Jul 17, 2013

Too much ... too little - Plant care

I'm growing my plant collection slowly, unfortunately the  '' rules'  are not so straightforward.
Japanese rose, I have to figure
out how to prune this ...

It's not just indoor and low light conditions, I thinks there's wind factor since I'm not on the ground floor and that I do have some sun but from an angle. I'm sort of facing south-west.

Spider Plant

Believe it when I say, I have managed to kill a couple of so called 'hard to kill' plants from either over watering or too much chemical fertiliser (inspite of following instructions). Well I have not gotten the hang of the soil types and am playing by ear. It's been almost a year now, so things are going well for the hardier plants like the money plant, Boston ferns and bamboo palm. 

So I'm making these rules as I go along.... (remember I'm an amateur) 

Rule no 1 : don't always follow instructions on fertilizer package
Rule no 2 : don't be so ambitious ( I'm aiming for a mini forest look in my balcony)
Rule no 3 : don't need to to fiddle with the soil too often .. perhaps once a month and not once a week.
Rule no 4 : weeds are not always a bad sign .. gives you an idea of the quality of the soil
Rule no 5: don't be afraid to trim and prune. [I have this fear I might hurt the plant too much !!  and then it won't bloom further...]
more to come ............

Depending on your environment, plant care is different on some basic levels I believe, but not all.
My curry leaf is really making slow progress along with the lime plant and I'm thinking that's good to do with the amount of sun each is getting. So I'm thinking let's move them around a bit.

I have had little success in growing flowering plants so far eventhough I picked those for low light and easier care, but then bear in mind mine is a tropical climate (mostly heat).
I recently acquired a Bougainvillea and the Peace Lily, let's see how that goes. I placed the former where the afternoon sun would hit it and the other in a slightly less sunlit area.

I'm enjoying my plants and the work that goes with it.

To be continued.............

Jul 11, 2013

Carnation, I think

I took this photo with my hand sticking out over the edge to catch the picture of the flower.

I'm not sure of the name yet, but these are tiny flowers that bloom only in the morning.. it looks like a carnation.. It's really sweet ..  ..

Discovered at last, apparently it's called a Japanese rose.

Jul 5, 2013

My father, my example

This poem reminds me of my father and how he lives  and I am and will be the '' forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again. "

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
            A PSALM OF LIFE
                    SAID TO THE PSALMIST

    TELL me not, in mournful numbers,
        Life is but an empty dream ! —
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,
        And things are not what they seem.

    Life is real !   Life is earnest!
        And the grave is not its goal ;
    Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
        Was not spoken of the soul.

    Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
        Is our destined end or way ;
    But to act, that each to-morrow
        Find us farther than to-day.

    Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
        And our hearts, though stout and brave,
    Still, like muffled drums, are beating
        Funeral marches to the grave.

    In the world's broad field of battle,
        In the bivouac of Life,
    Be not like dumb, driven cattle !
        Be a hero in the strife !

    Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant !
        Let the dead Past bury its dead !
    Act,— act in the living Present !
        Heart within, and God o'erhead !

    Lives of great men all remind us
        We can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave behind us
        Footprints on the sands of time ;

    Footprints, that perhaps another,
        Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
    A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
        Seeing, shall take heart again.

    Let us, then, be up and doing,
        With a heart for any fate ;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
        Learn to labor and to wait.


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