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A tired/retired Gardener

Post by Muhammad Arif Khan » August 8th, 2016, 11:18 am

Assalam o alaikam
It is a nice bright day with greenery all around and nothing much to do in the garden.
When I started gardening in earnest after retirement from the service, about 26 years ago, I became a COLLECTOR.
As a first step I bought books on gardening and flowers and I started collecting whatever I liked in the books.
It took me some time to realise that what was presented in the books was the plants grown in their ideal environment, which I could not provide.
I gave up many, but remained obsessed with others which to mind, I should be able to grow well but was not.
As the time passed, I learnt a lot about the general and specific individual requirement of plants I liked to grow.
I reconciled that an amature natural environment gardener should only grow what he can easily manage.
I also learnt that in addition to the macro environment, there is a micro environment in each garden (full sun, partial shifting shade, morning sun only, midday, evening or combination,shade having bright light and dark shade, windy/non windy,high/low humidity areas), plant your plants giving them the best micro environment you can.
Now the old man is a tired/retired gardener, I take an early (before sunrise) round of my garden, assess all that is required to be done, sit in my garden chair and have all jobs executed by my helper (substitute of a batman) my handy man who looks after all my personal needs.
Now I ask myself, do I need this plant or can it be replaced by another plant having better utility and so have discarded many I also have it plants and gifts I accepted out of modesty.

For example, it took me a long time to grow Gardenia Florida to my satisfaction, but now I am thinking of removing all except one and replace them with dwarf Merva,YOU TELL ME THE REASON WHY?

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Re: A tired/retired Gardener

Post by Izhar » August 9th, 2016, 9:41 am

If you need fragrance in air with an evergreen small plant... then dwarf marva is the best choice... it loves our soil and weather with no special demands...

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Re: A tired/retired Gardener

Post by Muhammad Arif Khan » August 10th, 2016, 12:27 pm

Izhar wrote:If you need fragrance in air with an evergreen small plant... then dwarf marva is the best choice... it loves our soil and weather with no special demands...
Yes the fragrance in the air, multiple blooming and manageable size,does well even in a pot.

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Re: A tired/retired Gardener

Post by Umair » August 11th, 2016, 10:13 am

Muhammad Arif Khan wrote:
Izhar wrote:If you need fragrance in air with an evergreen small plant... then dwarf marva is the best choice... it loves our soil and weather with no special demands...
Yes the fragrance in the air, multiple blooming and manageable size,does well even in a pot.
Aoa.
More than that Marva doesn't require extra treatment to bloom and stay healthy like Gardenia's require. Leading to hassle free gardening.

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Re: A tired/retired Gardener

Post by Muhammad Arif Khan » August 11th, 2016, 11:49 am

Gardenias have a wonderful fragrance, but do not fill the air like Murva, more over it blooms only once a year for a short time.
So if you want beauty go for Gardenia but for fragrance Murva is your plant.

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Re: A tired/retired Gardener

Post by Umair » August 11th, 2016, 12:25 pm

Exactli. Thats y i am trying to air layer Dwarf Marva this year :-)

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Re: A tired/retired Gardener (oldest companion)

Post by Muhammad Arif Khan » August 25th, 2016, 10:13 am

Year 1949, first week of August, Saw the bed of these beauties blooming in Commissioner house civil lines Rawalpindi. A foolish,shy young boy as I was, instead of requesting, I chose to steal them and I have enjoyed their blooms ever since,
The retired gardener now has given away all and kept only a few.
Companions of last 67 years.
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Re: A tired/retired Gardener (current blooms)

Post by Muhammad Arif Khan » August 25th, 2016, 10:23 am

It is a transition time, but still there are some to keep my interest.

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Re: A tired/retired Gardener

Post by Umair » August 26th, 2016, 10:04 am

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Aoa. Sir Arif plz specify this plants details

Name
Seasonal/ Perenial
Flowers in which condition Sun/ Semi Shade / Full Shade
Water Requirement
Colors Availble

Thanx


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Re: A tired/retired Gardener

Post by Muhammad Arif Khan » August 26th, 2016, 11:15 am

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Name, Ruellia,
Parenial, Easy to grow, loves sun, moderate water, has a long blooming period, I have three colours only, have not seen any other colour, easily propagated from cuttings.
A plant for a retired gardener.

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