Plant Lover Reborn!!

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Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by KBW » March 4th, 2013, 6:20 pm

Just less than a month back (after a pretty long self imposed exile from the gardening world) I realised that I need to have plants in my home. Rest was done by Gardening Pakistan.... and here I am.

I have started with planting of few seasonal flowers. Though I got fairly large size plants but I know I am a bit late and may not get the best bloom. It gets quite hot in Okara by the end Mar. I have also planted a few palms and roses.

Sharing pics of few container arrangements which have always been my favourite and once, I had a good collection of such arrangement in my house. Simple arrangements with inexpensive plants.

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A bunch of Gerberas, dwarf Day Lillies, Asparagus, Chlorophytum, Gazania and few grasses. All arrangements basically follow the same theme here. They have just been planted and I hope that after a month when they fill up the container, they will look nice.




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I love Aquilegia vulgaris. This is a dwarf variety and I will have to wait to see the flowers which are likely to be blue and pink. Planted yesterday.



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A bunch of Chlorophytums, variegated Mesembryanthemum and a lonely cactus amongst few small rocks. They all need less water. Planted today and I am hoping that within a couple of months, they should grow up well to fill the container.


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Epipremnum aureum and Hoya carnosa for the shaded wall.



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Hanging baskets which I wouldn't mind if they dry out for a while. Hanging shoots of Chlorophytum and button Mesembryanthemum should look nice I presume. Just done an hour earlier :)

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Post by Farhan Ahmed » March 4th, 2013, 6:26 pm

First 4 pictures nothing short of abstract art. Very creative and beautifully done. It appears as you have miniaturize landscape.

When do you expect Aqueligia to bloom? i am also growing it and want to know would it bloom any sooner??????

Good to know that Gardening Pakistan is doing a Good Job!

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by KBW » March 4th, 2013, 6:44 pm

Gerberas are amongst my favourite and I have got quite a few of them including few very rare varieties. Some of them (the ordinary ones) have started flowering. Just a few pics to share.....


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Post by KBW » March 4th, 2013, 6:51 pm

farhan137 wrote:First 4 pictures nothing short of abstract art. Very creative and beautifully done. It appears as you have miniaturize landscape.

When do you expect Aqueligia to bloom? i am also growing it and want to know would it bloom any sooner??????

Good to know that Gardening Pakistan is doing a Good Job!
These arrangements are for the shaded verandah and walls. I am working on lawn landscaping which will take a few days. I am already late and have to cut short the things otherwise I might endup wasting a few plants.

As for Aqueligia, I have my fingers crossed as it suddenly gets quite hot in Okara which is not good for aqueligias. But I like their leaf texture as well. I have tried to replicate their natural habitat. They have been planted in a mix of 75% leaf mould, 25 % bhal with a few rocks placed over the medium. Only a shallow flowing stream (jharna) nearby is missing.

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by rafique » March 4th, 2013, 8:58 pm

Beautiful sharing................
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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by rabia » March 5th, 2013, 8:22 am

your arrangements are superb.can you share some more pics of arrangements?Gerberas are the best.Do you keep yuor gerberas in shade or full sun?

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by KBW » March 5th, 2013, 8:43 am

rabia wrote:your arrangements are superb.can you share some more pics of arrangements?Gerberas are the best.Do you keep yuor gerberas in shade or full sun?
Thanks rabia. I have better Gerberas which have yet not flowered. I will post pics when they are in bloom. Gerberas thrive better in full sun in cooler areas like Islamabad and Abbotabad, however, in a hot area like Okara they do best in dappled shade. A place where they get good early morning sun but after midday, they are in shade. Due to alkaline soil in Okara which has a pH of 9, one has to be careful in plantation and it's better to replace the soil with a mix of good quality bhal and leaf mould. I use a 50/50 mix. Top quality drainage is very important. :)

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by rabia » March 5th, 2013, 7:13 pm

Waiting keenly to see more of your gerberas :) .
Your arrangements predict your garden landscape is going to be as good, waiting for the pictures as it gets completed.

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by Munir » March 5th, 2013, 10:16 pm

KBW,what a pleasure to see your plants arrangement & the flowers.Your work reflects great taste.
If these are ordinary Gerberas-though even these are extra ordinary for me,what are 'better" ones going to be? Eagerly awaiting.

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Re: Plant Lover Reborn!!

Post by KBW » March 6th, 2013, 4:13 pm

@rabia and munir
Thanks for your kind comments. :)


Today a few more Gerberas bloomed.

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I like this lemon yellow colour with black eye. A clump of 5 or more flowers would look nice... isn't it?


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Another nice colour though it's an old variety.


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This is the best colour bi-far, an orangish yellow. Thanks to mali baba who watered this one so carelessly that half of it is covered with silt. But next one is in the the line.


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This was a gorgeous double in light Salmon Pink. Thanks to mali baba again who watered the area carelessly, spoiling this flower too. :(

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