Welcoming new plant babies!

With all the hustle bustle about the virus, a whole year just whizzed past without a trace. We used up the time to redo our home. So all is not lost. We kept out positivity through the year by working out, sharing movie time and spending the evenings together. How did you guys spend your time?

With the home all set now, my hubby dearest took me on a surprise shopping on account of my birthday. And I surprised myself and got me ton loads of new plant babies home 🙂

From a common succulent to an exotic Hydrangea (I am going to make this work, this time), everything’s got a new home.

New plant babies
New plant babies

Hopeful of all the new experiences, welcoming the new year.

Surprise!!

While I had a family emergency and was away for a few months, I had my ever never flowering Amaryllis bloom!

I have tried placing the plant under all kinds of position and had given up assuming maybe I have a rare kind of Amaryllis that never flower. I had them uprooted the bulbs because the leaves withered away and I gave them one last chance and moved them into a tiny pot since it is going to be only foliage.

The position I put the Amaryllis plant now will get exactly about 1 hour evening sun, the one that wont hurt anyone even if you stand in the heat for 20 minutes straight. That is the exact same position that the Amaryllis plant wants to live in, apparently.

A Parrot and a Story

Cyclone Vardah uprooted three trees in our apartment. This particular tree was almost destroyed too, with its roots almost uprooted, in the verge of falling anytime. The community people decided to uproot it by pulling it out of its place. Since the bulldozers and other machines were busy elsewhere, we could not get the right people to come help our small community. We tore down every branch of the trees that uprooted, clearing up our path.

This tree did not budge with all our strength put together in bringing it down. Although we knew we were in danger of the tree falling off someone’s car or kids while they play, we had to let go because we could not get the equipment at that time.

Before and after

2020 Vs 2016

Just look at the tree standing tall three years later and showing off its splendid colours. Do you spot the parrot sitting on the tree top on one of its branches?

New hopes, New dreams

I have been away for quite a long time. All this while, I tore down my entire terrace garden plants, moved the perennials to a new home, cleared up the space after the vege-plants withered away, went into hibernation for a long time.

When I woke up from hibernation, finally something dawned on me – that I can never grow out of the constant urge of planting something, watching them grow.

While I saved a few plants from my old batch, my pruned banyan tree still survives. In fact, three months ago I removed it from the soil and wrapped it in my old used cloth material and put it in a container and placed it indoors; it is growing wonderfully!

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I have also rescued two more tiny plants, one more banyan and an adenium plant and placed them indoors. These tiny saplings are showing promise of life 🙂

Will be sharing more soon.

A small experiment and an expensive lesson!

Last month, I was away for quite a while, and I instructed my ever trusting maid to water the plants. I specifically instructed her to water the plants everyday at the earliest possible time. After a week, when I came back, a number of plants had died!

I check with her and she says that she has been watering the plants everyday. My curious mind wouldn’t leave it at that. I was furious as well as upset that she did not water the plants and the plants died in Chennai heat!

The next time I went away, I did not want to trust her, but I did not have a choice. Then my plant expert (aka dear mom) suggested I place some sort of a drip system so that the plants get continuous water and they survive the heat. So teamed up with my son, we placed a transparent bag full of water with a few pricks under the bag, so the water can drip out and placed them near the roots of all the plants (It was a time consuming job)

My dear hubby returned a few days ahead of me, saw that some plants got the water and some didn’t (somehow the water refused to drip after a few times, which I couldn’t test before leaving), ended up having some tired plants. But all the plants survived!

This intrigued me more! How can some plants that received water everyday die, while plants that did not even receive water survive? And I realised it a few days later. My maid comes in at around 1, post noon, turns on the water and waters the plants! Now, imagine the heat in Chennai. The water and the pipes get heated up in the sun and the only water you can have the entire afternoon and early evening is the piping hot water from the tanks! The plants should have been burnt due to the heat!

And this is exactly why, I can never trust giving this job that requires endless love on the plants to anyone that is not quite there! An expensive lesson learnt at the cost of a huge number of plants! And my strawberry plant died and my Hydrangea is in its last days.

The last warrior!

So, all but one of my Strawberry plants are down. Some of them have been my mistakes, some due to the placement of the plants in Chennai heat. The last one here is currently surviving the heat. I am not sure how well it will endure 106 F weather. It is only matter of time!

 

More about Hydrangea – my new love!

Did you know that Hydrangea flowers never dry up? Well, at least most never! I have always seen them in bloom, so never really looked them up close. The flowers turn to almost green, so looking at them from a distance, they won’t look exactly like flowers!

Saves you the time to prune old flowers 🙂

PS: My plant is placed where it gets utmost 1 hour of late afternoon sun. I have a good feeling that it likes where it is placed.

Easy plants, easy life!

I may have been wrong about a million times, but when it comes to actually witnessing the outcomes of the right things, it is a treat! Okra (ladies Finger) and Radishes are by far the easiest growing plants in this season. I might have to confirm after actually checking the rest of the seasons. I am sowing the next batch of Radish today, as part of the sowing plan (So I will have Radish harvest every 15 days). Okra has begun showing up in 2 plants, although the plants look tiny!!

 

Radishes are almost ready to be harvested…

 

So a happy day begins! Happy gardening!