Pictures of my little garden
My little jungle in my small little apartment is doing reasonably well. Apart from pesky doves which destroy plants and try to nest all the time - and I really mean all the time (they are like rodents) I am having a decent spell of good luck with my plants. The conditions in my apartment are a little challenging - lack of space, not enough sunlight - on a good day I can get about an average of about 2 hours of sunlight in about half the balcony. So, when plants thrive it is a big victory for me! A catalog of what I currently have -
a. Orchids - Update to the previous post.
My Dendrobium orchid is flowering profusely - three stalks now have flowers - totalling about 16-20 with some buds to go. My Vandas are rooting well now.
b. Bougainvillea - One amazing plant - flowers endlessly and grows out of a small foot wide pot kept in a shady part of the balcony. It has seeked out sunlight and hangs off some pipes and gets the most sunlight because of its location. Lovely delicate flowers (well not technically flowers but bracts but who cares) that are a golden yellow at their peak.
c. Pentas - Lovely lovely plant - flowers profusely and manages with just 2 hours of sunlight - I don't have any pictures of it right now. I have a nice lavender one - the softest of colours - it is just gorgeous.
d. Miniature exora - I have had a tough time with this one - it needs a lot of sunlight which it does not get - but it still flowers with whatever little it gets.
In addition I have red and yellow Canna which flowers regularly and profusely. This one has been a pleasant surprise - I didn't expect the Canna to flourish but it has done amazingly well. It is quite happy with about 4 hours of direct sunlight and has the most gorgeous flowers. There is a picture to the left.
I also have many ferns - Nephrophelis (Boston fern), Hare's foot fern, Asparagus Fern.
I have a fish tail palm and a parlour palm. I have bamboo and benjamina ficus.
I am waiting for my Zantedeschia to bloom - the flower stalk is just peeking out. I also have two Spathyphilliums (propogated from one big plant) which are blooming regularly. I have this un-identified plant (to the left - the guy who sold it to me called it Malwa). I also have Diffenbachia (propogated with stem cuttings) which is just starting out now.
I have Euphorbia Milli (left) and Jatropa both of which are hardy plants and are doing very well. The Milli requires sunlight but is happy with what it gets and flowers all the time but the Jatropa is doing fine in indirect light.
I seem to have lousy luck with Begonias and Impatiens which is a shame because they are both ideal for low light. I don't know what I am doing wrong. I also have some Beloprene Guttata which does well in indirect light and Croton which is a difficult plant - and delicate. I have Nandibatla (the botanical or common English name of which I am not aware) which almost died of pests but I have managed to recover and is getting ready to flower.
More flowers as they happen...