“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. “— Alfred Austin
Constructing Expresses highways, building bigger apartments and shopping malls have become a mark of development in this super modern era. What we are forgetting is that the eco system we are nurturing lacks nature in it. It is an environment that has no colours to see, no scent to smell and no air to breathe.
We reached an era where the air we breathe has large amounts of carbon monoxide than oxygen. We need to recognise the role of flora now more than ever. I feel developing a connection with nature is the only way that can help us avert the path of destruction.
My bonding with nature stems from my mother who has her world of leafy friends. My mom is a big-time plant enthusiast, and since my childhood, I have seen her grow plants in whatever little space we had. She taught me the importance of leaving the flowers on the plant instead of plucking them. I could see how deeply she cared for her them, and I personally learned a lot by observing her do that.
You might wonder how I do that in a small house like my mom. I know it is a challenge as we all live in a concrete jungle. But if you will, you will find a way! So many of us have already done that and come up with concepts like indoor and terrace gardening. I am not sure if my dream of owning a small house with a vast garden in the backyard will ever come true any time soon. But, for the time being, I made sure I have my own tiny Eden in the balcony and on the terrace of the house we live in. I grow herbs, flowers in my balcony and vegetable on the rooftop/terrace.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.Gertrude Jekyll
Next on my list is to decorate my room with as many indoor plants as possible. Obviously the inspiration comes from those beautiful pictures posted on social media. While I was browsing through those pictures I fell up on a surprising question in the comment section. It haunted me like it did to many others too. Question is, ‘Wouldn’t growing indoor plants increase the carbon dioxide levels in the room?’
Let us break this misconceived myth
Generally, there is a confusion between carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide among people. The smoke from the vehicles and burning fossil fuels produce a large amount of carbon monoxide which is harmful to human health. On the contrary, small plants do not breathe out carbon dioxide in such large quantities. In fact small plants produce carbon dioxide lesser than what an average human exhales. Also a study by NASA reveals that plants help in purifying indoor air by filtering pollutants like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and benzene from the air. This proves that sleeping in a room filled with plants is a far better than sleeping in an AC room (wink).
When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.— Minnie Aumonier
Growing plants can also help us stay healthy in different ways. Spending an hour in taking care of plants, trimming the bug infected leaves, watering and nourishing them can indirectly add a flurry of physical activity in our daily routine. Not just that, it is a fact that looking at the green colour will help you relax and give you a sense of peace. Well, what better way to do it than growing a teeny weeny garden just beside your room in your balcony. Staying close to nature helps us heal quickly; emotionally or otherwise. Even a small action such as touching a leaf of a plant for a minute or two can bring down the stress levels enormously. Coming to me, I spend more than an hour taking care of my plants, feeling the tenderness of the leaves and talking to them. I believe they respond to me in their own way.
When I am happy,
When I am sullen,
When I am sad,
When I am emotionally overwhelmed,
I just stare outside my window,
The leaves, the stem, the petals jump at once,
Look at me and talk to me from the balcony.
I am participating in the #WordsMatter Blog Hop. The prompt for this month is “Outside My Window”. I received this tag from Holly Jahangiri at A Fresh Prespective. It’s my pleasure to pass on this tag to Suchita Agarwal at Tales of Suchita.
There are 47 of us on this Blog Hop and it will be spread over 3 days – 2, 3 & 4 August. Do follow the #WordsMatter Blog Hop and prepare to be surprised!
Thats all for today folks. I sign off with a hope to see you soon!
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I love your potted plants. I myself like to be surrounded by plants. They indeed make me feel at peace. Enjoyed reading your post
Agree with you, gardening is a calming natural escape from our daily busy life. It’s so wonderful that you have created a green space around you. I dont have a green thumb but I am learning to change that and hoping to have a small part of nature in my balcony too. Thanks for the inspiration, Keerthi.
Such a gorgeous heaven you have there. Kudos to you for keeping them alive – I know I would fail at that.
Wonderful, Keerthi. Your love for plants comes through so strongly. I would love to learn more from you.
Having greens at home is such a blessing Keerthi, also therapeutic! You are lucky you are ingrained with the idea of having plants at home. In awe of your beautiful plants! Indoor plants like sensiviera, peace lily, money plant increase oxygen content in the rooms they are grown. Lovely post!!
Wonderful post, Each and every quote is so true and shows your gardening love.
Inspirational post for all looking to have their own green-space Outside the window.
the very first picture of the jasmine is so inviting, soothing. Felt as if its ready to start conversation with me and is surprised to see me staring at it.
I absolutely agree that one should always nurture a green thumb no matter how much one is short of space. For little greens always boost the morale or add to cheerfulness whichever way you look at it.
Once again I fell in love with your photography. Its different and amazing, Keerthi!
Hi Keerthi. Such beautiful little friends you have – blessed indeed! Space is never a problem, when you have the passion, path automatically unfurls and you are the best example. ?
Oh I love having plants around too. In fact two of my friends got me gorgeous greens in equally gorgeous planters as a house warming gift and I was ever so pleased. I do not have a particularly green thumb but I keep blundering along, doing my best only because we always had a large garden during my growing up years. It’s a habit I find tough to break.
Gorgeous pics, Keerthi! Wowsome! And yes, as I mentioned on my post as well – nature heals! 🙂 Thank you for participating in the bloghop. Hope you are having fun!
Loved the first quote. Its so true.. Nice to know about indoor plants usage. Even i got my little garden in my balcony, love to see them in the morning. All pics are awesome..
Hi five! I love plants too. In fact, I enjoy growing food as well.
What stunning captures, Kheer!! Your inherited love for gardening is truly inspirational, and tells us that we can change the view outside our window, no matter what.
I love your plants. I wish I had a green thumb. Living in an apartment I miss the greens I have grown up living with. Maybe I can try again? Your post is inspiring:)
Wow, wonderful plants you have Keerthi. Your love for gardening is shown through this post of yours
What gorgeous pics Keerthi and you are right about connecting with nature in whatever way we can. Its brilliant to see you using your space so well to green your surroundings.
Love your plants. I love gardening too. It’s relaxing to see greenery around.
I love gardening too and have done as much as I could on my balcony and windowsills.Loved your stories.My daughter is seven and never plucks flowrrs either.
I love plants 🙂 And I work in a campus filled with greenery, so am happy. I loved your clicks, and yes, nature is important! Beautiful post.
I love the idea of having a balcony garden though I have never been corageous enough to have one. I fear I might kill the plants for numerous reasons. Your thriving potted plants make up for a happy sight.
Oh how I would love to maintain a big garden one day! The heat is unbearable in the summers here. Plants rarely survive. But I do have a few indoor plants. I love the quotes that you shared. So true.
I am like you and my Mum is like yours 🙂 I also got the love of plants from my mother. Though she has a greener thumb, I also enjoy taking care of plants. Like you my dream is to have a big garden and a kitchen garden. In India and living in Bangalore, that is not possible. Rather not affordable. I have a small balcony on 2nd floor and I have many small plants. I love them all.
Thank you for joining #WordsMatter, Keerthi. Your post made me feel at home.