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Gardening Lessons for Life and Tips for Amateur Gardeners

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People often buy a few plants and keep the pots in their window sill and entrance of main door. Here these plants are watered and after few months or even less as they may not flower again, neglect and then there are dried plants... I see many windows having pots with dried plants, people do not even care to clean the pots neither do they remove the empty pots nor do they plant new plants in it.  If you do not succeed at first try again and if you do not wish to continue do clean your windows and doors, clutter in any form is not good for your house. Plants are considered very good in feng shui as they bring positive energy in your environment. Not only will plants enliven your house and environment they also promote good luck and prosperity into your home. You learn commitment, persistence, perseverance and lots of patience through gardening. With this coming new year I hope we see many new and amateur gardeners coming up and joining our race to heal the earth. As our body needs food so…

How to protect your plants from environment dust and grime

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Having and open garden is an enriching experience. It feels as if you are under the open sky and you can feel being the part of this whole universe. But having the open garden means dust and grime. Not only does your garden produce waste in form of dead plants, leaves and dead flowers and fruits but the environment also is not static. Especially nowadays with lots of construction work going on everywhere there is lots of dust accumulation on all the plants. Special care is needed to maintain your plants and flowers as this layer of dust, cement and other chemicals can cause harm to your precious garden plants.
Tips for maintaining plants and care from dust- Daily care is required especially during winters. As the climate has less humidity and everything is going dry your plants need special care to maintain their moisture levels. One of the secrets why my garden looks green- I take special care of keeping the leaves clean and free from dust and grime. Otherwise however beautiful your …

Fast Growing White Flowering Bush

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Keeping aside fragrant flowers we also have some flowering bushes that require very less care and grow into full blooms. The white flowering bush has flowers all year round but the fragrance is bitter. This plant which has white coloured flowers which look almost similar to chameli and mogra fragrant flowers is in fact a similar version without the fragrance. This plant can be grown as a full fledged flowering tree or also trimmed and grown as borders to your garden. In any landscape where you need flowers all year round and can do away without the fragrance you can grow this plant. The fragrance though similar to the periwinkle or vinca rose flower is also beneficial to health. It is also believed to ward of evil by planting bitter smelling plants in vastu and feng shui. This is a fast growing flowering bush and can grow within few months in a full bush. The leaves of this plant are of grey green colour and look like painted leaves instead of real leaves. The plant on first glance lo…

Different Birds and Terrace Garden Care

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Having a garden full of plants is really enchanting and captivating but bringing energy through birds is also an very important aspect for any garden. We all know that every gardener does encourage birds to come and be regular visitors in the garden. Any garden would look silent and dull without the energy of birds in it. Birds are not only necessary to bring life to your garden but they also play an very important role in transferring seeds everywhere. This is very essential and important especially for fruit trees where they need to be pollinated by other plant.
 The bird bath is a favorite place for pigeons, mynas, sparrows and crows. Sometimes rare birds are also seen near our garden like the king fisher, eagle, falcon, hawk, black sparrow and of course the lovely group of parrots and parakeets that love to fly above the garden.  Welcoming birds and enjoying them having dip in the cool mornings is soothing and brings joy to anyone but maintaining your garden plants is another task …

Wild Plant with Liliac Blue Flowers

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This plant has been growing in the pot on its own and even on removing it and placing it on the ground it has immediately taken root. The plant looks very beautiful with thick leaves and liliac purple blue flowers on it. This is a wild plant that had taken root and since the flowers looked attractive it was with us for some time. I think this is a poisonous plant and as this looks different with grey green leaves and thick veins can be seen on close observation of the leaf. Though it may have some medicinal use planting this in the garden was not with my choice. The plant as we see requires very little care and can grow by itself. The stem is of grey colour or a pale green and the leaves are oval in shape. The flowers are light purple and almost blue purple in buds. The plant grows as tall stem and leaves come in alternate growth.  The stem has juices that are sticky and when you cut a stem of pluck a leaf or flower you can see the fluid oozing out of the plant. Avoid direct handling of…

The Banana Fruit Plant

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Banana fruit plants can be seen at many places but trying to grow in container was  a bit challenging.  This picture here show a banana fruit plant growing in soil and this grows best in the ground, if you need to have good fruits. The banana leaf has been used traditionally in many religious purposes and rituals. In the south of India it is still used for serving meals and eating religious food. With ritual of using this banana leaf  for flowers in the temple this plant has been grown mainly for this purposes. You will find many homes and gardens full of these banana plants when you travel south of India as the requirements of banana leaves are very high and consumption is also very high. The banana flowers are very attractive and large in size. usually pink in colour they look almost like a huge pod of magenta colour. The banana fruit is very sweet and tasty and also nutritious. Growing a banana plant is all worth while as you use the fruits and also the leaves do not go waste. This p…

Ornamental Plant with Pointed Leaves

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I do not know the name of this ornamental plant but it looks very attractive as a centre piece in any garden. The pointed leaves of this plant need to be taken care of as this has to be planted away from eye and body level. Sharp leaves may not be considered good in feng shui as this is considered as poison arrows but this plant looks very tall and attractive. In feng shui such plants with spikes, thorns and pointed leaves are not allowed in the house but can be grown in the garden and outside the house for protection form negative energies and evil eye.This plant can be grown in big gardens and corners as in centre pieces where there is less traffic and activity from public.
Pointed sharp leaves grow on the main stem and surround the plant in circular pattern. This ornamental plant does not require much care and can do away with few waterings. You can also grow this plant as a centre for any rock garden as this plant can grow in hard soil and also does not require much sunlight for …

The Facts of Nature- Dried Pipal Tree

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This tree has been dried since many years but still it stands tall with its own beauty. It seems that during construction phase this tree was faced with very harsh conditions and even cement and sand gravel attack and due to this the healthy tree has become barren but now there is small hope of life seen. This tree is of Pipal and since this tree has borne so many years the roots are now coming to life. I used to pray that it comes back as it looks so aloof with all the greenery and landscaping around it. With small leaves coming out from the trunk there is hope of the tree coming to life and also a way of nature to show that come what may whatever has to come to life will come and this is a lesson for me to stop struggling to make plants grow, if they are destined they do grow without much care and if they are not however much I try they pass away. This is Life!

The Date Palm- Sweet Date Fruit Tree

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There are many varieties in palm and with the most common one seen everywhere as an indoor palm we cannot avoid the mention of the most beautiful and sweat fruiting date palm. This date palm can be grown in containers but the fruiting will require extra care and nutrition, just like any other plant grown in containers. And for fruiting it has to pass at least five years. We have these wonderful plants in our society and I was lucky enough to see the sweet fruits of this date palm. The date palm is the easiest growing plant and can grow as a full fledged tree when planted in ground. We can grow the plant with seeds from date and this can be grown in a container. As the plant grows big it is better to shift it in the ground to enjoy the good and healthy fruits. The date palm tree requires less water and grows best in partial sunlight or having sunlight for few hours of the day. Once it is planted it will take care of itself and keep growing. Each layer of leaves come out and as the plant …

Plant Designing and Designer Patterns in Plants

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Planting new plants and maintaining them is just one field of gardening. Trimming and clipping and cutting plants according to designer patterns is one of the latest and upcoming fields in gardening. When we see a plant that is growing naturally and wild it does not look so attractive as when it is trimmed in an attractive and appealing shape. We often see hardens having cut designs of animals, birds and huge dinosaurs and this not only looks attractive but also gives a new dimension to the same plant. Designing plants is one of the important parts of garden landscape designing. In garden designing we plant a group of similar size or coloured plants for an impression. In plant designing we trim and clip plants according to out theme of the garden and here we have a themed garden with the same plants, jut the look is different. Plants like different ferns, garden grass used as dividers, cypress plants, and also many large trees can be clipped and given a direction according to the desire…

Cheap Garden Tools Home Gardening Tools

Gardening tools are very important to keep your garden in place.  While working in the garden for so many years I have come to understand that tools are an very important part of your terrace gardening or in fact in any filed a tool is most important. Just like a surgeon would need efficient and sharp tools for success in surgery so also an gardener can swear upon his working tools. Garden tools do come expensive and since I was not so a serious gardener earlier I have modifications of these tools according to my tastes and budget. To name a few important tools I would not do without are screw driver and paper knife, cloth cutting knife, nails, metal hangers and the list is endless. I do love my screw driver which is very big and tall in size. What does a screw driver do here, in the garden? well most of my digging of soil in large pots is done with this metal equipment. Many people try to purchase heavy and expensive garden equipments and tools but then I have seen these tools lying a…

Terrace Garden Planning

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Since the past many years I have been planting so many different types of plants. Any plant that I have liked since childhood has taken place in my terrace garden. The only problem coming up is that many did not survive with our direct sunlight whereas some have taken over the garden so much that I have begun to wonder why in first place I selected these! The main problem that I have faced over the years is that we have a small terrace garden and it is well understood that not all of nature can be accommodated here. As the positive fact remains that we do have a place under the sun and sky is visible this space has to utilised judiciously for maximum appeal and beauty. We have thought very carefully about the garden design and it has taken years and step by step planning for the end result that is a very attractive, flowering, fragrant feng shui garden. Being an healing and feng shui artist it was sure that I would like to implement all the basic principles of feng shui in our terrace g…

The Peach Coloured Canna Flower

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One of the most beautiful and large flowers come on the canna plant. This plant being grown from tubers grows fast and blooms from each single stem. Each plant produces large dark green leaves which are elongated and grow from a single stem in spiral form.
This canna plants are availble in many colours and the flowers do give a good show when in full bloom. This plant can be grown as borders or in single pots. Usually societies also grow this plant as a major highlight and focus point in the garden design. The flowers look very attractive and open one by one from the stem and because of this the flowers go on for a long time till all the flower buds on the stem have opened and bloomed. each flower dries after opening and then the other flower opens or sometimes they may open in bunches and since the flowers are large in size it makes a good colour statement in your garden.
The plant grows best in small pots as other wise the leaves and foliage keep growing thick which is not good for …

The Thorns on the Aloe Vera Plant and Aloe Vera for Weight Loss

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The aloe vera plant is one of the most useful and low maintenance plants. With thorns on the plant it looks just like any other wild plant growing in the wild dessert. Since this is a cactus covered with thorns the leaves are elongated and grow in bunches. The plant has a fleshy stem which is a modified leaf in from of thorns.

 Aloe vera has many medicinal and herbal properties and is being used in many health care products. Be it face beauty products or herbal supplements for weight loss aloe vera is being grown and used extensively for its medicinal purposes. It can be used as  home remedy for application on burns and scars. It is proved that aloe vera gel can remove and reduce facial and other body scars. Many skin lightening products have a base and important ingredient in aloe vera and there are many herbal companies that grow aloe vera in special farms for mass production.   
I have been having this aloe vera plant since many years handed over by my mother. It had some years back …

The Champa Flower Plant in Container/ Frangipani Flower Plant

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I have added two new members to our family and here they have been planted in big containers for them to bloom and grow happily. The red champa and the yellow - white shaded champa are two new additions. Since I already have the yellow champa plant growing in a big bucket these two plants were also among the wish list for their showy and fragrant flowers. My childhood memories go long back and I remember the fragrance of the yellow-white champa flower. We had this big champa tree in our compound which would be laden with flowers. Each single flower was a beauty in itself. With its fragrance famous world wide this frangipani plant was sure to find a place in my terrace garden.
The red champa flowering plant has also been planted and at present I do not know how many years will go by before I see the blooms, or how the plant will progress, anyway I do wish I get to see the flowers soon. The champa plant has big leaves and its stem is quiet fleshy and thick. This plant stores water in its …

Understanding the Feng Shui Garden

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Feng shui is an art and science of selection of good and proper plants to bring harmony in your garden. In simple terms feng shui means wind and water and if these principles of feng shui are considered before making a terrace garden then it will give you a satisfying and good result. The feeling of being relaxed and refreshed is what you will get from your feng shui garden. Tips for a feng shui garden begin from first considering the map of ba gua and the  five elements and directions. Just like you would feng shui your house so also consider the same principles for your terrace garden. Remember your house is yin and garden is yang so choose your plants carefully and selectively. 1- select red and purple coloured tall plants for south. blue and light greens for the north and yellow and pinks for the south west region of your garden. Darker plants for north and lighter , brighter for south. 2. If there is a drain try to minimise the negative energy here and encourage positive chi in this…

Rare Flowers on Cactus Plant

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The rose flowers have competition. With winters becoming chilly and the morning breeze flowing the cactus is a great break from the other dry and dull plants. At its maximum beauty the cactus plant has bloomed quite well. It is an attractive break from the greens as this colour flowers look very good. 
 The plant though has thorns, and really big ones, which are concealed behind the green foliage of bright green leaves looks at first glance like any other plant. The flowers are peach coloured and new flowers start with tiny buds of yellow colour. Later the flowers develop into peach coloured and mature flowers are bigger in size. Flowers on this flowering cactus grow in bunches and never alone.
With no special care this cactus plant is a welcome addition to any garden. Do take care to avoid close contact with the plant as they have thorns which at first glance are not visible. The thick foliage of green leaves cover the stem and this is nature’s way to protect the plant from pests and a…

Photographs Pictures of Beautiful Sky View the Sky

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Great sky pictures snapped using mobile camera. So easy and quick unlike earlier days when we needed photo reels and cameras for capturing the right moments, now we have mobile cameras which are so handy and I still need to learn to capture the right moment , but still good pictures for an amateur photographer!


















Every photographer will swear that sky is an challenging and quite favourite topic for photographs, and as nature has immense challenging potential the sky is never left by photographers a swell as artists who love to paint sky paintings at different times of the day and night. I love the watch the still night clear sky under a blanket of stars glowing at late nights , the serenity is irreplaceable!


Why I don't Need the Lawn Mover and Tips for Growing Green Grass on Lawns

I do not specifically like lawns and though we have a green grass lawn in our society garden it does look fresh and green form a distance. Green lawns look very attractive in any form and are an important part of any landscape design of a garden. With being able to sit and relax on the fresh grass there is no other form of happiness for a child when they touch feet on the freshly watered grass. With many therapeutic uses of walking on fresh grass along with health benefits grass lawns have come to be well known and an important part of any landscape. People grow grass in any form either as a ground cover or as a corner base for other plants and also on side walks to make an attractive green cover for flowering plants.
I have specifically avoided adding a lawn to our terrace garden as I have learnt that in long term the base will get corroded due to continuous daily watering of the lawn and thus will lead to leakages in the flat below. Anyway lawns look good when they cover a larger a…

Custard Apple Tree in Container

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My experience and knack to grow different plants led me to try different fruit plants in containers. The custard apple fruit being a favorite I had learned that it is also easy growing fruit plant that gives fruits sooner as compared to other fruit plants. After buying a custard apple plant the main problem I have had was about sunlight requirements and feedings for the plant which is growing in a container in my terrace garden. The plant has progressed quiet well over the past month after planting it in a huge container. There have at present been no specific feedings except for the daily watering. I think the plant will give fruits like any other plant after at least five years after planting or if I am lucky it may also flower and fruit earlier. The leaves of the custard apple plant are wide and have dark ridges. The tree in the container looks like a small plant in the beginning but the size of the leaves is okay like a big tree of custard apple. The fruit custard apple can be used …