So, here I am, back to my scheduled routine. My plants sort of survived, well, at least most did. I delegated my precious task of watering the plants to my maid and she kept her promise, and provided for most of the plants. All my saplings survived, some unfortunate flowering plants couldn’t make it to the day. But I am glad I have someone to take care of the plants while I am gone.
My roses have bloomed, so have some wild plants that I smuggled out of my MIL’s garden. It was a fragile little thing and I did not for one second believe it will survive.
Buds are yellow but bloom into white flowers!
For some reasons, all those delicate beings – I have been able to protect and care for. But some wild plants that do moderately well even in rough conditions, I have managed to kill! So I can’t really blame my maid, as she is still a novice in taking care for plants. But I need to train her more, I need a backup, I need someone to have my back!
I felt bad for losing the mommy Strawberry plant for a while. Just this morning, when I repotted the remaining plants, I realise how soggy the soil was. I’m now surprised that even these 4 plants survived the kind of soil atmosphere I subjected them to. Strawberry plants do not like ever wet soil conditions, they prefer properly drained out soil conditions. I have now moved them to pots with 75% coco peat, which will help in draining excess soil and keep the moisture, so I can water them only when needed.
Well, this is an expensive lesson learnt. I had to lose 5 plants before realising my mistake! Hope the other plants are in better place now.
Remember how I was telling just the other day how my Amaryllis plant need only less sunlight and it will bloom? I just happened to visit my friend this afternoon and I witnessed an old battered pot in which the Amaryllis bloomed beautifully, while the rest of the plant has withered! Somehow, someone just let the plant die and it is blooming so beautifully, while I am stressing my back off and the plant wouldn’t budge. Nature is just mysterious!!
Of the first batch of seeds that I sowed, the greens are growing well, so are the two Bitter gourd saplings and the Snake gourd saplings (Both are showing signs of emerging tendrils, one of them even got hold of the nearby Broad bean plant!), Radishes are coming along well. I see some signs of growth in the Beet grow bag as well as in the Chilly bag and the Egg plant bag (Brinjal), although I am not sure if they are indeed the seeds that I sowed in the first place! I will update as to what comes of it.
A weed is a plant whose virtues have not been discovered – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Stonebreaker plant (Tamil: Keelanelli, which is a medicinal plant that helps recover from Hepatitis B, a plant that has been used widespread in our state for its use) is spread out in my garden, occupying every little space that it can, almost like a weed. But I am not sure I want to remove them anyway! But I do remove old plants every now and then.
It was a beautiful morning and I sat up in the terrace for almost 4 hours to fix up my grow bags with soil mix (soil, compost, goat manure, cow manure, coco peat mix) and even transplanted all my okra (ladies finger), snake gourd and bitter gourd saplings into individual bags!
So far, 4 of my Strawberry plants have died, some of my heat-tolerant plants are not looking too healthy, I had to move my 2 year old Mango plant under the shades of the Ixora plant, as the leaves withered away. With all this happening, I had to urgently do something about it. My dear hubby suggests bringing up the shade net on some part of the terrace, so I can place some of those not-so heat tolerant plants under the net. Chennai has not even become a hot place yet! I can’t imagine how the plants will survive!
I did not realise this until yesterday, the Amaryllis plants blooms in the perfect season, only provided it gets only the right amount of sun. My Amaryllis plant has been receiving all day sun and fertilisers every single time I use on the other plants. I have only ever seen it bloom once in its lifetime, whereas these plants next door get only about 2 hours sun a day. They bloom exactly on season! Every.Single.Time.
The flowers on time!
I just moved my pot. Hopefully, I have done it right this time.
This curry leaf plant hit a very long dormancy period, only because I put it in the direct sunlight area. Although it received only about 3 hours sunlight, the plant still wouldn’t budge, wouldn’t grow. I moved it to a more shady place under the Sappodilla (Chikoo / Sapota) plant and after one whole month of waiting, there is new growth!