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Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Beautiful Escape by Rizwana Mundewadi

Gardening  forms the important part in my life. The blooming of flowers and the new fresh green leaves emerging gives a fresh and energized new start to the day. I am among the lucky few to have a small terrace garden and I make the most of it!
Close Up of Big Red Amaryllis Flower
Purple Beauty
Purple Petunias
Vibrant Pink and White Bougainvellias
A few collection of photographs from my cherished garden!
Corner Decoration in Garden
the bougainvelleas are the sturdy ones that have been with me for long...true life partners.
The display was some years back. Don't expect to seet eh same garden twice! it keeps changing like our life ...friends come..friends go... life goes on.. some plants bloom better, some die and some flourish.. and some sturdy ones who take my moodiness and climatic torture are to be for lifetime!
The Cloudy Sky
Close Up of The Pink Adenium Flower
Bunch of Adenium Flowers
Single White Rose
The Beautiful Sky Above
Light Pink Petunia Flowers
Close Up of Shaded Pink Petunia Flower

Beautiful Colourful Petunia Flowers

Single Pink Petunia Flower
Bunches of Baby Pink Petunia Flowers
The best season for petunias is from October till May. Planting is done after the rains as these do not tolerate heavy rains. Seasonal flowering but it is worth the show!
Plants grow from seeds and are not transplanted by cuttings.
Watering care is most important as they need well draining soil. The roots are very delicate and do not tolerate more water. Even dry spells are not good for the plant as the delicate roots dry up very fast. Regular watering is required daily. Best grown in hanging baskets.


Wide mouthed basket of cane layered with dried roots and dead foliage act as nourishment to this plant. Fertilize it with salts and compost for more flowering but do not over do it.There are a variety of colours and patterns available in this type of flowering plants. And new shades are always added every year by cross breeding seeds of the original colours.
Shaded Purple Petunia Flower

Red Shaded Petunia Flower

Single Purple Petunia Flower
Purple Petunias in Full Bloom
They always flower in bunches and hence quite a number of flowers are always visble on the plant. This is a very nice way of bringing colour in your garden,balcony or window sill. Care must be taken to avoid over watering other wise there is root root and the plant comes out of the pot due to mushy roots.
Too much sunlight also damages the foliage and the green leaves dry out as also the roots dry out resulting in death of the plant. Continuous exposure of direct sunlight must be avoided also keeping in mind that sunlight is very necessary for all flowering plants.Partial shade or place having exposure of sun only during first half of the day is ideal for healthy growth.
The best part is it these plants are available in many colours and flower profusely. They are also cheap and compaed to other flowering plants give more flowers. According to feng shui flowers bring life to the garden and home. Colourful flowers bring positive energy and refresh the environment as well the mood of the viewer. They are the best way to bring colour in your life!

Shaded variety are the most attractive
Beware of the pest attack! they are very delicate and usually attacked by rats and pigeons during summer to cool off during heat. Birds may pluck on the foliage or even uproot the whole plant for getting a cool base to sit!!!! rats can hide below the foliage and nibble on the delicate leaves and flowers. Pinching flowers is also a favorite past time for birds. Cover your plant with a net and place some garden element or black cloth near them to scare the birds. For me a small piece of plastic bag tied around the stems works fine ...till now.....there is daily war of survival with them and I have to be alert to protect my plants from the pigeons.
Also feeding them regularly has kept them satisfied and they do not attack my plants in search for food..

Flowering Cactus

Flowering Cactus
 This is a very beautiful and attractive plant having green foliage and peach coloured flowers all year long. The green leaves are elongated and cover the spikes/thorns. It has its own protective covering of bright green leaves which conceals the thorns well. This is a good choice for new gardeners as this does not require much care.
Last month during heavy rains it had become very slushy and mushy and the stem started to rot. Well it does not tolerate heavy downpour and it is advisable to keep it under part shade during rainy season. This plant also is a favourite home for butterflies to lay eggs due to the extensive green foliage. My plant had nearly more than fifty eggs and though I felt very bad in cleaning them but I had to save my plant. I have noticed the caterpillars have a voracious appetite and if neglected the plant may succumb to continuous feeding by them.
Water requirements are not much and can be watered on alternate days or when the upper layer of the mud seems dry. Compost may be added after few months to replenish the soil from lost nutrition due to watering.
Attractive but only for those that are comfortable with thorny plants. In Feng Shui it is advisable to avoid plants having thorns but I personally feel as in life there is happiness and sadness one cannot oversee the sad moments as they are the real spice in our lives and they make the happy moments more happier! my husband has selected this plant and even though at first I was reluctant to take care of it , somehow it has made a place in my heart with its attractive flowers and bright green leaves.
Peach Coloured Cactus Flowers

Close Up of Cactus Flower
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All the Best from Rizwana!
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Gardening- Importance in Our Lives

When we have a small or large open space each one of us dreams of having a part of nature with us. Gardening is a best part to bring a beautiful small part of the wonderful nature amongst us. It has been thought of as only people having the 'green thumb' can grow plants adn have a good garden. But this is not true. With a small amount of effort and nurturing everyone can grow simple plants and enjoy nature and refresh our minds.
Looking at a beautiful garden in the morning and enjoying the fresh air amongst plants is a surreal experience. It cannot be described in words and only the person experiencing it will mention about the aesthetic experience which caters to all our senses. A garden need not be very large and spanning over miles. Even a small terrace or a open balcony is sufficient to create this magic. One can plant different coloured flowering plants and see different shades of nature. Even the green in nature has many shades as no two plants have the same colour. If you notice carefully even the same breed plant has some or the other individual difference in their shade. A variety of greens can be observed in the simple foliage plants and it is also scientifically proved that the colour green is very good for the heart.
Go in for very basic plants like the money plant which does not require much care. So if you are still not having a garden or have not though about gardening as your cup of tea ..go ahead and bring some simple plants to begin with. I am sure with little care you will be successful in bringing a part of God's nature under your roof.

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