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Monday, December 31, 2012

Fresh salads and vegetables for a Healthy New Year Gift

Wishing all readers of Garden care Simplified and gardeners of the whole world a Happy gardening new year. Hope you see the fruits of your labour, new rare flowers, healthy ways to grow vegetables and full bounty of delicious fruits in your gardens!
With container gardening on our terrace and trying to grow healthy fruits in containers I have parted with many fruit trees at the end of 2012 to be grown in soil, as it is best for them, missing the delicious red cherries and the small chickoo fruits!. Hope they are happy!
A gift for a healthy new year, change your lifestyle. healthy food, green salads and fresh vegetables and fruits. Pune visit has been very informative and helpful and an new awareness on health and lifestyle.
greentokri, a venture to provide healthy foods , doing their bit for the environment , grow in healthy manner vegetables, fruits and salads, the rare exotic herbs also are available.
health foods are an important part of our life style, as we all know 'we are what we put inside' literally by that i mean food and our eating habits influence our health and life. Eating fresh and healthy foods will not only keep our health in check but also ward off many preventive diseases.  And what better way then to have them delivered at your door steps. This facility is only for Pune city people and we hope to see Mumbai also follows. yes the fruits and vegetables along with salads are grown in healthy manner and very fresh and tasty.Also provided are healthy preparations from these fruits and stored veges and pickles for people staying in foreign countries.
With so many gifting options it is one more way to show you care. You may also avail the many offers to get fresh salads and veges every week at your door step. the gift hamper can be booked and delivered at the  doorstep A gift hamper of fresh vegetables fruits, a gift tokri of good quality tasty fruits or a bouquet of salads!a very good way to gift health and happiness to friends and near and dear ones.
With this positive note beginning the new year with important resolutions, one of them being eat healthy!
Thank You!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Attractive Luring Stops - by Rizwana A Mundewadi

attractive, luring, time energy consuming stops, where most of us are tempted to sit and we lose focus of our goals. In this life time and again we get expected and unexpected halts which take us away from our goals, we try hard but it seems impossible to continue, at such times faith is a strong support system. Believe in the power that exists above us, above all the energies, that which loves us , which has only our betterment.
With our pet missing I am going through such a time where however hard I try cannot focus on art. Still at the end of the day I try to remember my long term goals, try to do at least a bit towards continuing.
Art just does not mean painting, it is much more, the thoughts of works are going on, ideas, the wait,the stored energy which will finally unfold onto the blank canvas that i see daily at each time. Thoughts attachments, lead to energy drain, we do not realise how much energy we spend on thinking of unwanted things, that which we cannot do anything about, that which will heal in its own time. I know friends, pets, plants, attachments all require your time and energy, but let me indulge, let me live, each gets a gift of 24 hours, daily, how we spend it is our look out, spend time with alertness of mind, it will not come back!
If you lose focus, took that outdoor trip, am back refreshed..Take a paper write, observe nature, converse with people, view art online, blog on art, just keep going you will be back on track!
Wishing all a merry christmas and a very happy healthy healing new year ahead, where you make peace with your past and welcome a vibrant bright future.
Thank You!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gardening Simplified Wishes All a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The year 2012, with happy and sad memories, our garden has added many new ones to the family and also lost some, some have left us due to climatic conditions, some have had a natural life span death, whereas some even after drying have sprung up to new life this winter.
Candles of Goodluck Rizwana M

Blessings and Happiness
Happy New Year from Rizwana
Gardening has taught me many lessons of life. the wait, waiting for the new shoots after planting a new plant, waiting for blooms few days, few months, few years and waiting and waiting and the immense happiness after the blooms,each single bloom still gives me immense pleasure, to see how nature unfolds itself , a tiny bub, in to a beautiful bloom.
Patience and perseverance, for all the flowering plants especially anant geraniums which I had to trim and trim to get to see the heavenly fragrant blooms, the amaryllis that bloomed after five years after I abandoned the bulb out of the pot! The fruit trees grown in containers who have have left us, for a better healthy life, found a place in the soil, hope they give plenty of fruits for all.
Alexandrine Parakeet Bird from paradise Heavenly Bird
Pure Self less Love , a special prayer for the alexandrine parakeet who has lived with us for so many years and is caught by someone and caged somewhere now.taught me selfless love compassion, I have learned to understand nature and each plant communicates in a different manner, but they do if you observe, Birds who I feed and care for daily, even after they mess up with my blooms and nearly killed so many of my plants!they have taught me an very important lesson, grow, choose plants according to your environment and not what you like, if you wish to see them alive!

If you wish to see the greenery you need to spend, gardening is not just time consuming but also requires finance for maintaining a green patch. I now understand why we see so many empty pots lying outside homes, those of you who have given up, do spend a few, to maintain the greenery along doing your bit for the environment.Planting a simple easy growing plant if you cannot give time will serve the purpose.
Nature unfold itself into new mysteries, the sky, the birds, the welcome guests and the unwelcome ones, butterflies, snails, doves , owls, bats,eagles and hawks along with the beautiful kingfishers, hope I get a new high resolution camera this year to capture more such ecstatic moments in nature.
Resolutions new year 2013..
Garden design and landscape is among the wish list this year.I will pay more attention to garden  design along with keeping in mind feng shui principles. I will strive to search for information and plant many new rare plants. I will try to visit more plant exhibitions, discover new plant nurseries and share genuine information on plants as possible with garden care simplified readers. I will not spend over board on plants and keep a budget. I will get less emotionally attached with birds and nature, its very hard to let go, and live more among humans!
I ask forgiveness from the universe, while on this gardening journey knowingly, unknowingly I may have hurt many plants, I may have killed them while transplanting, watering, the sunlight, even after struggling with plant pests,  and also may not have been able to do justice with their individual requirements.  
Full Moon from Our Terrace garden
Observing the dark sky, stars, studying about them their names, their influences,  with the full moon doing my bit for nature,Wishing from Garden Care Simplified, I thank all readers of my posts, those who brush up for plant information, those who love to see flowers pictures, and also those who are genuinely searching for tips for their plants, a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year ahead, happy gardening, happy planting, and hope we see many many new gardeners join, this new year.
Champa frangipani Flower Close Up
 Hope to paint more of nature colors on my canvases. as nature has tons of inspiration ideas unlimited.,
Adenium Good luck Plant
remember like food is for body,  flowers are for if you have that idle pot lying around do plant a simple easy growing plant, no harm in spending a few bucks!you will get loads of positive feng shui energy in return around your home and heaven luck on your side.
I will try to be a better individual, human being and healing artist and continue making healing art.
Mrs Rizwana A.Mundewadi Healing Artist Raz
Hope this year fulfills all your justified wishes and nature blesses you with its choicest fruits. All the Best for all your new ventures, work hard, there is no replacement for hard sincere effort, for all the rest there is feng shui.

Check out for more heartfelt on gardening,

Take Care and God Bless from Rizwana! 

Thank You for coming by Garden Care Simplified!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snow Daisy Bush- New Small White Flowering Plant

Single Red Rose Flower
Roses Roses Roses everywhere, it is that time of the year where everywhere there is dull dry barren , but the garden boasts of colorful roses, fragrant colorful , small , large, deep colors, pale colors, in groups and singles, yes all the rose bushes are fully loaded with plenty of blooms. We have added two more bushes to the family of roses, though of similar color but the blooms are really worth growing..
Beautiful Rose flower in Garden

Pink Roses on Bush
 This beautiful rose bush having peach colored flowers, and the pink, yellow and orange, with this we have added a new plant with white flowers. the plant looks different and very attractive with tiny blooms on the whole stem..
Peach Color Rose Flower on Plant

Snow daisy Bush, white flowering plant
 I think this is the snow daisy bush which has more blooms than leaves. The growing habit will have to be monitored as this show may be during winter, it has got a good place with indirect sunlight, and regular watering along with other plants of the family. There are very few leaves on the plant and the flowers though very tiny growing in bunches give the plant a snow appearance.

Tiny White flowers growing in Bunches
 Surfing the net fell upon the Elder tree, with white flowers growing in bunches, with its myths and folk lores the elder tree is supposed to be haunted with witches or spirits. It has been believed that the tree is blessed with spirits that when respected, bring good luck and prosperity to the home. I do understand that each plant has its own spirit, and each is connected to other to complete the whole.As a plant dies the barren area loses its energy, which needs to be replaced with new ones if you wish to balance the energy of the garden. I have observed that sometimes a new plant when added does not feel right for the container, and needs shifting, whereas an old plant when kept in a certain place does not feel right, plants do communicate where they feel good by their growth in a few days. The aura of each plant is different, especially the Chinese evergreen, has a great wide aura and needs more space.whereas the spider lily though having long elongated leaves fits in a small place.
Pet Alexandrine Parakeet
Meanwhile she is still missing, My son stroking the parakeet, only he was allowed this privilege  the last day we saw her ,...waiting upon God for a is never the same without her...
All the Best!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Double Tagar Tabernaemontana Valeriana Shrub White Flowers

Gladiolus bulbs sprouting

Winter, when all plants take rest, we have added a few new ones to our family. With tagar one of them , a beautiful medicinal plant with white fragrant flowers. The gladiolus bulbs after taking rest this year, we did not get blooms the whole year, are now sprouting with new life. Hoping to see some red burst in the garden this new year.

double tagar is a shrub growing with dark green leaves. The plant looks almost similar to anant or geraniums.
The flowers are a pure white, just like white roses. The tagar plant has lots of medicinal uses one of them being sedative. The beautiful white heavenly blooms covering the green plant look very attractive in this winter climate.

Double tagar white flowers

medicinal white fragrant tagar flowers 

Tagar variegated
 Another variety of tagar, variegated, with white blooms used in temples for pujas and offering to God in India. A flowering shrub growing with plenty of white blooms. This tagar plant has greyish green leaves with white petalled flowers.
Valeriana tagar
 Flowering tips for tagar- As a shrub the plant grows in all directions and need regular trimming to maintain its shape. the tagar plant is very easy to grow and requires very little care.
Tagra \tagar plant grows well in indirect sunlight and gives plenty of blooms through out the year.
good porous soil required, avoid growing in full sunlight.
After the flowering session it is advisable to trim the plant for good regrowth and flowering.
Thank you!

Missing Alexandrine Parakeet Mitthin Photographs

Alexandrine parakeet mitthin
 still missing ,the whole world has taken to their routine...of all the homes she used to visit, children with whom she played , leaving and forgetting to eat, of all the windows where she rested, from the 24th of November, 2012 when she last visited us in the morning...
Pet parakeet thinking

curious parakeet 

after the bath parakeet

resting time parakeet

enjoying the trip parakeet 

working with me mitthin
enjoying the garden alexandrine parakeet 

super happy mitthin parakeet

enjoying the nap parakeet
Except for prayers I do not have any other way, people do laugh away at the thought of finding her, a bird who is left free, after the sticking of pamphlets, and enquiring in the next buildings, I have no way left, searching, waiting alone...Is it my mistake to keep her free, no cage, to enjoy her life and still care for her..
Karma is at work, may be she is helpless, I am help less, but nature is not helpless, God never fails them who leave their trust in him, The universe has its own laws which though may take time but is something to be afraid of, if you love something the whole universe conspires for you to get it, closing off with this faith, a small little hope...

Friday, December 7, 2012

Vibrant Chinese Rose Plant Growing Tips and Suggestions

Chinese Rose Plants Vibrant Pink Color Flowers
 Chinese Rose a colorful vibrant flowering plant, an easy growing plant that gives you bounty full of blooms. The plant looks very delicate with lanky stems hanging from the container but the booms are really worth growing  this Chinese rose plant. With winters the garden needs some vibrant color to bring life,and this Chinese rose plant is just the right one. The Chinese rose, as it is called , I do not know the symbolic significance of the term, but it may be miniature plant with good blooms, miniature roses, as in bonsai.
Pink color Flowers Plant Tips and Suggestions
The Chinese rose plants are available in many colors and in shaded variety also. Pink, dark pink, majenta, yellow, peach , off white and shading variety. the most tough variety is the vibrant pink colored one. The blooms only begin to open when they receive sunlight and close early evening , depending upon the sunlight received. So if the plant does not get good sunlight then the blooms will be weak and small, not healthy.
Chinese Rose growing Tips and suggestions- The Chinese Rose plant has thin lanky stems that fall over the containers and the end of the stems has tiny buds that bloom into lovely flowers. An easy way to grow this beautiful flowering plant is but cutting the stems and transplanting them aside of the original plant in container. Each stem grows into a new plant as this branches out. Select healthy stems for transplanting as thin stems dry out and do too produce roots. The Chinese rose plant is tough and even when the stems fall from the plants they live for many days if they are receiving water, this we have experience as during winters the garden friends , pigeons, pluck out these plants, and our pot had gone almost barren few days back, but the plant is back in form with new growth!.
For best results grow in open wide mouthed containers as the plant makes a great show!
Thank You!

Mogra Plant Dried , How to Take Care of Mogra Plant in Winter

Dried Mogra Plant Winter Care
 Winter has set in and with all plants shedding leaves the garden is looking a tad dull and boring.The mogra plant almost died, so it looked with all leaves curling and dropping one by one, leaving behind a dried stub!
Hawk in the next garden
 Some excitement in the garden, the neighbors garden had an unexpected visitor, the hawk, rarely seen here,as we are used to having eagles, bats and owls! not to mention our bird friends, the crow, sparrow, mynas, pigeons, egrets, king fishers, bulbul, humming bird, and the many rare ones which I do not know names of, which reminds me our parakeet is still missing...the blood red eyes is only what I remember of the hawk, piercing eyes, grey feathers with a yellowish beak... and he sure meant business, to catch some bird!
Hawk in the Neighboring Garden
 With winters many plants are drying and shedding, a normal growth trend in their life, especially for the tough mogra plants which have been with us for many years. The afternoon sunlight in the winter season has brought about the growtt spurt and new growth is seen in the mogra plants.
Winter Growth in Mogra Plant
 A welcoming growth this is truly the symbol of hope, especially when many people think the mogra has died..
New Growth in Mogra Plant

Healthy Mogra Flowering Plant
Over few days the plant is full with fresh lime green leaves , the effect of feeding will be seen now, as I had done this before winter sets in. and hope to see some great show of fragrant flowers soon!
Fresh leaves on Mogra Plant
a simple tip for flowering in mogra plant is to add used tea leaves. the correct procedure to add tea leaves is after the tea is boiled use the remaining used tea leaves for your flowering plants. Usually tea is prepared after adding milk and this is not so very good for the plants, as I have had ants feasting on my plants! wash the tea leaves thoroughly and then spread the leaves over the soil, very good fertilizer for all flowering plants growing in sunlight or containers. The reason is the milk and tea leaves when kept for long time wet over the soil get attacked by fungus and red ants, who will destroy your plant leave aside fertilize it!
Thank You and All the Best!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Power of Pink Color of Love Feng Shui Where to Plant Pink Flowering Plants in the Garden

The pink sky , a new day after dawn, so many hopes so many expectations, a new day is a 'present' from God, how we use it is all up to us! a tiny hope , still our pet parakeet is missing, praying for her safe continues...
Pink Sky Color of Love by Rizwana Mundewadi
Alexandrine parakeet angry
Power of pink, am so much influenced by the power of the rose quartz that I am seriously feeling the power of pink, the color of love and happiness. Your garden having pink colored flowers brings peace love and happiness to the viewers. Pink has been my favorite color and selecting pink flowering plants for garden over the years we have seen pink in many shades and hues. Nature has so many different shades and hues that no two pink flowers look the same.each is different unique. 
Pink Flowers of Adenium Good Luck Plant By Rizwana
 Adenium plant , the good luck plant ,very easy to grow, has beautiful pink flowers and even in winters when the garden looks a bit barren this plant is loaded with lovely pink blooms, refreshing shade of color of love happiness, pink.

Kaner Plant Pink Flowers by Rizwana
 The Kaner, a tough plant that tolerates direct sunlight is also at its best with pink blooms against the backdrop of the blue sky.

Single Pink Zinnia flower by Rizwana Mundewadi
 Zinnias come in many colors and this beautiful pink zinnia steals the show by deep pink color flowers.
Flower of Love Pink Rose Flower by Rizwana
 Roses, fragrant , bushes, plants and climbers, we have many rose plants, pink shaded deep pink light pink and many varieties of rose bushes, the ones without thorns are the best.
Deep Pink Flower of Cardinal Climber
Shaded Pink Rose Flower by Rizwana

Pink petunia Flower Close Up by Rizwana
 Winters look best with another flowering easy growing seasonal plants petunias, yes they are the showy flowers you see in nurseries now and they grow till the rainy season. Pink, red, blue, purple, orange, yellow, white and also many shaded varieties and the blooms are quite big so petunias immediately draw your attention.
Baby Soft Pink Rose of Love by Rizwana

Ixora Pink color Flowers in Bunch
 Ixora plants are also loaded with bunches of lovely pink flowers , now in this winter season,a s they get afternoon sunlight.
Soft Pink petunias by rizwana Feng Shui South West 
Pink is symbolic of love and happiness and has been used since ages as color symbolism in paintings and home decor. A pink Garden attracts lots of love and harmony. Color pink is not only soothing to our senses but also helps us to relax and feel at ease when we observe and smell pink color flowers.
South West is the area where you must plant pink flowering plants according to feng shui principles, for best results and attract positive energy into your garden. The right placement of plants according to feng shui will attract happiness love and good luck. This helps in improving existing relationships and attracting new good ones. If you wish to attract love luck / marital luck, for the singles , planting pink flowering plants int eh south west section of the home or garden helps to improve the energy here. For married people this helps to stabilize relationships and spreads power of love in your family.
Enjoy, experience the power of pink, spread happiness and love!
Pink heart of Love
Thank you!

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