Tuesday, October 03, 2017

A "Deer Diary" moment

It appears to have now become a bit too cold for the deer to venture about freely, and they have finally left the hardy hibiscus alone long enough to produce a couple of buds! An entire summer of deer salad existence is thus vindicated just ephemerally in the fall!

I have high hopes for the second bud too, seen below as it just prepares to unfurl:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dinner(plate) is served!

A bright "dinner-plate" dahlia, about 8 inches (roughly 20 centimeters) in diameter, adorned our dining table last night:

A few slightly smaller flowers, one in pure white and another in a stunning double-color pattern:

You never know what you might get from these bulb grab-bags, but these seem to be worth saving at the end of the season.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sedum in bloom

As fall sets in and the plants prepare for a winter vacation, this sedum is hogging attention from a nice, shady spot between some taller shrubs:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Vertical garden mania

I am seeing vertical gardens much more frequently these days. Here is one in the lobby of the Westin-BWI hotel in Baltimore, Maryland:

This one is from the international airport at Mumbai, India:

And an impressively tall one from the Museum of Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts:

Monday, September 18, 2017

'Tis the season for winter berries

Fresh berries on our dogwood, while the oaks shed their acorns in a constant staccato attack on our roof! Where are those pesky squirrels and chipmunks when you need them?


One of our jasmines took to the deck atmosphere better than being cooped up indoors, and has just started blooming:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

One man went to mow...

As I powered up my lawn mower, I was suddenly reminded of the song I learned in fourth grade or so:

One man went to mow... 
Went to mow a meadow, 
One man and his dog, 
Went to mow a meadow.

Please supply your own tune to go with the words above :-)

Even the most scraggly and patchy grass looks like a manicured lawn after a fresh mow!

Merry and golden

Marigolds at home in their planters:

The occasional rains have compensated for my lack of attention to the watering:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


The name has a musical ring to it. The beginnings of a moringa (Moringa oleifera) tree, started from seeds:

The three saplings will have to remain in pots and shunted between the indoors and the outdoors, given the climate in Boston. This might curtail or probably eliminate their fruit output, but the leaves are still a major nutrient factory. The fruit pods, known as drumsticks in India, are a culinary favorite. A sample image is shown below:

The native name in Tamil (a language from South India) is murungakkai: