Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Visit To Dreamflower Nursery

It's a bright sunny November morning as I head towards Dreamflower
nursery on the outskirts of Guwahati. The planting season has started
and everyone's either digging, weeding, sowing or making a beeline for
nurseries. I'd been here before. Not only is the collection good but
it is situated on a slope. Because of the terrain the area has been
divided into sections. The biggest attraction at the moment are the
seasonal flowers. There were hundreds of pots and plastic bags of
marigold, petunia, dianthus, chrysanthemums, phlox, nasturtium,
dahlia, hollyhock, salvia, cockscomb, roses, gladioli bulbs....

The hill on the opposite side of the road. The dry and dusty look
of winter has'nt arrived but it'll be here soon.

Marigolds and crotons galore!

There were dozens of butterflies flitting about but most of them
were attracted to the Mexican Heather.

Mussanda still blooms...

The Powder Puff or Fairy Duster blooming in profusion. I loved
every moment of my visit to this place. And of course I came back
with a good haul-- many of which will be the subjects of my future


Linda Lunda said...

Did you buy anything then???
Ther where plenty of fantastic plants I most say!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Oh yes, Linda...I got quite a few flowering plants including a nice white Ixora which is a dwarf variety. And bulbs too! I even got portulaca in two different colours!!

Linda Lunda said...

Ohh.. you have to let us see!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful place to visit. I especially loved your photo of the Mexican heather with the butterflies. We definitely want to see all the plants your purchased.

tina said...

Wow! So neat to see this in India and quite a bit opposite of us here. We show fall plants if any in the nurseries. Love those marigolds! Can't wait to see what you came home with. Any room for the driver in the auto?:)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the goodies you brought back with you! That looks like a large nursery with those rows & rows of beautiful plants blooming their hearts out. How lucky you are to be able to grow year round!

easygardener said...

What a lovely nursery and so many tempting plants. I'm sure you had a great time choosing some.

walk2write said...

We won't even think about winter when we have some posts to look forward to from your garden, Kanak. That nursery looks interesting situated on the hillside. What is the soil like there? Does it have any volcanic elements? Everything looks so lush!

Viooltje said...

Good for you, I can only wish you a delightful growing season! I dared not to read you post , as anything to do with the word nursery causes excessive salivation over here. But I managed to read through LOL, paying little attention to the photos. Enjoy !

Kanak Hagjer said...

You will, Mildred, you will!!

Tina, it was crammed!:)But managed somehow! Many have been planted and because my space isn't much I've really had to r.a.c.k my brains to accommodate them.

That's true Racquel. I know you're occupied with other interests when you don't garden but being such plant lovers, it must be difficult NOT to think about the garden/ing during winter.
Yes, it's a large place with different levels because of the slope. There's a fishery too though I didn't check that out.

Easygardener, I loved every moment of it! Not in these pictures but blooming away to glory were...hibiscus, roses, anthuriums, portulacas too! I didn't buy anything from the vegetable section...I had to save space for tomatoes!

W2W, hi! No volcanic elements in the soil but nurseries usually use alluvial soil from the Brahmaputra river. Very popular with gardeners one can even buy this type of soil from nurseries. That, teamed with cowdung manure works wonders!

That sort of green you see on the hill is all over the north-east. It's lush most part of the year except in winter when there's hardly any rainfall so dust settles on the leaves!

Viooltje, my God...excessive salivation? Delightful way of putting it...thanks, will surely enjoy!

marmee said...

so many great plants, did you bring any home? we have no real plants in the nursies except some annuals. my local garden center just had a night with christmas decor and hors d'oeuvres. of course i bought some things for christmas.

Rhonda said...

Oh, I am so jealous that your gardening season is in full swing. We are winding down for several months of non gardening. Though it is the planning time and I still have bulbs to plant and pruning to do. The nursery is so full of plants, It made me want to grab a ton of them. I love that time of year, so full of possibilities.

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Our garden centers are loaded with new plants as well. I'm am trying really hard not to buy anymore. Now days I'm more into multiplying what I have from cuttings... it's been really fun. Can't wait to see what you will be doing with your "haul". It really is great to be able to garden all year long isn't it?

Susie said...

Well I was beginning to wonder if you bought anything. That nursery looks really nice. Fun to see the crotons. Those are really popular here in my area for fall but we weren't able to find any this year. We had lots of customers wanting them though.

Can't wait to see what you bought.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Marmee, I did and will be posting soon. Your Christmas decorations must be very pretty!

Rhonda, I spent half the summer drooling over Blotanical pics of stunning blooms, yours very much included. Rain was bad this year--flooding and the soil was forever wet. I'm loving every bit of it now!

It is, Meems, but as I was telling Rhonda...the rains!!! After a year or so I'll have to stop buying plants and like you propagate from cuttings. Oooh as I write this your caladiums and all the other 'good- looking' plants come to mind!

Susie, will post soon. Glad you liked the nursery and the crotons!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with us, I visited a nursery on my visit to India but it was nothing compared to this, lovely Kanak.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks, Tyra. There are some more bigger ones but they're about 30kms away. And because of the demand we've seen them grow...and grow...Maybe I'll be able to show some of them later. I'm glad you liked the place.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Kanak it's me again Tyra would you consider an link exchange?
I have just added yours :-)

Kanak Hagjer said...

Tyra, thanks. You'll be on mine too!

Frances said...

Hi Kanak, what a delightful name for a nursery. It must have been hard to choose who would get to come home with you, or do the plants just jump into your cart? That happens to me sometimes.

Titania said...

A lovely nursery with lots of goodies. I am looking forward to see your bounty. Thank you Kanak for your comment I appreciate it so much. Have a lovely week and happy planting.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Frances, I do make a mental list before setting off but once I get there the list goes for a six. It's difficult not to be tempted!!
Thanks for visiting.

Trudi, glad you like (the photos of) the place...would definitely love to see photos of your grand-daughters from time to time...

West Coast Island Gardener said...

Kanak, as ever I am warmed by the glow of your post.

It brightens the misty rain of November where the fog horn blows deep and forboding from the sea here - to know there are butterflies flitting about Kanak and her potty purchases at a fabulous place called Dreamflower nurseries in the exotic outskirts of Guwahati.

What a fabulous planet we are sitting on!

Regards from out of the misty wet coast of Vancouver Island.

- Shauna

Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Shauna,
That must be SO cold but the mist must be very beautiful too!

Living in a hot region, I cannot imagine how cold certain places can be...and I'm talking about vacationing in the foothills of the Himalayas...frost in October, snowcapped mountains through the hotel window...I thought I'd freeze to death! That's the coldest I have experienced! And it wasn't even snowing!!!

But for us, this really is the best time of the year! It isn't only gardens but there's a lot of activity on the social front too. Not having to defy heat and humidity makes life and living so much easier!

Thank you for your love, lovely comment. I hope I can spread some more warmth from time to time...:)

Carla said...

What a beautiful nursery! I just love the rows and rows of baby plants!