Showing posts with label Plants and Gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Plants and Gardening. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Cycle of Life: day 33 of #100happydays



A few months back, I had bought marigold flowers by weight before a festival. A couple of days later, the seeds ended up in my pots. Last week, orange flowers graced my balcony. Today, I harvested the first round of seeds from the plant I grew from seeds myself.
Who knows how much longer this circle of life will continue. If sometime in the future,  my balconies will get taken over by grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the plant I now have, their relationships so complicated, nobody can untangle them.
Plants teach us that beauty comes to those who have faith.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Floral Bling- Day 25 of #100happydays



I don’t normally buy flowers, but when I do, I make sure I buy only marigolds. Because once you are done enjoying them, you can take the flowers apart, shake out the seeds, and plant them. If you are lucky, some of them sprout, take root, grow and become plants themselves. And if you are very, very lucky, a few of them even give you a new crop of flowers.
Can anything be more satisfying that seeing the creation of something out of what would normally be thrown away? Can anything look prettier than orange floral bling in your balcony?
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Saffron, white and green make up the colours of the Indian flag- my balcony celebrated Republic Day in its own way!
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Giving a Weed a Home- Day 16 of #100happy days



“Look, Mamma, that looks like something from Harry Potter’s Herbology class”, exclaimed my older one.
When I looked where he was pointing, I had to agree with him. With its droopy sepals nearly hiding the rapidly ripening fruit, the thing did look like something that could be cut up and brewed into a potion.
We spent many minutes examining the fruit and talking about why the plant needs such sharp thorns. They learnt more in those few minutes than they might in a few science classes.
Officially, it’s a weed, but it will always have a home in my garden.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Allamanda blossoms- Day 13 of #100happy days



To me, flowers are not just flowers. Flowers are memories. Powerful memories. Memories that root me to the people who made me who I am.
Not very many people grow allamandas- perhaps the bright yellow colour, and the rather commonplace prettiness makes it not sophisticated enough for most homes. But one look at the flower, and I am once again a three year old held up high by her father, so her nose is level with the flower, and she can smell the lack of scent.
Is it any wonder, therefore, that I have a plant in my kids’ balcony?
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Friday, October 11, 2013

The seeds you sow


About a year back, I advised someone who was contemplating withdrawing from the first marathon he’d registered for, to go for it. “There is no shame in starting and dropping out”, I’d said. “But if you do finish, you will remember that event for the rest of your life”. Today, he thanked me for it on a public forum.
The deeds you do are like seeds. Once they scatter, you don’t know what happens to them. Most fall on barren ground, or are trampled underfoot. But sometimes, some take root and grow. And when that happens, you can feel proud.
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This is the fifth year that I am going to be a part of NaBloWriM. The writing mojo seems to have deserted me, but by elaborating either on a quote that touches my heart, or by attempting to capture a fleeting emotion, let me see how long I last.

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