Tending to balcony garden has been long overdue. I lost some plants this summer to pests including my favorite orange hibiscus which has flowered maniacally over the past two years. Sometimes, the white sticky pest you see on these plants come from the neighboring infected ones or there could be something wrong with the soil itself. In this case, it came from the adjacent white hibiscus.

It was a busy gardening day yesterday. Got half a dozen plants from the Jeevan Bhima Nagar nursery. If you haven’t been in a while, it’s a good time to drop by as the nursery is well stocked with flowering plants, edible herbs and vegetables. I picked a 7-layered scented jasmine, large red hybrid hibiscus, Ixora red,  okra/ladies finger/bhindi, hilli, and tulsi. Repotted them myself so it was quite some task but loved every bit of it. Redecorating the balcony is in store over thenext few weeks. So stay tuned..meanwhile I leave you with images of the new plants..

See you Monday!

Image courtesy:

Chilli – (missyredboots)

Garlic Chives (slideshowmom)


  1. I created my little green patch a few months back after seeing some inspiring posts in decor blogs that I watch, including yours. I like your garden posts. When I bought those plants little did I know that I had to fight pests too! The decor blogs didn’t have any posts about it.
    The white thing called the mealy bug is killing my beautiful yellow hibiscus. I tried killing them one by one. Then I tried (detergent) soap water. There were no issues for a couple of weeks but I saw a few of them today. I am ready to fight them tomorrow. There is a black bug similar to the mealy bug on my Coleus. I tried soap water on it too. It seems to work for now. Will wait and watch.
    Sorry this comment grew big enough to become a separate blog post!

  2. laksh

    Thank you for your comment, Jyoti. Not at all…so what if the comment grew big. I’m sure your tricks will benefit everyone. Actually, as you did, dishwash/soap water is a proven effective method.

  3. Thanks for replying. I’ve read most of your posts and I really like your blog. Got your link from blogadda.

  4. hi,
    can u plz let me know where did u get seeds from.
    specially herbs

  5. laksh

    Hi Neha: If you live in Bangalore, you can get it from any nursery or Lal Bagh.

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