Friday, July 20, 2012

Bright and cheerful in the morning


At the break of dawn, when the sky is spreading light, I climb the steps to the second floor terrace, to look at the sky, the clouds,birds chirping and enjoy the cool breeze on my face. During the last week, this daily routine was pleasantly distracted by a welcome sight on the parapet wall, which comes into view, as  I ascend the steps. I could see this cheerful yellow greeting me at the same angle , past few days..

first sighting of the flower , taken from mobile phone.




First it was one flower, today ,three. I look at it, feeling a kind of warmth spreading over me,bringing  a smile on my face. I welcome the flower and go near it to see its bright yellow color, which can be seen from across the road, by the apartments lining our opposite colony. I am grateful that my garden is spreading cheer ,to the passer by in the morning, since no one can overlook that color and the big flowers. The bees are soon engaged with the flower, and within no time, I see the flower closes, say by 9 a.m.
I am curious to know what is the fruit going to be , a pumpkin/dosakay or whatever.I am not methodical gardener, I do not keep record of what I germinated. I do not know when  the seed was sown, and how the plant grew. I only knew it was fighting even the terrible summer and withstood my scanty watering. Once the rain started, it simply revived itself and now flowers! On the first day , I could not see any female flowers, second day too, many male flowers were blooming. In frustration I plucked out some buds , which I presumed are male. Today , I find the plant is giving female buds too..Hey.... You can see them ,in the picture.
I do not know whether it can withstand the fruiting, or fruiting will be a success, since the pot is too small for such a sturdy creeper. I have tried to give some support, and gave a good dose of nutrition.  keeping my fingers crossed for the first pollination and fruit development.
Today some more..


After all the plant gave me a message - be cheerful, anything can happen!
So waiting... cheerfully!
From  http://gardenerat60.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/bright-and-cheerful-in-the-morning/  reposted here due to Indiblogger problem :-)

27 comments:

  1. Looks like a pumpkin plant to me... :)

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  2. Lovely!! I just love yellow :)

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  3. ..a pumpkin I guess:):)

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  4. Nice post.All simple messages in the life we get from those very natural and simple things.

    PS:I think you can leave your little introduction in "about me " in English also if you are not very keen to be anonymous.

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  6. Thanks Mohan Chandragaru.At my age, I am glad I have the time to enjoy these.

    There is little story here.

    This started as bi-lingual blog initially, with social issues.I could not make Tamizh readers interested. One reader was very dismissive of the bi lingual blogs.I bifurcated this blog into two( tamil and English,and traffic did increase!!!

    Meanwhile Gardnerat60 happened, in WordPress. I had kept the garden issues separately.

    In the long run all got jumbled.:-)

    Hope to set it right soon.

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  7. Gret breakthroughs at the break of dawn. Wish you taste the fruits soon.

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    1. Hi Umashankar, Thanks. It inspires me to get up early.

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  8. @jaish_vats,@Ruchi, and @AmitAag
    Thanks!

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  9. Nice photos of the flowers.

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  10. These are male flower--and they come first...Female flowers come later n will develop a tiny baby pumpkin located between the stem and the flower.:))
    The plant looks so healthy! touch wood.. !!

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  11. Lovely pictures and equally lovely write up. The optimism you cherish in your heart is inspiring.

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    1. Thanks Matheikal, liked the comment very much.

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    1. Thanks Magic eye.The Ipod was very helpful in my untrained hands, to capture that cheer.

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  13. Very Beautiful & cheerful post, like the flowers shown.
    Thanks for sharing. All the Best.

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    1. Thanks Gopalakrishnan sir!

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  14. i got a pumpkin harvested in my home, looks like yours is also going to be a pumkin :) lovely yellow flower

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    1. Hi Meoww. Thanks, I hope so too.

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  15. Some kind of gourd is my guess from the look of the flower. Pumpkin flowers have slightly more sharp tipped petals.

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    1. Yeah Indrani, I am also wondering how this will shape up. Waiting for the female flowers to open up.

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  16. Nice detail on the charming flowers of yellow. So bright and colorful!

    Cheers! :)

    Btw. Surprise to know that Pattu’s terrace Garden was also yours and glad to see your photos there :)

    Good night

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    1. Jeevan, thanks for your comments. After a long time I am writing to you.
      Yes, surprises are pleasant aren't they.
      Gald you found that blog .

      Please have a look at that blog too and share your observations.

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  17. The first two are definitely of pumpkin but the third one does not look like a pumpkin flower..do let us know as the fruit comes out..

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  18. Welcome here Ranita. I will post the developments.Thanks.

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  19. Pumpkin it is. In my childhood days I used to carefully see that polination happens. :) These flowers taste good when fried with corn flour.

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    1. Thanks Sabyasachiji. Yes, I fired it too, but with besan. The female flowers are not opening yet, I have lots of bees visiting the terrace, so pollination is not a problem. Waiting...

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