Flowers of Sri Lanka: Outdoor bloom and indoor bloom
Outdoor plants can be grouped into two sections as outdoor flowering
plants. Bougainvillea, rose, chrysanthemum, carnation, euphorbia are
called hardy plants. They can be divided as bushes, creepers, border
plants and Arlsoratum trees. Outdoor plants that do not produce flowers
have colourful leaves.
Though flowering plants bloom in season, trees that have various
shades of leaves are for keeps. Colias, croton, cordiline, palms and
acalypha fall into this category. Plants show their necessity to
sunlight by bending towards the rays of sunlight.
These species are not large in size. They possess small leaves. They
enjoy moisture and produce colourful flowers and leaves. Apart from
anthurium, orchids, begonias and birdís nests, most of the flowers
this group are exported. These indoor plants are very
sensitive to their environment. Therefore they demand much of your
Plants that prefer shade should be provided with their requirements
with care. Shade could be supplied by either planting them under larger
trees or in net houses. The most suitable method is to plant them inside
a net house because this overlooks the amount of sunlight that they
The shade of sunlight differs according to the time of day though the
plant may be under the shade of a larger tree. If too much or too less
sunlight is given to these plants, it affects their system and this may
result with less bloom or less colour in their leaves.
If you are a person who complains that the plants in your garden do
not bloom then think again.
Find out whether your plants are getting the required amount of
sunlight. It is never too late to take action and find a solution to
(The writer is the Agriculture Instructor of Royal Botanical Gardens,
The Benefits of Gardening
Gardening is a great way to connect with the earth, reduce stress,
increase creativity and promote relaxation. Three good reasons you
should get down and dirty in a garden:
Gardening is therapeutic. There is even an emerging medical art known
as horticultural therapy.
People with all types of health conditions, schoolchildren, even
prison inmates, are encouraged to learn about new plants and envision
creative ways to arrange them in the ground as a way to provide a sense
of accomplishment and improve self-image.
Gardening is spiritual. Aside from delighting your senses with color,
texture and scents, gardening enables you to connect with nature.
Digging your hands through the soil and handling delicate plants can
feed the soul.
Gardening is exercise. Gardening is a low-impact activity that
improves flexibility through bending and stretching, and has been shown
to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, donít let it
replace your walking regime or other regular aerobic exercise - do both,
for maximum benefits.
Our horsy and pony friends
Horses are pretty impressive pets, but you need plenty of space and
time to look after them.
Grooming helps to tone the horseís muscles, clean its skin and keep
its coat healthy. It is a good bonding exercise between the horse and
its owner. Horses are very tactile creatures - they will nuzzle one
another in a paddock - and so they usually like being groomed. Itís
similar to getting a massage. Horses that are kept in paddocks sometimes
like to groom themselves with a good roll on the ground.
Dos and doníts related to horses
* Horses have a very good sense of smell, better than humans. They
are able to smell fear on humans so they will know if you are afraid.
* Horsesí sight is also different to humans, because they have a long
narrow head with eyes on either side. They canít see the tip of their
nose so you have to remember this when you approach them. You also need
to remember that if they glimpse someone too close to their rear, they
might buck or kick them.
* Horses will need to trust you. Talk to the horse as you approach it
and give it a pat on the withers when you are standing by it.
* You can always tell if a horse is in a bad mood. Its ears will be
laid back, or the horse will tense up beneath your hand, or it will
start stamping its feet.
* Horses are very expensive and high maintenance.