Welcome flowers on my Terrace


My last post about the terrace garden was in early September 2012. Much rain water has drained from the terrace since then. Meanwhile I could only share a post on Rice husks and the wild goose chase we went around. I am looking for excuses and Once again I would like to shift the blame on to Facebook. Today I firmly decided to take a break from Facebook and write the long over due post.

I started skimming though my photograph collected over two months, to share them here and write a quick post.The collection is pretty huge, therefore , I have divide them into categories of flowers , vegetables and the rest. I would not like to tax you readers, with long posts inter-spread with pictures dear to me, but clearly not to everyone .

Flowers were never my strong point, and I brush aside occasional tugs at my heart with, “oh too delicate to grow”. Except marigold which I like very much and also for companion planting, a few roses and two hibiscus was all I had. Chrysanthemums are welcome, but not grown with such devotion that I will measure its size or keep counting the number of buds, or boast about the colors. They were around like all other plants and grow as they like. I am glad flowers appear, and also glad that they are hardy.

Occasionally I also get to see Kanakambaram/aboli,flowering suddenly with such grace and color,pretty pinkish beige or whatever color it is called. ( we term it as Kanakambaram color).This is another no-fuss plant for impatient people like me.

During my visit to DOH,Hulimavu visit, when the lady asked whether I would like some flower seeds, and offered a big handful,costing next to nothing, I readily agreed. I forgot to label the name too, and left in the packet for months. While planting veggies for the season, I scattered some of these seeds too, without any thought. Little did I know I would like those colors very much and photograph them for consecutive days with such admiration.So Cosmos it is, delicately swaying in the breeze.

The early morning light, the only time I visit the terrace, catches them so prettily. I am not the only one, there are such cute visitors to share their offerings and gladden my mornings.

The butterfly was so good at posing , after a few more days I had a chance to click again on another bunch.I keep meeting them everyday.

One day,while I was inspecting the coriander seeds scattered on to a wire basket. I found a big leaf was emerging as an oddity. I was curious and let it grow.Once I almost plucked the plant out, but the shape of the leaves and appearance of buds stopped me. And it was worth the wait , when I saw the flower.

Mexican Torch flower it seems. Many of the gardening friends have asked for the seeds.

Another casual beauty is the ever obliging Balsam seeds my son sent. The colors are cheerful and it is no fuss , sturdy plant.

I am not sure how I these seeds arrived, may be in compost, but they are entwining many plants right now and need to be uprooted soon.

The rains are on the wane now, the ground has hardened, but the flowers are holding on. I know before long the chrysanthemums will open up to cheer me up.More photographs to share..Life is good.

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 Welcome flowers on my Terrace

  1. Renard Moreau says:

    [ Smiles ] I LOVE your flower photos!

  2. Vidya Sury says:

    Wow. So gorgeous. I can imagine how it feels to see a flower bloom! The photos are just great. i now look forward to your chrysanthemums! Thank you for sharing. That red/orange flower – the Mexican torch is stunning!

  3. beautifull flowers, full of life and they are giving life nectar to butterflies also..
    I think with a little more care u can convert this into a butterfly garden…

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks DesiTraveler. It is a joy to watch them. Since we are surrounded by lots of native trees they fly around lot. Our own flower tree is full of necter and invitation.

  4. Jeevan says:

    That’s beautiful to see flowers bloomed in your garden! The butterfly leaves me at awe… We had balsam for sometime but it only grows big and never bloomed.

    Enjoy the Facebook and don’t forget this space too🙂

  5. meowpurrs says:

    Always refreshing to see the flowers bloom and worth the while too, as they attract such lovely butterflies to us🙂

  6. Nice to see flowers this time on your garden. Most of the flowers don’t need much care. Just a few old pots, vessels, baskets etc can be used. You can also hang them from a rod to create your own hanging garden.🙂

    Look forward to more.

  7. uppal says:

    Pattu, Congratulations for giving us this flowery treat. Such beautiful closeups all. love the one with the butterfly satiating itself with the nectar. Remarkable bonus with veggie seeds,ah!

  8. Valli says:

    You have a beautiful garden…Awesome clicks!….I love the juice of Passion fruit….:)

  9. gayatri soni says:

    Beautiful pictures! These flowers make feel your post so refreshing🙂

  10. TTT says:

    what a lovely garden you’ve got ! and your flowers look so healthy ! awesome !

  11. Jeanne says:

    Pattu, the last two flowers are of the passion fruit vine!. I hope they’re not the ones you’re going to uproot. The flowers look perfect the way they’re growing, all mingled with everything else.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      True Jeanne. The fruit is full of seeds and is small and red in color. My friends from Hyderabad have opined that this is not the passion fruit kind, but a different strain. the flower is pretty, but not as much as the violet , bigger ones. The vines are growing wild and encircle many of the vegetable plants. I keep cutting them , and they sprout elsewhere.I think they are coming in the compost I am using. I am seeing to that I do not eliminate them, but use selection.:-). I will add the picture of fruiting vine too ,to the post.

      Thanks.

  12. The orange flower you discovered growing amongst your coriander was amazing! As I say a present from the birds! Some Marigolds as I understand can also be used in salads so they ahve a dual use!

    I love all your flowers🙂

  13. dilipnaidu says:

    It is lovely to be greeted in the morning with such beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing the lovely pics.

  14. Amit Agarwal says:

    Hearty congrats Pattu di!
    Lovely flowers and great photos🙂
    Have a nice time ahead!!

  15. krsnaknows says:

    Happy to see your beautiful garden. God bless.

  16. Beautiful pictures of your garden, Ma’m. So glad you share your wonderful garden with us. A pleasant start to my day.🙂

  17. Jayanthi Sridharan says:

    A nice little flower garden with butter flies complementing. Good feel. Beautiful pictures.
    Jayanthi.

  18. Jas says:

    Beautiful pictures. Must have made your garden look so fresh.

  19. Cosmos is a flower we use to dye papers as kids. I love the unique shades of they offer. Very gentle and refreshing..! Loved all the pictures. I am not partial where flowers are concerned🙂

  20. magiceye says:

    Wow! Walk in Eden!

  21. That is a beautiful buterfly having a good breakfast🙂 .. beautiful flowers ..

  22. sravant says:

    that a beautiful Garden.. you made me remember my garden at my home place..🙂 do you like bonsai plants?? Dalia, is one flower which catches my eye instantly.. but that’s a winter flower.. all in all a very nice garden..🙂

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Sravant and welcome here. I do like Dahlia very much, but my plants this year are giving smaller flowers, though good color. I dream of having good flower garden , but veggie are taking much of my time:-)

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Sravant, I am not that knowledgeable about Bonsai. It need time and effort and more TLC. My friends have it , I go and admire.

  23. Zephyr says:

    Loved the butterflies the best. So long since I have seen any. Of course there were plenty in the parks of London! Beautiful flowers. Your terrace looks like a veritable jungle. How do you make it so verdant?

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks Zepyr. I am so happy you liked my forest. Someone else also told me today, when they visited in the evening.. A forest.Like that aha!

      The rain Gods have been kind. Once the moisture stops, it will slow down. Then summer all will be dry.. So I am enjoying for few months.

  24. pranav says:

    Wonderful garden.. first thing is it doesn’t looks like terrace garden.. all credit goes to your patience and hardwork.
    Nice blog bookmarking it.

  25. Beautiful and charming indeed both your artcle and pictures. Thanks for sharing with us a very enriching experience

    na.krishna

  26. Ashwini says:

    Oh!! You have got such a beautiful garden🙂 Excellent job!!! Loved all the snaps especially with the butterflies

  27. inducares says:

    There is an award for your lovely blog at my blog!

  28. What gorgeous blooms!! I particularly loved the kanakambaram and the Mexican torch flower. Beautiful!!
    I recently found a packet of petunia seeds. Is it too late to sow them now?

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Welcome Scribblehappy here. Thanks for the lovely comment.
      I am not a big flower person, I am more into vegetables. The kanakambaram and the Mexican Torch sprouted by itself and add color to my garden. I am not sure about petunia.:-(. I usually look for tips from the Internet.

  29. narasimhan36 says:

    nice. madam-i invite you to visit my blog and to have our comment

  30. You have got a beautiful garden, Pattu Raj! I love butterflies and have clicked some and did a post. I have a small space for garden and I get some beautiful butterflies. But your garden has got lovely flowers.

    Nice knowing you, Pattu Raj!

  31. This is too much. If I get a chance to come to Hyderabad, your terrace garden would be one of the ‘must visit places’ on my itinerary.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Thanks a lot Talkalittledo , for the kind words. You are surely welcome. My only regret now is, my garden is lying bare since six months, my blog has not been written since 6 months, and I am just starting the vegetable pots once again from today, ( after the rains cooled our hot city).

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