Sunday, 31 October 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Sunday, 17 October 2010
|Exotic yellow flowers that makes the day even brighter.|
|No matter how small is the flower, it can make you stop and appreciate its beauty.|
|Sun rises behind this beautiful Allamanda vine making the flowers even more beautiful.|
|Another Allamanda that makes me smile. Its right next to the door.|
|They are caged but at least they are a part of my garden. Their chirping creates a wild ambiance.|
|It does nothing. Usually people think its a stuffed bird.|
|I planted the a very thick cutting of the scared fig tree for bonsai making. It has sprouted!!|
|All the seeds of the flowers that I planted few days back have sprouted.|
Friday, 15 October 2010
|Poster for World Food Day 2010 by FAO of UNO|
One billion people are hungry and I am so angry! Next time you are having your favorite meal at a restaurant, remember that 1 billion people around the world are facing chronic hunger. When we eat more than we need, we are making someone, somewhere starve.
The plate is half empty
It is extremely heart rending to know that more than 18 million out of 1 billion figure belong to our own country. Half of our country’s population is facing food insecurity. Can we even imagine how that feels?
I felt sorry for such people before, but the recent flood has bought who live below the poverty line closer to us. It makes my heart ache to learn what life is like for people who do not know when they will get their next meal.
The eating day
Sadly, a large percentage of people suffering from poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition are living near us in the cities. There are families in Karachi who have days fixed for their meals. Each day one member eats and all the others wait for their turn.
We all know it is the responsibility of the government to end hunger, but I think that we, as a nation are more powerful. It’s time we take charge and be the change that our country needs.
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations) is observing World Food Day . The purpose of which is to shake up politicians around the globe to end the food crisis. But we are not going to wait for the government to take action.
What can we do
Lets sign the petition and make a resolution today that we will act to end hunger. How do we do that?
Here are some ideas.
- Adopt an area and encourage community farming by provide the residents with gardening tools, seeds and basic knowledge.
- Plant a fruit tree for the poor
- Present some vegetable plants to such families
- If you have your own restaurant, why not have a share for the poor?
- There are some NGOs working to provide free meals to the poor. Help them.
- If you are growing crops on a large scale, share your crops with needy families.
( published :Express Tribune blogs- 16th Oct, 2010)
Sunday, 10 October 2010
|A present from www.muslimgrower.com :)|
The best present a gardener can get is a packet of seeds of his(or her) favorite flowers or crops.
I recived my large parcel packed with an amazing selection of seeds by Rizwan of Muslimgrower.com day before yesterday. It contains some herbs, flowers and vegetable seeds. All that I love!
The most special pack among those is the seed pack of dwraf sweet peas because these are the seeds from Rizwan' garden in Luton.
This morning I decided to sow some flowers that Rizwan sent me and some that I bought for my garden. I started off by filling my 5 inch pots with soil and making tags for the flowers I wanted to grow. Flowers that I planted are Nasturtium, Pansies( mix), Hollyhock( rosea), Stock, Sweet Peas(dwarfs) and Night scented flowers.
I used sieved compost to cover my seeds lightly. placed the tags, watered with a soft shower and placed them in sun. Soon my seedlings will appear and soon after that, my garden will be filled with winter colors.
Welcome winters by sowing some winter flower.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
|Dessert Pine ( Before)|
|Dessert Pine Bonsai ( after)|
I spent this afternoon trying to make my first shari on a bonsai. We have bonsai making classes on every Saturday at Com. Khalid Sohail's ( V.P Bonsai Society of Pakistan) place here in Karachi but somehow I have not been able to post about any one of them yet. Here are the photos of the plant before and after I was done with it. Almost chopped off my thumb in the process.
( ps. just noticed that I need to cut extra wires. bad pic.too much shari. i am learning!)
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Saturday mornings cannot get any better than this. As usual I was up early for my bonsai class. Stopped at a plant nursery at Karsaz where these stunningly vibrant marigolds were blooming. This is a first sign of winters:)