October Garden, Survivors’ Show

I can vouch for the life force in Sadabahar. It just doesn’t give up. Try it! The seeds also sprout alongside open drains, almost dry soil, and seemingly unfriendly environs.

This October, I noticed that most of the plants in bloom are not due to my intervention at all. They sprouted from the previous season’s seeds dropped of their own accord into pots. While I am busy nursing young saplings bought from nurseries and raised in seed boxes in my rooftop garden, the show goes on courtesy the spirited survivors – Cock’s comb, cosmos, cypress vine, periwinkle (sadabahar), and not to forget some roses – button roses and white roses.

Sturdy Cock’s Comb

Cockscomb growing in a Lucknow Rooftop garden in October

A single plant can give you hundreds of new plants in the next season if the seeds are preserved in a dry, airtight container. And there’s no saying where the new plants will pop up from previous year’s seeds scattered by the plant itself.

Cypress Vine

Cypress Vine, red floral vine

A sturdy and dependable seed, this one! Though the climber itself is very delicate.

Button Roses

Button roses, miniature roses, floral shrub

Button roses, no larger than my thumb nail look lovely in clusters. They are just the right size to decorate the idols of Sri Radha Krishna for daily worship.

Periwinkle blooms (sadabahar)

Periwinkle, sadabahar flower,summer seasonal flower, indian garden

Sadabahar is said to have medicinal use in Ayurveda. Though I don’t use it for medicine, I can vouch for the life force in this plant. It just doesn’t give up. Try it! The seeds also sprout alongside open drains, almost dry soil, and seemingly unfriendly environs.

Cosmos blooming in October in my rooftop garden

Yellow cosmos, winter seasonal flower

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