Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Some publicity for blog

The blog was first featured on TIP homes, an extremely popular interior design blog in India. The variety and frequency of posts on the website is just amazing. Ofcourse it is a very dangerous website to show to your wives as you might have to make a quick trip to the furniture/home decor stores :)
 Here's the link
This feature was mentioned in Dec 2010 just before the New Year and I never got to mention it here.

The next mention was an interesting one. Getting a mention in the National newspaper is a pretty big deal. I would like to thank Anusha(from The Hindu) for getting in touch to mention my name in the article. The blog is what got her attention and she got in touch with me through it. Obviously there are very many expert gardeners out there but then very flew bloggers. So I guess I was lucky. Though there is no mention of the blog there, the name figures. I also was able to sneak in one photo with yours truly in there. The remaining pictures are those of another enthusiastic balcony gardener.

Here's the link to the article,
Here's the link to the photo

and here's the full article

Life & Style » Homes & Gardens

Published: January 23, 2011 00:05 IST | Updated: February 8, 2011 17:18 IST

Blooming balconies

Anusha Parthasarathy
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A cozy balcony with seating. Photo: Ishrath Humairah
The Hindu A cozy balcony with seating. Photo: Ishrath Humairah

Living in an apartment? Love growing plants? Don’t’ be disheartened, balcony gardens can help you get close to Nature, writes Anusha Parthasarathy
Fairy lights twinkling from a branch highlighting gradient strokes of green, billowy leaves of potted plants, dabs of bright colours on blooming buds and the swaying shadows of passive life; you could throw in a chair or two to bask in its shady haven even if you are in an apartment couple of floors above the ground.
Balcony gardens are fast becoming a way not just to pursue a hobby but also to bring patches of green into an apartment. A few simple decorative items and a good choice of plants can make a world of difference.
Ishrath Humairah, a healthcare professional and co-founder of Tree Souls, makes sure she has her dose of green everywhere. “It is not about the size of the balcony but what you do with it that matters. People with big balcony can have a sprawling garden while those who have space constraints can go for vertical garden walls,” she says.
Natrajan Sridharan, who has converted the 10ft by 5 ft balcony in his home into a green zone, says, maintaining a balcony garden is simple. “The exciting aspect is that there are many types of designs, plants, pots, garden accessories available. You just need a good idea.”
Perhaps, the most important part is to know what kind of plants would suit a constrained space and variable temperature. Says M.M. Hussain , ex-general secretary of Indian Nurserymen Association and Indian Rose Federation, “Choosing plants depends on where your balcony is. It is not advisable to have fixed planters. Go for pots that are 10 inches, to 15 inches wide. It makes shifting and water-proofing easy. Also the soil should be very porous so that it retains moisture and the plants get more water. Well-decomposed manure is a must too.
Hussain explains how the amount of sunlight varies according to geographical directions. “A north-facing balcony gets no sunlight so it makes sense to grow foliage there. Shade loving plants and creepers/climbers are another option. A balcony facing the East gets mild sun up to 11 a.m. So there can be both foliage and flowering plants. Hibiscus could be a good plant to grow on such a balcony. South and West facing balconies get abundant sun. They are a haven for flowering plants. But in summer, you’ll need to take them inside for sometime.”
Chandramouli S has transformed a small section of his apartment into a private garden. “I’ve always wanted to grow plants and it almost seemed impossible in an apartment. But after visiting a few blogs on gardening, I was inspired and arranged about 40 plants on a portion of the terrace. My garden has been slowly growing in size. Adds Ishrath, ”Invest in plants that can thrive in your city conditions. It is ridiculous to buy seeds from Ooty gardens and plant them in homes here. But at the same time you should keep experimenting, for Nature always springs surprises.”
Natrajan points towards the hype about ‘going green’. He says gardens are not eco-friendly unless organic pesticides such as neem oil, compost from kitchen wastes and proper watering methods are used. I would love to help set-up gardens and also help maintain them.” Ishrath also suggests other ways to go ‘green’ — “Invest in solar powers lights, use mud and terracotta pots instead of plastic and put-up khus or bamboo curtains to keep the place cool. Recycle your kitchen or bath water for your balcony garden.”
And once the plants are in place, decorate the space with some garden accessories. Ishrath suggests bamboo furniture, futons, wicker stools, swings, hammocks, wind chimes and accent pots. “You can also embellish with paintings, murals, terracotta tree art, wrought iron furniture or wall hangings, mirrors, tree trunks, dried flower arrangements, and more. Keep a few flowering plants to attract birds and bees for cross-pollination. Add a bird feeder/ bath. Let your creativity run riot and watch your garden bloom.
Planting an idea
North-facing: Dieffenbachias, Aglaonimas, Philodendrons (bushy and climbing), Syngonium, Scindapsus and Marantas (suitable for humid climate)
East-facing: Impatiens, Spathiphyllum, Anthuriums, Saintpaulia (African Violets), Hibiscus and foliage plants such as Chlorophytum, Ophiopogonis, Eranthumum, graphatophyllums and Aralias
South-and West-facing: Pachystachys, Plumbago, Lantanas, Bougainvilleas, Ixoras inclusive of potted roses, Button roses, Taberna Montanas, Hamelias, Gulphimia, Petunias and Clematis

And the zoomed in version of my pic... :)


Grower Jim said...

Good for you! Too bad there was no mention of the blog.

jsb said...

Enjoyed reading the post on TIP and the Hindu article. I wonder if you know where one can get 'wrought' iron planters for the balcony?

Natti said...

Thanks Jim,
Hopefully they bring out another article where they mention the blog too :)

Natti said...

Hi Jeanne,
Thanks for stopping by. I am finding those grill makers near my locality, give them some designs and get it made. That is the plan as of now.

You can make your own custom designs
Cost effective for sure

Some time needs to be spent explaining the design and following up

Ishrath said...

Hello Balcony Gardener,
It is great to see your blog... and to share the article-space with you. Will keep reading your blog for more. Good luck with your gardening efforts.

Natti said...

Hello Ishrath,
Thanks for visiting. You have a very nicely designed garden.


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Jasmin Eren said...

hello.. its a lovely blog. you have an awesome designed garden.

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