A Year Older, A Year Wiser….

Tomorrow is my birthday, and as usual, my approaching birthday has filled me with a mixture of random thoughts. How difficult must it have been for my mum to be in labour in such intense heat of June. How another year has gone by leaving me as clueless as ever, except maybe the subjects of my cluelessness have changed. How a year older need not mean a year wiser. How I am approaching the scary monster of ’30’ at breakneck speed.
However, not all my thoughts are morose or contemplative. The new year in my life is a fresh chance to introspect and correct mistakes, to set new targets and work towards achieving them, to put an end to some things and begin some others.

A year ago, I started my humble balcony garden with 5 or 6 pots. In a year, the number has gone to 20. I was sceptical, afraid, shy but extremely optimistic about someday creating a space where we could sit and enjoy a cup of chai amid nature. I am not quite there yet, but my journey has been satisfying. I have invested a lot of myself in this space, and I have learnt a lot.

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Garden Photography May: Wild Flowers from the Himalayas

Hello, and welcome back to The Vibgyor Chronicles!

Today’s post is more visual than text. I was browsing around and stumbled upon the Garden Photography Challenge by The Earth Laughs in Flowers. Every month, a new theme for Garden Photography is presented and the theme for the month of May is Wild Flowers. You can visit the May Wildflower posts by the author of the blog, Jude, here.

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3 Tips For Planting Amazeball Window Boxes

Great tips for planting window boxes by the awesomely creative team at Button Jar!

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Window boxes are a great way to pretty up a dull home exterior and add a little extra green to your life.  As I mentioned in my post, Project Curb Appeal, this is the first of several projects Carlo and I are tackling to make the front of our house appear more welcoming.

So, window boxes.  If you are thinking “I don’t have a green thumb,” don’t worry.  I didn’t either.  A few years ago I went to a class at City Planter to learn how to plant window boxes.  The three best tips that they taught me that have made me a successful window box gardener (I’ve determined I’m successful because over the years a few neighbors have said “Hey, your window boxes look really nice.”) are:

1. The deeper the window box, the easier it will be to keep your plants well watered…

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Five Excuses the Beginner Gardener Can Stop Making — Glean For Good

Several misunderstandings prevent an interest or belief from becoming practice in our lives. This post aims to remove the anxiety in starting a new garden. Let’s find some solutions so you can get a peaceful start! Excuse #1- “I’m too busy”. You have 2-3 hours this weekend. Consider a perennial garden. Take a couple hours to shop and plant […]

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Essentials of Gardening 2.0 – How to garden on a budget

Gardening is an expensive hobby. You may grunt in disapproval, or burst out laughing, but I would shush you and move on; for if you think what I said is untrue, you’re a novice. I can finally call others ‘novices’ confidently, having successfully made it through harsh Indian summer and winter and back to skin-burning, plant-dehydrating, life-sucking summer.

So as I was saying, gardening is an expensive hobby. But it need not be so. The reason I started the blog was to help urban gardeners live their gardening dream, and cost effectiveness is a very important factor there. Hence, today I’m here to tell you how to save money while creating your perfect garden.

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Resolutions 2016 Follow up – Saving seeds

April has dawned and most of us have probably forgotten how to correctly spell the word ‘Resolution’ by now. It’s the same pattern every year, but at the cusp of the change of year we all jump on the joyride that is ‘New Year Resolutions’. It gives us a sense of purpose, a sense of hope that the next year will be better than the last. I wish we worked more towards keeping our resolutions. This year I decided to chronicle my gardening resolutions here on my blog so that I have ready access to them and I can measure my performance against them.

You can read about my resolutions and my first steps in this post. I have worked decently well towards each of them, I think. I have grown my own tomato plants from seed, which are now flowering. I have reused some old glasses as tiny terrariums for succulents (see this) and have now painted a spare colander in which I will shortly plant a container garden as soon as I have enough plants. I have brought new plants and bought some seeds to bring in more seasonal variety, more will be done once summers advance upon us in full swing. Each of the above is a separate and long discussion in itself, and today I’m going to talk about seed saving.

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A visit to Mughal Gardens – Do’s and Don’ts

The Mughal Gardens are the gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan – the estate of the President of India. It is not an overstatement to say that the Mughal Gardens are the very best in the country. It is sheer joy to see and experience the bounty of nature so painstakingly and meticulously cultivated and manicured. As is evident by the word “Gardens”; there is more than one. There is the hreb garden, the bonsai garden, the Rose garden and the miscellaneous flowers garden, which has seasonal flowers. The Mughal Gardens open to the public for about a month in spring, usually from February 2nd week to March 2nd week. This year, the Mughal Gardens are open to the public till Sunday, March 20, 2016.

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