Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Back to blogging

Last three months have been stressful. This monsoon saw an unprecedented increase in incidence of Malaria, Dengue and unexplained fever, keeping me too busy with professional obligations. Thankfully, with the advent of healthy season (winters) things are better now and I have time for both myself and blogging. Not much change in the garden except that the winter vegetables are growing. It is the most enjoyable aspect of this season that I get to enjoy homegrown vegetables – infinitely healthier than anything sold in the market. In another significant development, the eucalyptus trees in the garden were cut off by the people from forest department as they posed a threat to the residence. It always pains me to see a tree being cut, and it was even worse to see that happening in my own backyard, but I had little say in the matter. One of the trees was leaning dangerously towards the house and had to be cut. The other was also perceived to pose some threat hence removed. Sometimes seemingly bad things are for good; now, at least, I can sleep in piece during thunderstorms.The stumps are looking unsightly. I am still thinking on as to how to give them a prettier look. Chrysanthemums have started blooming, formally indicating the advent of winters. It is still around 3 months to spring and by all indications there is going to be a very frigid winter before that. Life will mostly be indoors and I will have the posts of all my blogging friends to keep me warm.

28 comments:

Natti said...

Welcome back.
A regular reader

lotusleaf said...

Hi Doc! Welcome back.You can keep some small potted plants on the tree stumps. One of the gardeners here has turned them into seats.

sweetbay said...

Welcome back! Sorry to hear that it's been such a tough and busy monsoon season. I love your wind chimes.

Sarban said...

you can try putting some potted plants with beautiful leaves on the tree stumps and as for your previous insect problems next time try this-disolve 10 grams of detergent or dishwashing soap in 1 liter water and spray it on the insects.as most garden insect pests do not have a chitinous exoskeleton it dissolves their lipid bilayer and kills them.i myself have used it on those white insects that infest hibiscus plants with good results

Vireya said...

I hate to see trees cut down, too. However, Eucalyptus stumps will re-grow. Many shoots will come out from around the cut. If you choose a few and cut off the rest, you will end up with multi-stemmed trees.

Julie said...

Hello! I sure have missed you! Sounds like you have had a rough busy season with all of those diseases running around over there! Sounds absolutely aweful, and I feel for the people who come down with them! Thank God for you and your colleagues.

I love your brick borders, alternating white adn terracotta colors! My brother, SIL and I built a butterfly garden for my Mom years ago and used that same way of laying them...very pretty, I think!

I agree entirely with Sarbans comment above in regard to killing the bugs...that mixture only affects the "bad" bugs...will not harm beneficial ones. I was buying a prepared spray bottle of stuff (labelled "insecticidel soap"), but found that mixing just a tsp. of dishsoap in a quart of water does just as well for aphids, scale, and more. I read that it actually paralizes the bug and they starve to death. Sounds like a grueling death, but I hope they don't feel much...eeek.

Looking forward to your posts during the winter (which is our sicker time here BTW...respiratory and flu ailments mostly). The northerners come to Florida for the winter and bring all their nasty germs with them! Hehehe. Not really funny though...

Take care and hope you can rest some now and get some good gardening fun in too!

Julie

Rajee Sood said...

Hi,
Its lovely to see you back ... and look forward to lots more from your garden.One request ... are you on Face book ... would love to find you there.

TYRA said...

Welcome back! It is always a pleasure to take a "walk" in your garden. Sad to hear about the your tree, it is painful indeed to cut down trees. I always plant at least one new tree each year for the next generation. Thank you for your visit into my garden, it means a lot to me to have you there.

Hugs Tyra

kanak7 said...

Hi GT...it's great to have you blogging again! You were missed!! Your veggie plot looks promising and lovely colours on the mums. Sad about the tree though. maybe you could plant ferns on the crevices...just a suggestion.

Thank you for your comments on my blog. About the nursery visit, I feel exactly the same way when I hear or read about others buying plants!:)

Happy gardening!

Natti said...

Thanks for dropping by. Your garden blog is among many others have inspired me to start writing my own.

Green thumb said...

Natti - Thanks Natti, friends like you keep me motivated for blogging. It is very flattering to know that my blog has been an inspiration for you. That is the beauty of blogdom; we inspire each other to go on...

Lotusleaf - Thanks dear, thats a wonderful idea. I am gonna try it for sure.


Vireya - Yup, in fact I am looking forward to some experimentation when that happens.

Julie - Hi dear, you are a sweet, sensitive, emotional darling. Your words are always like a soothing balm. thanks for being there and for all the beautiful words.


Sarban - Thank you so much for both ideas. As for the bug treatment, the idea is simple and ingenious.

Sweetbay - Thanks for dropping. Glad you noticed the wind chimes. I was scared that it would keep the birds away, thank god nothing of that sort happened.

Rajee sood - Hi Rajee! Yes dear, I am on facebook...would love to have you as a 'friend'...it will add that extra bit of glamour to my friend list:-)

Tyra - thanks for the kind words. I vow to plant a tree for each one i lose, that is a wonderful thing you do.

kanak7 - thanks kanak, for dropping by and for missing me. I too missed you but I had been reading your lovely posts, even if i wasn't able to write my own.

Patsi said...

Welcome back.
Sorry about your hard times.
Can't imanage how difficult it must have been.

Looking forward to you posting again.
Best wishes,Patsi

Cosmos said...

Welcome. I was wondering why you were not blogging.

Ever Green Tree said...

Welcome Back Doc! Both Blogging n Nature have therapeutic effects, Inst it? Glad you can make some time for some relaxation n rejuvenation. The veggie patch sure does look promising. Have a wonderful winter season ahead....

Green thumb said...

Patsi - Thanks! it was much more difficult for those who were suffering from the maladies rather than me. Thankfully the disease rate is much lesser now.

cosmos - feels good to be back when you know that you were being missed, thank you so much for the concern. As I said earlier sometimes life takes over and favorite things take a backseat.

Evergreen tree - Sure they do. both blogging and nature are great de stressors, thankfully i am amidst both now. Thanks for the wishes, my veggie patch needs all of them.

C Karl said...

Nice post, and it's very interesting to see a garden in India. I am blogging from the UK (http://greentree-theoccasionalgardener.blogspot.com/) and my posts are VERY wintry - we have about 6 - 8 inces of snow on the ground today. Wishing you luck with the winter veg.!

Rusty in Miami said...

Welcome back, there is nothing like a garden to relax the mind and soul

radha said...

Welcome back.

Rajee Sood said...

Do find me ... have to say I don't know which name to hunt you by ... doctor ... :) ;)

mikem said...

Don't worry about the stumps! They will soon generate plenty of new growth and look all the better for it. My sympathies for the hard times you are having. mikeM

Sunita said...

What seeds have you sown? Other than palak, I mean?
I'm on a seed-sowing spree too. I love the cooler days of our almost-winters! :)

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