Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This is a bracket fungus I saw in the rainforest of the Western Ghats. Our guide said that these are food for some denizens of the forest. The food chain is so delicately balanced that even removing a fungus might disrupt it.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I have just planted out some chrysanthemum seedlings- some will give golden yellow flowers and some, mauve flowers with white tips. To avoid the aphid infestation, I have planted garlic berween the plantlets.My hoya creeper is sleeping after its stunning display last month.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This is a bilbergia with a stupendous flower, although the plant itself in not attractive. I had to coax the plant to flower by strewing rotten tomatoes around it!The plant took two years to make up its mind to reward me with its flower.
The picture should be turned, but I don't know how to do it.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I have been reading that all kinds of bees including honeybees and bumblebees are becoming rare. Fortunately, since I have a fairly large garden with a good bio diversity, bees visit my garden daily. I see them gathering nectar from the flowers of the teak trees (25 feet) at noon, and they are busy gathering pollen and nectar from the flowers in my mint patch at 3 in the afternoon. But bumble bees are rare visitors. Last year, they used to come when the Cassia flowere. This year, the Cassia has not yet flowered. The Climate change seems to have affected their flowering.Honey bees and bumble bees are essential for the fertilisation of many flowers.