Garden after the first rains

I know most of you have already read about everyone’s’ garden blooming after the rains.

So what’s special about mine?

It is special, because, we were so starved for water, the plants were wilting, every day  I was sending silent prayers, searching the sky for rain clouds. Till 17th of June , I had to watch my tomato plants get burnt, wilt and die. My dear Raath ki rani tree, got burnt!

Don’t you agree that the arrival of rains for my garden is special ?

Look at those plants all back to life. The great survivors, brinjals, flowering ,and giving first fruits. My special jasmines; Mangalore Mallige, Juhi, with fragrant flowers. The various Gourd plants that were sown for greening the heaps in Amrit Mitti bags.The new Amrit Mitti heap with small seedlings coming up to green the heap.

The capsicum , the Cauliflower plants that I bought the last week from Public Garden. It is a pleasure to start all over again!

Can you spot the bee!

It is a pleasure to start all over again!

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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70 Responses to Garden after the first rains

  1. Zephyr says:

    Rejoice, rejoice! They all look so lovely and fresh 🙂 Wish I were close by so could have eaten them too 🙂

  2. yes!!! its heart wrenching to see plants burn especially in one’s own garden(however small it be)…..

    so glad ur plants are blooming..still waiting for rains in my city so that even my small terrace garden gets a respite!!

  3. Sia says:

    Wow!! Your plants look so so fresh. I have recently started gardening. I am already excited to see 2 full grown ladies finger 🙂

  4. debajyoti says:

    it is a pleasure to start all over again :). Pattu’s terrace garden looks cool now.

    but what happened to that tomato plant and raat ki raani tree?

    • gardenerat60 says:

      The tree is dead it looks like, Still we are not giving up. Waiting..
      The tomatoes are gone, some new ones have sprung up now, let us see what fruits they bear!

      It rained again today too:-)

  5. Amit Agarwal says:

    All your plants look so fresh and healthy..shows your care and love:)

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Welcome here Amit! And thanks, that you took time off form composing naughty verses:-)

      • Amit Agarwal says:

        Nature is my first love..I spend lots of my time in and around gardens, parks, jungles.!
        Healthy trees and plants appear to me like a direct connection with up there:)
        (My naughty posts are NOT the real me, those are just to keep my readers amused:))

      • gardenerat60 says:

        Welcome here. Ofcourse Amitji, I understand. 🙂 . Nature is what makes us healthy and happy. Thanks a lot.

    • Amit Agarwal says:

      You’re welcome to drop the ‘ji’ ma’am, you’re like my elder sis…can even snub me on writing those naughty posts…regards!:)

      • gardenerat60 says:

        Hi Amit, I also like naughtiness,which adds color to a person and makes him alive!! Please continue to regale us with your usual style. I promote your verses, and also appreciate that you have never been improper.

        Hugs and blessings.

    • Amit Agarwal says:

      Thanks a lot, for recognizing that, dear sis:)

  6. Jas says:

    Nothing like fresh and green garden…. rains are bliss…

  7. bhavanas11 says:

    Oh….your garden looks happy. The jasmines are out too, huh? I wish I could have smelt it! And yes, I spotted the bee–in the very last photo:) Do I get a prize?? In btw, your post is so sweet…a true rejoicing in the rain. Dang you are a farmer not a city resident:)!

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Bhavana, How I wish I am a farmer. When I want to do organic stuff, I need some Cow dung, I wish I had a cow, And then I wish I had some small pond, and some space for composting, making Amrit mitti, growing all vegetables, having a small flower garden.. .. .. But farms are so expensive!!!
      What one has seen and lived in younger years, cannot be erased from the mind.In this old age, it has come back as a longing for those green fields of the village!

      • I have a dream that Gurdev and I live on our farm and grown our own vegetables and food some day when the kids are all grown up :). Don’t know if that will ever work out, but this is our dream!

      • gardenerat60 says:

        Dreams are what makes life more pleasant.why not?

        One friend of mine, did just that, but she is too busy to go the farm, She sends her husband instead:-)

  8. namitasunder says:

    happy to see the plants fresh and green.I am still waiting for the rains to arrive.My rat ki rani also stands leafless and dry but i water it daily and hope to see it green and blooming once again.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Hi Namita,
      Yes, a sigh of relief, and it rained again last night. Almost 4 times since 17th. The water table is slightly better , so I am bringing more plants 🙂
      I am glad about your positive feeling on Raat Ki Raani. Good luck.
      May be ours will give some fresh leaves too. Meanwhile all the best for a good rain crossing the Vindhyas.

  9. Juggler says:

    What a joy it must be to cook and eat fresh produce from your own garden! Any plans on expanding production? We would be happy customers.

  10. Gardening is such a satisfying a gardener too..thanks for this post!

  11. C. Suresh says:

    Mmm! Great to see your plants green and healthy! There is something so invigorating about tending to life that gives generously and does not give back-chat:):) Alas, even with the best of rains, plants that I barely touch wilt:)

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Welcome here suresh!
      And thanks for the good words.
      I am not subscribing to that . I too was under the same impression till I started the gardening hobby.I used to call other “green fingers” and sulk.:-0

      After knowing about the actuals of it, it is easy! The plants love us back!

  12. Lovely plants, i envy you 🙂

  13. SRS says:

    Wow! they look great – nothing like growing your own veggies 🙂 You are so blessed to have a lovely garden

  14. Super fabulous to see your blooming garden. Can you believe that we are still awaiting rains in Bangalore :(. I am using water after washing vegetables to water them. The only saving grace is that we don’t have the horribly high temperatures here.

  15. Shalu Sharma says:

    Lovely set of photos you have there. Yes, they seem to be flowering.

  16. ishenoy says:

    Loved the pics and what I loved even more is the care bestowed by you on your garden…

  17. meoww says:

    Hello, it is so nice to have a peek at your organic veggie garden. It has been a dream for me too, and we were doing it well when we were in Bangalore.Now, in Seoul, i am trying to start it all over again. I hope your garden comes up really well! And you enjoy the fruits and vegetables of your labour 🙂

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Meoww! Loved your comment.
      Oh.. Seoul, I am sure you can have a starting soon. You get lot of good stuff there for growing plants, ( so I think).

  18. inducares says:

    Your garden is great…it is obvious you tend to it with love & care….nice blog pattu,shall return soon.

  19. raju070 says:

    Woww.. you have such a wonderful garden. Such lovely plants. And glad that the monsoon is there for them to quench their thirst. 🙂


  20. Awesome description of the joy when rain comes. Liked it!

  21. subhorup says:

    Your garden is looking beautiful. Your happiness comes through in every line and picture in this post. It was a truly scorching summer. In spite of having just a few plants to care for, I couldn’t keep them all. The rains brought a great relief, and the leaves and the flowers have been expressing their thankfulness every day. Loved the pictures. Saw the bee. Even though the humble bhindi might not occupy the vanity shelves in the stores, I think the bhindi leaf and flower are one of god’s most exquisite creation.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Subhorup, it is awesome isn’t it? A few drops of rain, and they all start blooming! Thank God I found Gardening to revive my daily life.
      And you are right about Bhendi flower. Every time I look at it, I hesitate, and stop myself from picking it up:-)

      BTW again your comment went into spam- I really cant understand how!:-(

  22. Seema Sharma says:

    Wonderful plants….treat for eyes:)

  23. matheikal says:

    I envy you. My desire is to live with nature after retirement. I’m quite sure I can do it. Thanks for inspiring (or adding to the inspiration, I should say.)

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Matheikal. I am sure you will do it. Only do write about your experiences for the benefit of your readers.:-)

      When I was in need of some anchor, this hobby came up and I clutched it against all odds. It has become my yoga, my exercise and my prayer now.

  24. Ashwini says:

    With rain starts a new cycle…. cycle of seasons, cycle of life!! Nothing is more soothing than the first rain after burning hot summer. It brings happiness to everyone including plants. It can be seen in your garden and in your words. Happy gardening and blogging too 🙂

  25. sudhagee says:

    Wow, Pattu. I feel like coming over to where you are and feasting on the fresh vegetables with my eyes and also er… palate. 🙂

  26. JayadevM says:

    Found the bee on the Brinjal bloom. Lovely to see the greens! We have a similar garden at home – tended by the green fingers of my mom.

    Enjoyed reading your post. Best wishes


  27. Aaah..celebrate …celebrate:)) The plants are thriving now…got a fresh lease of life !!

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Hi Panchaliji, Welcome here. Rejoicing , I am :-). So many plans are brewing in my mind, with an eye on the water level in the sump.:-). Small seedlings are waiting to be potted. Life is busy..
      Thanks .

  28. Oh lovely garden, lovely you !
    really – feelsl iek bliss to see the green 🙂 Am surey ou must have wilted within watching your plants wilt 😦 It is a great respite from teh hot weather. I am so inspired everytime I see your blog 🙂
    Pls share more and more pictures.
    I did spot the bee ! wheeeeeeeee! 🙂

  29. uppal says:

    I finally succeeded in reaching you! You’re lucky to have rains earlier than in Punjab or even than in Himachal Pradesh. Congratulations! Your garden is blooming again and your vegetables look fresh and dewy. Best wishes for the intensity of interest in gardening which your post conveyed. Liked the pictures, though could not spot the bee.

  30. indrani says:

    These are small delights but they make you feel so content!
    Happy Harvesting! 🙂

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