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Practical Advice to Buy Healthy Petunia Flowering Plant

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Winter has begun and with this are some flowering plants coming to life. We can see colours everywhere as the sun is setting as we visit the local plant nursery for buying few new plants to add to our family.
 The petunia plants have been flowering like wild and we can see colours everywhere. A petunia being the most easiest growing flowering plant grows with blooms in bunches. You will get so many flowers that like me even you will become addicted to the plant of petunia and every year wish to plant the petunias for their attractive blooms. We have planted every year so many colours and this does give a new energy and freshness to any garden.
Petunias are available in many colours and we see pink, yellow, purple, red, maroon, white, dark red, orange and also many petunias that are of shaded variety giving two coloured flowers.
How to buy Petunia Plant? A healthy petunia plant is a must for getting successful blooms. I do remember that we had a sick plant that had shriveled leaves an…

Garden Fences for Attractive Garden Design and Protection

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Garden fences have been used in many gardens for protection from animals and also to keep some privacy from outside people. Fences are made of different materials and you can select any material depending upon your garden design requirements and budget for garden fence. For front door entrance gardens it is advisable to keep the garden fencing low so as to keep the view towards the entrance free from any blocks. A small garden fence made of bricks or wire mesh can be used for the front house garden to keep the plants organised and also avoid soil from spilling everywhere during watering. A garden fence is very important not only for protection and privacy from neighbors but also an very important part of your garden design. How a garden fence is utilised will affect the overall appearance and presentation of your garden.   Sometimes plants also need fencing to protect them from birds and animals. This is one of the many reasons and an important one for my losing many beautiful attract…

Seeds and Seed Pods of Cyprus Vine and Vishnukanta Climber

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The climate dropping to cooler temperatures there are many plants that go in dormant state. This year has been very good in terms of seeds and I have collected Cyprus vine, blue bell flower vine and also day lilies seeds in plenty. With bulbs becoming slack and the cold temperatures with dry winds I am hoping to get a bloom with my Amaryllis. The Brahma Kamal plant too looks fresh but is not growing like wild which I want it to. 
This is the fastest growing Vishnukanta climber which can grow quite tall within fifteen days of planting if it gets the right conditions. Grow the blue flowering climber with a strong vine or cord near it for support and the climber will grow very fast.  
One can let the seed pods of blue flower climber to dry on the vine itself but there is tendency for the pods to open and spread the seeds by wind. Hence I take care to cut the pods some when they are dry and some when they are green but care has to be taken to check whether the seeds have developed into …

Curry Leaves Plant/ Kadi Patta Plant Herb

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Curry leaves as well all know is a herb profusely used in many Indian dishes and has a distinct flavour. The dal tadka is incomplete without curry leaves splattered in oil and its aroma will linger around the whole house. Many people have curry leaves plant as this is a simple plant and very easy to grow. You can also grow it with cuttings of thick stems of a curry leaves plant.
Since the curry leaves plant does not require direct sunlight it can be grown in a partially shaded area or a kitchen window sill. I have not been so successful in growing a bigger curry leaves plant. And I have seen this curry leaves plant grow into a huge tree when planted in ground. My first experience with the curry plant was few years back when I had this strong desire to make a herb garden. With planting pudhina leaves that is mint leaves to chillies I had tried to plant in a section of my terrace garden. Also came up the though of planting a lemon plant which still grows but I have to wait for the lemon…

Tips to Club your Terrace Garden Plants

With the obsession of plants I have nearly too many ones and now the space crunch has led to another discovery, the clubbing of plants. Terrace garden space may be limited and the number of containers that you can have is also limited but this does not mean you have to limit yourself from owning the vast universe of plants. There are so many out there who call out to you and you bring them home! Working toward some simple tips and suggestions for clubbing your terrace garden plants will not only give you a neat and attractive terrace garden but also an opportunity to bring in many many more plants under the sky. So you can have n number of plants within the limited space on your terrace garden and with limited number of plant containers. This is the trick in landscaping , to have a group of plants together for the bets visual impact. Arranging your terrace garden plants is a trick and skill for best appearance of your garden. With the limited space on your terrace you can think of havin…

Beautiful Flowers on Cactus Plant

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Cactus as well all know are not loved by many and also not seen except for the cactus lovers' homes! yes there are a few people who are crazy about different types of cactus and they have a garden full of different cactuses! Each cactus plant is unique and they also go through different stages in their life as other palnts. Some have red flwoers, some pink whereas some beautiful shaded ones. Some cactuses flower once a year whereas some develop flowers once in life time while some flower under special conditions only.
We are very lucky to have this beautiful flowering cactus plant that has fresh deep green leaves and at first glance it does not look like a cactus plant at all. It is only when you observe closely behind the green foliage that you see the stem coverd with thorns. These thorns are very sharp and thick and one has to take extra care to protect yourself from the sting of these thorns.

The flowers on this cactus plant come up usually many times and in fact it is seen as a…

The Sleeping Leaves of Gulmohar Tree Flame of the Forest

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This is a major breakthrough in terrace container gardening. Many people are still awe struck by the sight of gulmohar blooming on a terrace and that too in a container. With each compliment I just can't help myself but be proud like a proud mom seeing a baby at its best! touch wood!
 The gulmohar having blossomed in May 2011 for the first time since the past five years and with each phase the leaves become yellow and drop. Then come out fresh lime green coloured leaves and the plant grows one step at a time. I have been observing the guilmohar plant closely and after talking, cajoling and of course spanking it had bloomed last May.
The gulmohar leaves start curling and closing as evening sets in. Every day as the sun begins to set so do the leaves go in nocturnal mode. You can actually see the leaves closing together and sleeping. Then as morning approaches they again open as if they are waking up. This is a great site as you can see and feel that they are alive and this gives us…

2 Easy Growing Purple Flowering Plants

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Among the easy growing and low maintenance plants we have two very famous and easily available plants. Are these geraniums? We have a plant that has peach red coloured flowers growing in bunches and geraniums are available in many colours. I wonder whether this is also a geranium having liliac flowers. These flowers grow in bunches and look fresh for many days and as the number of flowers is more you see the plant as always full of blooms. They require the normal fertilizer as for any flowering plant 

Purple Coloured Flower
This morning glory plant having bell or trumpet shaped lavender flowers grow sometimes as climbers or if trimmed as bush. The only maintenance they require is trimming if the plant grows randomly. This lavender coloured flowering plant grows well covering trellises with beautiful purple flowers and also looks good as sideways in the garden. You can trim this plant in any shape according to your requirements of space filling. These purple flowers have yellow cente…

Under The Open Sky- Moods in Sky

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Welcome your new day with so much promise, new beginnings, new hopes and lots lots of achievements. Let your day unfold with a new start, start early and rise before the sun. This habit will make you face your day with energy and enthusiasm. 'Today' I am prepared for you!
Terrace Garden care is a wonderful way to begin your day, you can observe the different moods of the sky and my blog has started creating ripples as many people are recognising the benefits of terrace flats, soon there will be many who will join the team of dedicated terrace gardeners, I have done my bit for the preserving nature, you do yours! plant a plant today.

Start a Shade Garden of Your Dreams

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When you think of a garden you think sunlight, open spaces and lawns! well I would like to present a new and very promisisng concept of shade gardening. Many housing socities are now offering new terrace flats and also duplex flats with kitchen garden space for plant lovers. If you are lucky enough to have a terrace flat then there are no limits that you can achieve with even a small open space.
If your terrace garden does not get enough sunlight or you have covered it with a shade for protection from harsh light, or even when your home is partially blocked by tall towers and your terrace does not get enough sunlight for the day, do no let this as a hindrance in growing beautiful plants here.
With so many varieties of plants available and even the flowering ones that bloom in partial light there is umpteen scope for a beautiful shade garden. A shade garden does not necessarily mean that it has to be fully covered and you can have shades that can be partially opened or closed according …

How to Increase Life of Terrace Garden Pots/ Care of Terrace Garden Pots

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Every year during rains the garden looks fresh and green with all plants washed thoroughly  and fresh new growth every where all the pots are filled with many unexpected new growths that are of other plants or may have travelled with the wind.  But the  rains  are harmful for your mud planters. Many pots have been lost due to this problem as the mud pots become weak due to fungus and moss growth and they crack. For preserving my precious planters I have come up with a unique solution. Paint them with cheap paints and you have an attractive planter and also your garden looks unique and great  with colorful pots.

 Scrub the pots with sand paper or any rough cloth and remove the dried moss and fungus growing on the pots. This will give you a clean surface to paint and also help to keep your paint brush clean as when you paint the remaining dust and moss will stick to the wet paint brush and make the painting difficult.
 Metallic colours though costlier than other plain colours look very att…

Why the Boston Fern Plant did not Grow? Tips for Growing Fern Plant

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A diamond in the garden! yes this looked really like a diamond, big, shiny, metallic and unique beetle. As the body was hard it even made a noise like a metallic shiny metal pearl. The photograph here does not do great justice and which is time and again making me feel the need for a good definition, high clarity camera for clicking great images.  The most common and the easiest to grow is the fern plant which has been seen since ages in many homes in India. Since the plant requires sunlight also and a humid climate the temperatures here are apt for its easy and abundant growth the fern plant can be grown by anyone without much care. My plant grown in a plastic just gone off hand and I had to distribute it to neighbors and was waiting  for just anyone to pick up the remaining plant. The fern plant is very attractive and now this fern is grown in a circular mud pot and it looks like a bouquet of greens!   A fern plant can be grown as borders in your garden or as individual plants for w…