Pardon me for Boasting


For me it was a moment of pride. One fine morning I went to the terrace, plucked courage, ignored the feeling of loss, and pulled out the flower. Oh,, It was a sweet and sour moment , to hold it in the hand and smell the fresh flower. A unique feeling, in contrast to the strong smell of store bought ones .There was one added benefit too, There were no small green worms nestling anywhere. Thanks to chilli garlic sprays, neem sprays, and Panchagavya. The color too was white. The curd was well formed, but not too packed.
The usual routine of taking picture of the flower, showing off to family, Ooh.. aahaa.. and all that followed.

I was also mentally marking the rest of the flowers to my relatives. . The best was yet to come. Cooking the flower, in a simple way and eating it was the biggest satisfaction of all. I know I am gushing, but it is true, the taste was simply heavenly.. better that what I had tasted in Rajasthan, and Darjeeling.. .

I silently thanked the Public garden staff, and make a note to visit them often for more plants.

And after a few days, I shared the flower with my relatives and wow, I gave them a pleasant surprise. Another friend was kind of take by surprise when I showed off.

So it was all worth it. And that is why it is the The world’s best Cauliflower.

About gardenerat60

As you guessed, I am a retired executive, looking for hobbies. Stumbled into gardening after reading blogs. Always wanted to use eco-friendly items in daily life. So, there was no heistation in deciding to put the vast terrace balcony to use for organic garden.
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17 Responses to Pardon me for Boasting

  1. Jeanne says:

    That cauliflower is definitely something to boast about, Pattu!

  2. Usha says:

    Hi Pattu, I loved to read about your home grown is special and perfectly ok to express joy with pride…Nice narration.

    Did you visit my blog and left message on flower arrangement post? If it was you then you did not leave your blog name..I googled “pattu garden blog” and landed here..I guess I am at the right place and if I reached to other blog then please pardon me but I am so glad to land here..would love to read through your gardening adventures…let me know if I reached to the right Pattu who has garden blog.? 🙂

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Yes 🙂
      I did leave my blog name, but some confusion and it did not appear it seems.
      I loved your flower arrangements , and the aesthetic appeal. You are one good artist .
      I am glad you responded so soon.


  3. Amitabh says:

    Organic terrace garden is a cool thing to do. So go ahead and boast. What dish did you cook?

  4. Chandramouli says:

    What can be more tastier than homegrown veggies! YAY! Enjoy!

  5. Chandramouli says:

    What can be more tastier than homegrown veggies! YAY! Enjoy.

  6. ~G says:

    this deserves all the boasting and more. 🙂 Good work with the garden. I was showing my Mom what all people can start doing at 60 and she loved your blog.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      thanks G..To get appreciated by one’s peers gives a lot of pep.. eve at 60+:-)

      I am so overdue with posts. I keep writing in my mind , and have no time to put it on the blog..

      Keep visiting.

  7. sundeep says:

    Yes, home grown vegetables always taste good. I too need to start growing cabbage and cauliflower after seeing your flower. One of the CSA training attendees.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Sundeep. Google about companion plants. An amazing list will unfold.
      About the training , I am thinking of a separate post. I am collecting my thoughts. Right now I am a little biased 🙂

  8. arati says:

    wow! very nice, i have not see n cauliflowers home grown before. looks wonderful! did you grow it in a pot or on the ground?

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks. I liked your grandmother’s garden . I tried commenting there, but some tech. problem.
      Let me say that I liked the garden very much. Birds of Paradise fascinated me.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      As I had replied already through your mail, the Cauliflowers were grown in pots. Though I grumble about our state run Public Gardens,their seedlings are good. The saplings were bought from there and most of them gave good yield. Only the pests were bothering. I have a few for this year too.

  9. Neha says:

    HI Pattu !

    You blog is very informative and very inspiring for a starter like me. I am interested in making my own garden in the area left near my house, in that prospect, i started the search to start the work to be done before putting the seeds. Since i have no knowledge about it i browsed alot and found no blog writing about basics of gardening [ until i stumbled on our blog and got stuck here]

    Blog is informative as i didnt know public garden will give away plants and other information about societies and all. Thank you for the spreading knowledge selflessly.

    Yes, hyd has very less gardeners, or are they shy to speak about it, may be.. but i would like to keep in touch with you. and follow you blog as when anyting new comes up. Right now let me read each and every post.

    It has been a dream to set up garden n grow plants..i wish to fulfill it.

    Keep blogging !! Its a awesome read !!

    Thanks alot again 🙂

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Welcome to my blog Neha! And thanks for those kind words.

      I was a novice gardener too. I never imagined that I would start on the terrace. All thanks to Google and Geek gardener’s weblog, I ventured out.
      I am still learning from those young garden lovers. I do not much, but I love to experiment. Some kichdi garden like!

      Yes, Hyderabad is not networked well. And I am in older part of the city and not in Hi tech city side, where lots of young gardeners are pursuing gardening with vigour.

      Do keep in touch . I will share what little I can any info you need. Or we can ask around.

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