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Kokedama: Japanese Art Of Growing Plants On A Moss Ball

Kokedama is a Japanese art of growing plant on a Moss ball. Word Kokedama translates like this

Koke: Moss Dama: Ball
It is also known as poor man’s bonsai. 
Moss Ball
Kokedama in my balcony garden

Recently, I tried to make Kokedama for the first time and I loved the fact that it doesn’t require any pot to grow the plants. Just make a ball of soil and moss and grow tiny plants on it. Kokedama can be hung or kept on a desk or floor indoors as well as outdoors. To watch the complete video on my YouTube channel, you can click here.

Things you’ll need to make Kokedama:

  • Compost – 1 part
  • Coco Peat – 1 part
  • Garden Soil – 1/2 part
  • Tray/bowl to mix ingredients
  • Scissors
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Sphagnum Moss 
  • Ornamental Plants
  • Water
  • String/Twine/Yarn

                   

SUBSTITUTES-
Now there is no need to worry if you don’t get all the supplies. Here are the substitutes:
Instead of compost + Cocopeat + Soil, you can take just Bonsai soil + Coco peat OR Garden Soil and mix sand in a small amount.
Instead of Sphagnum moss, you can use moss stick or coco coir or jute or anything that holds moisture for a long.

                    

PLANTS For KOKEDAMA:
Choose the plants that love moisture as Kokedama is a ball of moss that retains moisture. Basically, all the plants that grow on moss are perfect for Kokedama. Though you can experiment with all the plants. As long as you know the light and water requirement of the plants and hang them in a suitable place and water them accordingly, you can grow just about any plant on Kokedama. The best ones are Fern, Ivy, Lucky bamboo, Spider plant, Syngonium. Succulents hate moisture so avoid using them but if you are not watering Kokedama too often then you give it a try.

                     

1. Start by soaking the moss in water. Till it soaks, mix all the components together(compost + Cocopeat + Soil) thoroughly and then slowly add water until all the components adhere together. Now take some soil in hands and form a sphere. Squeeze out excess water and once the soil ball is ready, keep it aside.

Kokedama tutorial
Mix all the components together

Kokedama Tutorial
Make a ball of soil
2. Spread a plastic sheet on the work area and then take out wet moss from the water. Wring it to remove water and then spread the moss on the plastic sheet. Remember that green part of moss faces down as later it will appear on the outer side of the ball. I didn’t get Sphagnum moss sheet so I used moss stick and took out all the moss that it had. Though the moss was all dried and the moss stick also had a lot of coco coir inside but it really doesn’t matter as moss is used because it retains moisture and that’s what exactly coco coir will do too.

3. Now take out the plant from the pot. Loosen the soil around the root. Make sure you are not damaging root ball or disturbing root system. Now crack open the soil ball into two halves like shown in the image below and then place the roots carefully in the centre. Now make the ball of soil again and if required you can add some more soil at this stage to make a perfect sphere.

Kokedama Tutorial

Kokedama Tutorial

4. Place this ball of soil on the moss that we prepared in the second step. Gently pick up the plastic sheet from all the sides and press firmly to wrap the moss around the soil ball. Make sure that moss adheres to the soil ball.

Kokedama Tutorial

5. Now take a twine or string and wrap it around the moss ball in a random fashion and secure the ends by tieing the knots. Now attach a string on the top of the moss ball and there you have it. Kokedama is ready to enhance the beauty of your garden.

How To Make Kokedama

To water Kokedama all you need to do is just use a sprayer and spray water until you see water dripping from the sphere. Or alternatively, you can place Kokedama in a bowl full of water for 2-3 mins and then take it out. Water Kokedama every alternate day or according to plant’s need. If it is succulent then you can skip watering for 8-10 days.

          

Kokedama tutorial

So making Kokedama is not a big deal. It requires minimal skill and very few supplies. I hope you like the tutorial. Be little more creative and try to make it different shapes, sizes and colours.
Happy Gardening!!!
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Best Indian Indoor Plants

I have been growing plants since childhood, thanks to my mom who has always been my inspiration. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered the art of growing all types of plants but I’ve gained enough confidence and a little bit knowledge to grow them indoors as well as outdoors without killing them. And today I’m sharing what are the best indoor plants that are easy to grow and how to care for them. You can watch the complete video on my YouTube channel (Click Here).
Houseplants
The question then arises, “Why to grow indoor plants”!!  
Let me share my experience. Grow indoor plants to bring nature inside your home. Houseplants can perk up any dull space instantly by adding cheer and liveliness. One more reason to grow indoor plants is that houseplants purify the air by removing toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene that are the dangerous molecules to inhale and by increasing humidity. Indoor plants create a relaxing and calming environment. The last but not the least, growing indoor plants can be a satisfying and rewarding experience. You can share your experiences in comments below. I would be happy to know!
In India, we have a variety of climatic zones from tropical to temperate and alpine. Depending on the climatic zone of your region you should select the plants and care for them accordingly. Plants that are native to that particular region grow best without putting extra efforts. But if you want to grow a variety of plants then there are certain things to keep in mind as a rule of thumb and they are; well-draining soil, right amount of sunlight (which should be bright indirect sunlight or maybe artificial light) and right amount of water  and feeding your plants time to time with a good fertilizer. Below are some best indoor plants and I have added details of their light, water and food requirements. In my view, you can grow any plant as an indoor plant but then remember that you should keep it in sun everyday or every alternate day for 2-3 hrs.  
1. Pothos/ Money Plant:

Houseplants


Grow it in water or soil, whether it is climbing or cascading, pothos never fails to add cheer to your indoors. It comes in a range of leaf shades from green to golden and variegated. Grow it in well draining soil. Money plant is quite a hardy plant and can do well in bright as well as low light, Watering is the most important thing to keep it alive. Water it only when the 1-2″ of soil appears dry. Overwatering will rot the roots and the leaves will turn yellow. Whereas if the leaves are wilting and turning brown then know that you are watering it less. Fertilize it with 20-20-20 fertilizer once in a month. Pothos cleans the air in the room. 
Toxicity: Pothos is toxic to humans and pets (when ingested). 
2. Areca Palm: 
Houseplants
Areca palm is the most common and beautiful indoor plant with feathery fronds. Keep it indoors to give a tropical feel to your living room. It loves moist soil and indirect or filtered sunlight. Bright sunlight may burn its leaves. Being a tropical plant it enjoys high humidity so water it regularly to keep the soil moist in summers and in winters allow the 1-2″ of the soil surface to dry. Pot it in a fairly large pot so that it grows well and repot it after every 2-3 years. Fertilize it monthly with balanced liquid fertilizer in summers. Areca palm is an air purifier and cleans the toxin from the air. 
Toxicity: Areca Plam is not a toxic plant.

3. Spider Plant: 
Houseplant
Spider plant or chlorophytum comosum is the easiest to grow houseplant. This is an excellent plant for those who have a brown thumb and wish to start an indoor garden. Like other indoor plants, plant it in well-draining soil. Place it where it receives bright indirect sunlight. Keep the soil moist in summers and allow it to dry a bit in winters. Spider plant looks lovely in hanging baskets. It can easily be propagated by planting the spiderettes that grow from the main plant. Spider plant is also a good air purifier and can be kept in bedroom as well. 
Toxicity: Spider plant is non-toxic to pets.

4. Song Of India/ Dracaena Reflexa:
Houseplant
Song of India or dracaena Reflexa is the most popular, easiest to grow and very low maintenance plant. Keep the bit dried. It loves less water and diffused sunlight. It grows well in a warm climate but excess sunlight can burn the leaves. Overwatering or moist soil will cause the root rot and plant will die. So always allow the soil to dry between watering. Song of India can be propagated easily from cuttings. This houseplant also purifies the air.
Toxicity: It is slightly toxic to pets.

5. Croton & Coleus:
Indoor Plants

Croton and coleus plants are often grown outdoors but can be grown indoors as well. They come in a range of leaf colors and shapes. Their amazing colors make them an excellent indoor plant. Like Areca Palm, Croton & Coleus are tropical plants and love humidity. So keep the soil moist constantly. Since these are tropical plants they enjoy bright light so place them near a window. Fertilize them every 2-3 weeks. Croton & Coleus can be propagated by stem cuttings.  
Toxicity: Croton is toxic to humans and pets.

6. Arrowhead/ Syngonium:

Houseplant

Arrowhead, American evergreen, Elephant ear plant and butterfly plant are some common name of Syngonium. I love this plant for its fuller look and low maintenance. It is also a tropical plant and loves bright light and high humidity but do not keep it in direct sunlight as it will turn the leaves brown. Keep the soil moist in summers and in winters water only when the soil appears dry. Feed the plant 2-3 times in a month.
Toxicity: Arrowhead is a poisonous plant

7. Snake Plant/ Mother-in-law’s Tongue:

Houseplant

Oh! what a funny name it has got, isn’t it!! But contrary to its name it is the beautiful and really a very good plant. This plant is tolerant of a variety of light conditions but prefers to be in indirect sunlight. Water it less because it doesn’t love overwatering also, don’t water the leaves while watering. A small amount of fertilizer during summers is all that it needs. It is known to be a great bedroom plant because unlike other plants it gives off oxygen at night. It also cleans the air by removing harmful molecules of xylene, toluene, formaldehyde and benzene.
Toxicity: Snake plant is toxic to humans and pets.

8. Shamrock Plant/ Oxalis Triangularis:

Houseplant

Shamrock plant or Oxalis comes in a variety of shade from purple to green, orange to yellow. It is an attractive plant because of its clover-shaped leaves which folds up at night and opens up during the daytime. Purple Shamrock is called oxalis triangularis which grows pink flowers and has beautiful purple leaves. I have a green variety called Oxalis Stricta which is a rampaging weed but I love its leaves and delicate flowers so I love to grow it as an indoor plant. Shamrock plant enjoys sunny spot so keep it near the window. It can be grown well in a compact pot. It goes dormant in summers. Do not over water Purple Shamrock. Always allow the soil to dry between watering. Fertilize it once in a month in growing season.
Toxicity: Oxalis is a slightly toxic indoor plant.

9. Aloe Vera:

Houseplant

Aloe Vera (Ghrutkumari or Gwarpatha in Hindi) makes a wonderful houseplant. It is a succulent and stores water in its leaves so do not over water. It can go a long time without water which makes it a fuss-free plant. Make sure the pot has enough draining holes so that water doesn’t accumulate inside the pot and cause the roots to rot. Aloe Vera loves bright light so ideal spot to keep it would be near a window. You don’t require to feed Aloe Vera with fertilizer. It can be propagated by division. Remove the offsets or babies from the mother plant and plant them in a different pot.
Toxicity: Though it has medicinal uses but the outer skin of it when ingested can be harmful as it is slightly toxic.

Some more houseplants are Boston Fern, Dumbcane, Peacelily, Philodendron, zeezee plant, arelia, Bamboo Plant and some more succulents. You can find a complete blog on indoor succulent garden here. This brings me to the end and I really hope that this blog and video help you to create your own wonderful indoor jungle.

See you all soon. Till then connect with me here:

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DIY Video Tutorial – Vintage Suitcase Made Out Of Cardboard Box

The first day of July and I am starting the month with the most requested DIY of the previous month!! Yes, the vintage suitcase planter that you all had seen in the previous post about “Growing Indoor Succulent Container Garden”  and had requested me to share the DIY video tutorial. Watch the video below and don’t forget to read the description if you are watching it on youtube!!

Hope you have subscribed to my YouTube channel and if you liked the video don’t forget to share it with like-minded and creative people.
Now all those who are planning to make this vintage suitcase, please pay heed to the important advice that use a plastic box instead of a cardboard box if you are planning to use it as a planter or a pot to grow plants and you can use M-seal or polymer clay instead of cardboard stripes to make belts and straps.

Cardboard Box Craft Ideas

This vintage suitcase can be used in various ways such as a desk organiser, jewellery box, keepsake box, to organise books/magazine, display flowers (fill small bottles/jars with water and place some fresh flowers and keep them closely packed inside the vintage suitcase) or as a coffee table decor.

I have grown a succulent garden in it and taking extra care of it so that it doesn’t become soggy and believe me it’s quite hard but not impossible 🙂

Cardboard Box craft Ideas
Since July is the month of celebrations for me so I may not be as active on my blog and social media platforms this month as I used to be. But I promise I’ll be back with regular updates and lot more in the month of August. So keep checking space!!
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How To Grow Indoor Succulent Container Garden

Indoor plants have never gone out of fashion. In recent times succulents have become all the rage. Their unusual forms and myriad colors make them an interesting home accessory. Today I’ll be sharing all about growing indoor succulent container garden. Here I have a complete video on how to grow and care for succulents indoors. 
1. Select A Right Pot/Container:
First, start with selecting a right pot to grow a succulent container garden. Make sure that the pot/planter should have drainage hole as succulents don’t love wet soil. Having said that it is not that you can’t grow succulents in a pot that doesn’t have a hole. In that case, succulents will survive but they will not thrive until you know when and how to water them. I too have quite a few pots without a hole and my succulents are doing well but it is always great to have holes at the bottom of the container. 
Growing Succulents Indoors
2. Succulent Potting Mix:
The right succulent potting mix is also the key to growing healthy succulents. Well-draining soil that retains very less moisture is good for succulents. Mixing sand/gravel/perlite/pumice/tree bark/coconut fibre in the soil makes it less compact and well-draining soil. Mixing these ingredients in the soil also ensures good air flow and the soil dries out quickly. That’s what succulents love. Also, don’t forget to feed your succulents. Like all the other plants, succulents need food too to grow healthy and produce more colors. Mix compost in the soil and do fertilize your succulents in their growing season or every few months. 
How To Grow Succulents Indoors
3. How To Pot Succulents In The Container: 
First, put the gravel or small rocks at the bottom of the container and then fill the container with the succulent potting mix. While potting the succulents it’s not necessary to leave gaps between plants. As succulents grow slowly and can be potted closely in a container. A small room is just enough for succulents to grow. Take out the succulent from the nursery pot, loosen the soil and now pot the taller or most colourful succulent in the centre if the pot is round and in one of the corners if the pot is rectangular. Now pot trailing succulents near the edges of the container and then fill in all the gaps with the rest of the succulents. You can use flowering succulents to add more colors and a bit of drama. 
How To Grow Indoor Succulent Garden
4. Watering Succulents:
Watering succulents is the most crucial and important job. Avoid using a watering can with the shower head as it will make the foliage wet which is not good for succulents. Any pot that has a spout and can direct the water stream into the soil works best for watering succulents. There is no such rule that you should water succulents once or twice a week. Water the succulents only when the soil has dried out and water them until the extra water starts to come out of the drainage hole now wait for few days and check when the soil has dried out water the succulents again. If the pot doesn’t have drainage holes make sure that you are watering just the enough amount not too less and not too much. If you water them too much then excess water can accumulate at the bottom and the roots will start to rot and eventually the succulents will die. If you water them less then the leaves will start to wrinkle and become dry. 
Succulents
5. Light:
Succulents love high temperature and lot of sunlight but everything in excess is always harmful. We are talking about growing succulents indoors so ideal location for them would be the one where the succulents get at least 4-6 hrs of light (not direct sunlight). Choose the succulent varieties that love bright shade like all the succulents that are green and pale can do well indoors on the other hand colourful varieties and the pokey ones with lots of spines(cacti) do well in sunlight. Succulents can bear 2-4  hrs of sunlight more than that can cause sunburn. 
How To Grow Succulents Indoors
I think I have covered almost all the important points here to grow succulent container garden indoors especially in Indian climate. For a detailed post, you have to wait for a while as I am working on it. I hope now you have all the answers and are ready to grow your own succulent container garden. If you have any queries please leave me a comment and I’ll be glad to answer. Do check out the video on YouTube and find all the useful links in the description box there. If you liked my vintage suitcase planter then you can buy the exact same piece online click here to buy.
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DIY Bonsai Planter

My work is keeping me from my blog and I just hate this. 
I can’t stay away from it and my lovely readers for long so I took out some time and created this DIY bonsai planter tutorial especially for my dear readers. 

DIY Bonsai Planter

Few months ago I tried my hands at creating bonsais. I created four bonsais jade, bougainvillaea, jasmine and ixora out of which only three survived. Ixora died because it was a wrong selection of the plant to create a bonsai. But I think three out of four was a good result for the first timer like me. I had started jade in the last week of September and just in two-three months it started looking a lot like bonsai. But its pot was quite boring so I decided to give it a makeover. After all, if your bonsai takes the shape of real bonsai its pot should look like a pretty bonsai pot too.
Tip: Jade is the simplest plant to start with if you too wish to create a bonsai. 
Gosh!! I talk a lot. Now let’s start the tutorial without much ado.

For the DIY enthusiast like me acrylic colours, white M-seal(epoxy clay) and clear varnish are quite versatile art & craft supplies. You just put on your thinking cap and there are numerous things you can make using these three simple supplies. In this DIY tutorial, we are going to use the same supplies.

DIY Bonsai Pot
I drew a rough sketch of the pattern I wanted on the bonsai pot so that I can glue epoxy clay accordingly. To know how to use epoxy clay and how to make shapes using epoxy clay check out my previous post Lippan work tutorial and DIY Owl planter tutorial. These two blogs will give you a fair idea on how to work with clay. So the first three steps would be drawing a design on the pot, preparing clay and making shapes to stick on the pot. 
DIY Hand Painted Clay Pot
Here is how I made the patterns using clay and stuck the clay on bonsai pot. Good enough to go ahead and paint it. 
DIY Garden Planter

This time I chose distressed finish for my bonsai planter otherwise in all my previous works I have always preferred a fresh and clean look. I chose mint green for the clay patterns and painted it first. 

DIY Bonsai Pot

For the rest of the pot I chose Persian blue and painted it when mint green was dried completely. First I painted the rim of the planter. 

DIY Bonsai Pot

Then I added some more water in Persian blue color to make it bit runny and painted rest of the pot including clay patterns. See the below picture, this is how it looked after painting. 

DIY Bonsai Pot

While the color was still wet I dabbed a soft cloth gently on the clay patterns only. It revealed the mint green color and I loved the distressed look. 

DIY Bonsai Planter

Here is how the bonsai pot is looking with jade bonsai in it. Now it’s time to decorate the bonsai pot with some accessories to complete the look. 

DIY Bonsai Planter

I used some pebbles, shells and tiny birds made out of shells to beautify the pot. Here is a closer look for you. Did you spot one little birdie sitting on the branch of jade bonsai. 

The bonsai planter turned out the way I had wished and it sits pretty on my coffee table now. 
Tip: Sometimes handmade stuff should be given the opportunity to beautify the place instead of fancy looking expensive stuff. 

DIY Bonsai Pot

Are you inspired to create bonsai and to make this bonsai planter, oh! please go ahead. It is so therapeutic I tell you. 
Now my dear peeps, I request you that please do not miss my next post as I will be sharing my achievements this year and my plans for the next year and I bet you will find my plans quite exciting. You all are a part of my success so I am asking you to join me in my next blog which is dedicated to you all 🙂
Stay tuned and keep creating!!

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Video Tour Of My Balcony Garden

Gardening has always been a therapy for me. Though I find very less time these days to indulge in serious gardening but I never miss a chance to get a glimpse of what my garden offers me every day.

Small Balcony Garden
Sometimes I just turn my camera on and try to capture the beauty of nature. You must have seen makeover of my balcony garden, DIY bottles hanging planters in my garden, hanging baskets in my garden and how did I beautify my garden in a quick way. I have shared many pictures of my balcony garden but today I am sharing not only images but also a video tour of my winter garden. Hope you will like it. 

And here are some images of my winter garden. I had planted Lily two years back and since then it was just growing in size. But, as dawn broke on the new year I saw a sweet surprise in my garden, my lily bloomed and there were four blooms to wish me Happy New Year!! 
Small Balcony Garden
Small Balcony Garden
Other than that I have few more colors in my garden bougainvillea, gerbera, jasmine and hibiscus. 
Small Balcony Garden
Small Balcony Garden
And these little creatures along with parrots, sparrows, mynah and sometimes sunbirds keep visiting my garden and to my surprise they don’t spoil it, they just play around, perch on branches and flowers, eat insects and go back to their homes!

Small Balcony Garden

If you are not doing something great this weekend, try to get your hands dirty in the garden. Believe me, it would be therapeutic and you will feel relaxed and reinvigorated. 
Coming up next is a rising star of the interior designing industry, who is going to share his recent works with us and that’s not all you will get to know more about him. Stay tuned!!
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Fan Of 3D: Sonali Kulkarni

I recently heard from a reader from my home town Indore. 
I was delighted to know that my blog is read in my home town too 🙂 nothing could be more joyful than this. Joy doubles up when I get to know that they incorporate the ideas I share on my blog to transform their spaces and then my dear readers share the images with me to know my views. Sharing one such story:

Balcony Garden Ideas


I am Sonali from Indore, an ardent art lover. Beautifying my home is my passion and I try my maximum to use my creativity. I am a regular reader of blog ‘Design Decor & Disha‘ which was an inspiration for me to bring out my creativity. 

Balcony Garden Ideas

I never thought that a small colourless and empty balcony of my apartment where I would hardly go, would be my favourite place in my house and I got the inspiration from  Disha’s blog “my balcony garden makeover”

Balcony Garden Ideas


Now my balcony is colourful with plants, pots, flowers, a fairy garden and many more such things which were lying useless in my house but seems to have become alive when given a place in my small little garden. Waiting to get many more such ideas from ‘Design Decor & Disha‘.

Balcony Garden Ideas

I loved how beautifully Sonali has given personal touch to her balcony garden with mundane objects. What do you say readers, did you like this balcony garden as much as I did.
Read rest of the balcony garden stories here.

Stay tuned for some monsoon inspiration before it bids adieu !

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My Balcony Garden Makeover

I have been super busy lately but as I had promised….
 here is an update on my garden makeover. I easily get bored of the same look and scorching summers were the another reason to rearrange my garden. Gardening is joy, it’s a way to rejuvenate your senses.

Now back to my garden makeover. I rearranged all my pots and planters and idea was to save my plants from the scorching sun, so I covered the part of my terrace which gets maximum sun with grass mats that were lying unused and arranged all my pots alongside it. This way all my plants were happy to get only mild morning sunlight. In the center, I created zen corner and placed all the tall plants at the back and smaller ones in a front row. That way it appears like a lush green small jungle.
Indian Balcony Garden

I couldn’t resist and spend my evenings here. How about having some masala wali tea here 🙂

Balcony Garden

Now I want to add some flowering plants here to make this place look little more cheerful. 

Balcony Garden

My obsession with Buddha…..!!

Balcony Garden

Here are some fresh blooms. 

Balcony Garden

Balcony Garden

One morning my yellow fairy lilies gave me this beautiful surprise 🙂

Balcony Garden

Balcony Garden

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Balcony Garden
Here is how my balcony garden looks now. 

Balcony Garden

It looks astounding when sun sets and my plants gleam in a soft glow of the sun. 
Balcony Garden

Reflection of the setting sun on glass door is a way too beautiful sight to be missed. 

Balcony Garden

I love spending time here in this sanative environment. The warm glow of sun, chirping of birds, fresh air and a soothing sound of temple bells all these are always so uplifting and heartwarming that it makes me forget all my woes.
Balcony Garden

Have you seen my garden earlier, if not you can see it here.
This below picture is how my garden looked earlier. Not bad huh!
Balcony Garden
So what do you think of the new face of my garden. Please share your views.
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Hanging Baskets In My Small Balcony Garden

I had always wanted hanging baskets in my balcony garden, but I couldn’t find big wrought iron hanging baskets with coir lining here in Pune. So I bought these plastic ones. I didn’t like their dull colours though, so I painted them in vibrant colours.
Balcony Garden

I planted Money plant, Jade, 9 O’clock, Purple Wandering Jew and Singapore Daisy in some baskets, that my mother had given me and sowed seeds of Virginia Stock and Nasturtium in two baskets, that my mother-in-law had given me. I was desperate like a kid, who just wanted seeds to sprout the moment they were sown. I wanted to see, how my baskets will going to look when they will be full of foliage and blooms. And slowly it happened………

Balcony Garden
Kid in me was so happy to see some blooms and Virginia Stock sprouts, that were filling the blue basket.
Balcony Garden
And finally the day arrived when I saw 9 O’clock, Nasturtium, Singapore Daisy and Virginia Stock blooming and Money plant & Jade thriving and spreading cheer in my small garden. This was the sight I was waiting for. It was so heart warming to look at these baskets.  

Balcony Garden
Some close ups………
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And some different angles………
Balcony Garden
And Purple wandering Jew has become the main attraction in the garden for its lovely purple leaves and the way it’s covering the basket.
Balcony Garden
But now because of cold weather Nasturtium has died 🙁 and 9 O’clock plant has stopped blooming. 
Waiting for Spring to arrive now.
Have a great weekend ahead dear all!!

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Quick Way To Beautify A Garden!!

How was your weekend dear friends, mine was super hectic with lots of work assignments in hand and son’s studies, I didn’t even realized and it’s Monday again. I did so many things in past few months, some DIY projects, paintings and few more exciting things. I added some elements in my balcony garden last month and post about it was lying in draft since then. My husband is a great support, because of him I was able to meet all the deadlines and got time to publish this post. 

Sharing some tips and images of my garden with you. A corner in my garden was looking a little dull and I wanted to cheer it up without spending much time.
First have a look how it was before. Since long time the arrangement had been like this and I got bored of looking at it. I wanted to rearrange and add something.

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This is what I did..
Small Balcony Garden
I am quite happy with the look (at least for a few months). Now if you want to create this look in your garden, follow these easy and simple steps:

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1. Take a clay/plastic plate. Plate because you will place Buddha on it.

2. Put soil and manure in the plate.
3. Sow seeds or if you have saplings you can plant them (I did both). Plant only on one side of the plate, as on the other side you will place Buddha. 
4. Place Buddha figure on the plate. Club together pots of the same size and place the plate on the center (where you see the void).
5. You can place small colourful pots on the edges of two adjoining pots, like I did. I placed orange watering can and coconut planter too. 
6. Arrange the pots in a way that all the taller plants should be on the back side and smaller ones and creepers should be in front.  
Here is closer look of the corner….
Small Balcony Garden
Plants I planted in the plate are very lovely. They are almost in five shades. I don’t know the name of this plant, if anyone of you are aware what this plant is called, please tell me the name.  
Small Balcony Garden
I always wanted a Zen corner in my garden, so that I can spend my evenings there doing some creative work or writing a blog post. Now I love looking at this corner, it’s serene!! Sometimes I place different flowers on Buddha figure I enjoy peaceful moments that I spend there 🙂
Small Balcony Garden Decorating Ideas
Take a tour of some beautiful gardens and read more about gardening (Click here).
Hope you liked this quick and easy way to beautify a garden. Stay tuned for more such ideas!!