Some heartbreak and a lesson for the amateur gardener

Hello friends,

Welcome back to my colourful world at The Vibgyor Chronicles.

It’s been about ten days since I last wrote, but to be honest, I wasn’t feeling very colourful lately. I had ordered flower seeds online, and there was a set of multi-coloured Periwinkle seeds among them. Now you all know I have two Periwinkle plants and nurture a special soft spot for them (why shouldn’t I, they are such beauties after all). I will share their pictures in a separate post someday. Anyway, so I bought seeds and started dreaming of a riot of colours in my balconies. I have found that I do that a lot, and that seems to be cause of half my heartburn.

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Happy Independence day!!!!!

Hello and a very very happy Independence day to all Indians in every corner of the world!

India celebrates its 69th Independence day today and I couldn’t be more excited! I have always been a bit sentimental towards the nation, and Independence and Republic day celebrations bring it out to the fore. However, I will not preach or go into any reflections about what is the true meaning of our Independence and how we can do our bit towards the nation etc. because I’m sure there is no dearth of such gyaan on social media platforms. Our Deshbhakti (Patriotism) often comes out in the form of lectures and strictures, two days in a year ๐Ÿ˜›

I do want to do something different for Independence day though, and hence today’s post will not contain any gardening gyaan. I want to share one of my dearest hobbies with you – painting. Since I was a child I loved to sketch and paint, but because of more pressing demands on my time I had to let it take a backseat. However, I am determined to pick it up again and remain faithful this time ๐Ÿ™‚

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My First Terrarium

Hello friends, hope you all had a great weekend!

Delhi experienced torrential rains on Friday and Saturday and it was fun to see the constant cloud cover finally giving us some rain. The weekend was lovely and I would have appreciated it if Monday never came. Nevertheless, one has to live with these things.

Today, I will talk about a project that is close to my heart โ€“ my first terrarium. A terrarium is a small ecosystem in itself and is, ideally, self-sustained. There are two kinds of terrariums โ€“ closed and open. Closed terrariums are sealed and are ideal for moisture loving plants such as ferns, moss etc. Open terrariums are better for desert or drought-hardy plants such as cacti and succulents. I decided to try an open terrarium as I had a couple of succulents at hand.

I was reluctant to attempt a terrarium because the approach to handling them is different from that of regular plants. It meant my accepting the possibility that some plants might die. After some deliberation, I decided to give it a try. I made some mistakes, but that is how you learn, is it not?

I’m sharing the process for making a terrarium, step by step.

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The Essential Supplies for Gardening

Hello friends and welcome back!

Every hobby needs some basic supplies and gardening is no different. In this post I will list out some items which are, in my opinion, essential for you to start and tend to your own garden on a regular basis. When I say essential, I mean for those of us who like to get our hands dirty (literally) doing the digging and planting and sowing on our own. Before we delve into the list, remember the most important point โ€“ always understand your plants and their needs; everything else revolves around that.

So, letโ€™s get started!

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The Bougainvilleas teach me a lesson

Hello again!

The joy of a bloom, the frustration of no blooms despite all efforts and the feeling of pride associated with seeing a struggling plant stand up on its own are familiar to those who have dipped their toes in gardening.

On that note, I’m going to write about my struggle with my bougainvilleas.ย I love bougainvilleas and they are an important backdrop for several childhood memories. Bougainvillea, if given the right environment, flowers profusely and grows almost like a weed. It can be trained to behave as a creeper, to cover arches and walls and railings and fences, since it has tender shoots when young and can be easily bent to give support to climb a structure. It’s a popular choice because itโ€™s low maintenance and is available in many colours. In India we can see them in pink, red, orange, yellow and white. There are other colours such as blue and purple as well, but I don’t think they are found in India.

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