affected. 
6) I avoid harmful pest control sprays for my plants as they kill my plants  along with the pests! water spray with force helps, and manual removal(a very patient task, wear gloves to give them bath) 
Holes in hibiscus leaves
7) Ash has always helped my plants. 
Burning old paintings 
Nostalgic, clutter clearing of old paper paintings, burning them , fire is beneficial  to purify my little space under the sun. Then also clearing some old art makes way for fresh space and creative energies. 
8) Right procedure I follow-
burning paper paintings
 burn old newspapers, paper,(paintings)  be careful with fire...
fire purification , old paper artworks burning
positive intentions, let the ash dry and cool down a bit after extinguished, there is hot ash, be careful. Once cooled add some water to avoid the ash spreading with the wind.I amke a black paste out of this ash, and then add to all my plants. Pests don't like this, at least what I have noticed over the years. water everyday over the ash so that it does not create a layer over the soil and block seepage of water to roots. Remember to loosen the soil so that all ash gets absorbed by the soil. 
Ash for garden plants
Don't forget to add loads of love along, this also helps! Hope this helps! All the Best from Rizwana!

Each year, goes by, enjoying every bit of this spiritual journey..clutter clearing, letting go of some old paper paintings, great feed for my plants, they love this ash!
Nostalgic sweet memories ...came across my old photographs, My parakeet who flew freely, came into my life, lived for many years,..was caught by someone and caged...Love compassion and true friendship!My garden was quite neat then, then I kept adding, and now the little space has whole lot of  exotic, varieties, flowering most of them, it is a riot of colors! .
Plants and Gardening has given a lot of inspiration in my art, I  love them, I have more plant and bird friends than humans!

A corner of My little space under the sun ten years back 
My loving friend Alexandrine parrot
 Sharing a few of my old original paintings inspired by my little space under the sun!. 
Sparkling Diamonds Enchanting Garden Cubism Abstract razarts

Blue Flower year 2002, Razarts

Pure Luck White Chrysanthemums

Outstanding my first oil painting year 2000
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