Friday, April 20, 2012

Floral and Fertilizer Friday - April 20, 2012

What a busy week it has been! Thank God, it's Friday. I can spend some quality time with my plants over the weekend. My plants are growing well, and resemble good children who require very less monitoring. The plants have new shoots, leaves, and buds; a good sign, indicates that they are regaining their health. Can you believe that the mango tree had an attack of pests, lost most of the flowers, and hence, we will not have a good harvest this season! All the plants under the tree have been affected too. It's sad, isn't it? Well, the pests are under control now, but I wish they can be removed permanently.

The summer is hotter than the previous year. We have shortage of water and electricity. We are desperately waiting for rains. A few places had showers, but we just had a drizzle. That evening sky displayed lightnings and sounded thunders; however, didn't rain as expected. Enjoyed the pleasant evening, and the intoxicating smell of mud after the summer shower. Oh, wish it rains a couple of times; will do wonders to the city and to the plants! Good thing is that Bangalore's trees are filled with loads of colorful flowers. Pretty sight!

All right, join me to celebrate Glenda's Fertilizer Friday and Nik's Floral Friday Photos! This week's story at my terrace garden is that, surprisingly, a Jowar (Sorghum) plant grew, and had grains. I was waiting for the birds to eat the grains, but no one has touched the grains. Ah, the city life and food seems to have spoiled the birds! The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) has a flower stalk that has emerged; loved the tiny flowers.

Sorghum grains

Spider plant flower and buds
The hibiscus plants have been blooming flowers almost every day. They seem to love the summer Sun, and of course, sufficient amount of water. The Purple hibiscus plant, which is the most delicate one, has a few new leaves; hopefully, the plant grows stronger and has flowers. I absolutely love that Purple color. The anthuriums, bleeding hearts, lollipop flowers, and others are as pretty as can be. The Fuchsia (Begonia fusioides) plant has it first buds. I'm excited to see the flower bloom - may be tomorrow!





Fuchsia (Begonia fusioides)
Guess what these are? Oh, they are ripened Yellow peppers! :)


Happy, happy weekend!

Regards,
Asha

16 comments:

  1. I love Hibiscus and those peppers look spicy!

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  2. Wonderful hibiscus! I will pray for rain for you :)

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  3. A delightful post with wonderful photos, Asha!

    Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

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  4. The photographs are breath-taking. The flowers have lovely water droplets on them!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Yes, we all wait for the rain. In fact, the summer arrived early this year, and the clouds are visible in the evenings here too. The Gulmohar is already full of flowers!

    Kindly see my blog at http://www.dreamspaces.blogspot.in , about my grumbling with regards to water shortage.

    Pattu

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  5. Thanks, Darla. Yes, they are spicy! :)

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  6. Thanks, Libby. Was a very cloudy day today; but no rains near our house. Hopefully, it rains in the next few days.

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  7. Nix, thanks for hosting the Floral Fridays; helps meet our gardeners. :)

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  8. Thanks, Pattu! Enjoyed reading your article. Wish more people become conscious about using water judiciously.

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  9. Yes, my plants would benefit too from the rain. The temperatures is roaring day by day and it is expected to react an all time high of 37 degrees starting this week. I am having to water all my plants twice, sometimes thrice a day...

    Great post. Loved the photo of your yellow pepper plant.

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  10. Hi Asha! I hope it will rain at your city soon. I am sure those beautiful plants deserve some pampering once in a while. You have wonderful blooms. Your hibiscus flowers are lovely. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  11. Love the Hibiscus colors Asha! Beautiful shots.

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  12. Thanks, Sri Ranjani. Can you imagine Bangalore ever reaching a temperature of 37 degrees, and no rains? Hopefully, by making rain-water harvesting mandatory, at least the ground water may get recharged in a few years from now.

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  13. Thanks, Stephanie. I'm sure the plants love to be pampered, though they don't immediately reciprocate. Perhaps, they express by growing healthier! Enjoy the week. :)

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  14. Thanks, Sujata. I loved your Amaryllis collection.

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  15. You have some beautiful blooms going there. I especially enjoyed the hibiscus, such bright and beautiful colors.k
    Debbie

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  16. Thanks for stopping by, Debra!

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Asha

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