A WALK AROUND MY AMMAMMA’S GARDEN IN MAY

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A WALK AROUND MY AMMAMMA’S GARDEN 

MAY 2017

MY INSPIRATION

My ammamma is my serious inspiration for gardening. She is my grandmother, that is mother’s mother, what I call her as ammamma. Her name is Govindammal Jayavelu. She is being into gardening since many years. Ammamma’s garden has different varieties of fruits and vegetables, from pineapple to lemons. Various colours of flowers. She changes her garden according to seasons, sometimes what she is interested or what is available.

FLOWERS FROM AMMAMMA’S GARDEN

Ammamma manages to get daily harvest from her garden. It may be flowers, greens or lemons whatever. So with that note, I am excited to take you to her garden in the month of May.

MY AMMAMMAS GARDEN

HER GARDENS

A small-medium sized (not too small) space in the backyard is where her main garden lies.

BACKYARD GARDEN

Apart from that, she has terrace gardens, a small front yard or portico garden and some plants in balcony. Yes! Many plants in my granny’s home.

PLANTS IN HER BALCONY

Apart from home consumption, she also provides fruits, flowers, greens, vegetables to neighbours with love. Sometimes she runs a small business with her garden.

FRONT YARD GARDEN

GARDEN TOUR IN THE MONTH OF MAY

Summer in this year 2017, is very much hotter than the last. The highest temperature we experienced in May is 111 Fahrenheit. Most of my plants in my garden back home died. I thought, she was also experiencing the same situation. But to my surprise, her garden is still green.

A WALK AROUND AMMAMMAS GARDEN
AMMAMMAS GARDEN

Ammamma has limited her garden to the main backyard one for the easy maintenance in summer. Still one or two plants thrives in front yard and balcony. She says

Plants are not tolerating this summer heat. So I removed all dead plants. I will start replanting them in July to August, when the climate moderates. Later in January, I will start harvesting them and then comes summer as a break for me. This cycle continues!

PLANTS IN HER GARDEN

VIBRANT, COLOURFUL FLOWERS
Alari / Oleander
ALARI

The following flowering plants are those I saw this vacation. I feel excited to take you all into her garden.

AMMAMMAS GARDEN
ON A CLOSER LOOK

The first plant we see is “alari” which is called as Oleander plant in english.

ALARI PLANT

It is a beautiful plant, with attractive reddish pink flowers.

OLEANDER PLANT
A FULL VIEW OF THE PLANT
Sampanki

The next plant is green “sampanki” flowers, which is called as kodi sampanki. These are the beautiful green flowers, which I like to keep in my hair.

KODI SAMPANKI
SAMPANKI IN HER GARDEN

These are the climbers, can also be considered as a type of wall decor.

Sembaruthi / Hibiscus 
HIBISCUS

Hibiscus in tamil called as “sembaruthi” is the one flower that every gardener love to have in their garden.

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Sembaruthi is an attractive flower. Even one flower in a plant will be pretty enough because of the bright, vibrant colour.

ADUKU SEMBARUTHI

She is having two varieties. One is traditional variety and the other is “aduku sembaruthi”.

ADUKU SEMBARUTHI ON A CLOSER LOOK
Kanagambaram / Fire-cracker flower
KANAGAMBARAM

If you are from city side, then I bet u never know this flower. Because the next flower is “kanagambaram” also called as sun firecracker flower. Its botanical name is Crossandra infundibuliformis.

SUN FIRE CRACKER PLANT

Pretty light orange, reddish yellow and some other colours are there. Currently she is having this beautiful orange coloured flowers. I like this flower myself. It is one of the rare flowers we get today.

AMMAMMAS GARDEN
ON A CLOSER LOOK
Pattu rose / Moss rose
AMMAMMAS GARDEN
BEAUTIFUL PATTU ROSE / MOSS ROSE

Pattu rose also called moss rose or rubyphilominal is again a decorative plants with pretty small roses. It is available in different colours. She is having the white and pink combination.

Jasmine
BLOOMED JASMINE IN HER GARDEN

Jasmine is the other plant that everyone loves. Moreover this is the plant that loves summer.

JASMINE PLANT

Here is the look of a pot with jasmine bloomed in a fine morning.

JASMINES IN ONE FINE SUMMER MORNING
Gardenia
GARDENIA

After jasmine, Gardenia is the flower that has nice pleasant scent. It is the white flowering plant, also loves summer.   

GARDEN
GARDENIA PLANT IN HER GARDEN
NUTRITIOUS GREENS

Ammamma has more than 10 types of greens or called as “keerai”, in her garden. Due to this extreme heat, she has limited greens in her garden.

Karisalankanni / Eclipta prostrata
Eclipta prostrata

Yellow karisalankanni” or also called as bhringraj. The scientific name is  Eclipta prostrata which is rich in iron, calcium and micro nutrients.

MANJAL / YELLOW KARISALANKANNI

Some of the medicinal uses of this karisalankanni keerai are

  •        It is the one cure for Jaundice.
  •        Prevents night blindness.
  •        This specific green is good for teeth, hair and skin.
  •        Karisalankanni keerai is the best treatment for ulcers.
  •        Cures coughs and asthma.
  •        Strengthens liver and helps secretion of bile.
GARDEN
KARISALANKANNI IN HER GARDEN
Murungai / Moringa

The next best green, every doctor prefers is “murungai keerai” also called as moringa in English. The botanical name for this plant is Moringa olifera. The other name is drumstick tree.

DRUMSTICK TREE

Moringa is a familiar green that is beneficial from root to leaves. A complete drumstick tree is edible and highly nutritious.

GREENS SHE HARVESTED ONE DAY

Moringa is rich in iron, calcium, phosphorous, protein and fibre. It has specific benefits for leaves, flower, drumstick, seeds, and roots. Some of the overall benefits are

  •        It increases appetite.
  •        Helps in reducing sugar level in blood.
  •        Juice of moringa leaves helps to reduce body heat and hair loss.
  •        Rich in iron and prevents anaemia.
  •        Reduces headache, body pain.
  •        Acts as antispasmodic.
  •        Provides strength to heart and helps in its proper functioning.
  •        Improves breast milk secretion for pregnant moms.
  •        Kills any worms in the stomach and expels them.
Ponnangani / Sessile joyweed

My favorite green, both growing and eating is “Sessile joyweed” or “Dwarf copperleaf” which is widely called as Red ponnangani keerai.  It is very easy to grow in our gardens with little care.

RED PONNANGANI

It has more benefits and tasty too. Some of the benefits are:

  •        Helps in improving eyesight.
  •        Tones liver.
  •        Removes body heat
  •        Helps in reducing the sugar level in blood
  •        Improves breast milk secretion for pregnant moms.
  •        Helps in strengthening the body.
Curry tree
Ammamma’s Curry plant

These curry leaves are widely used as seasoning in south Asian countries. This tree is a tropical or sub-tropical tree which is native in India and Sri Lanka.

curry plant in my ammamma’s garden

These curry leaves are rich in iron, carbohydrates, phosphorous, vitamins A, B, C & E. Also rich in calcium and fibres. Some of its benefits are:

  •        As rich in iron, fights anaemia.
  •        Helps in reducing cholesterol.
  •        Increases the digestion.
  •        Controls hair fall and greying of hair.
  •        Helps in reducing blood sugar level.
CURRY TREE IN HER GARDEN

Mint

garden weeds
Mint in her garden

Next is the mint. She has mint in her garden. Mint is very easy to grow. For more details about how to grow mint, click here : MINT.

Green chillies

Chillies loves heat. Growing green chillies in summer month is a right choice. Ammamma has a small plant of green chilli in her garden.

chilli plant
Henna
HENNA PLANT IN THE FRONT YARD

Lawsonia inermis is the botanical name of henna. It is widely used in hair dyes and to put mehandi in hands and feet on special occasions.

DECORATIVE PLANTS
AMMAMMAS GARDEN
CROTONS IN HER BACKYARD

Everyone likes crotons. A variety of crotons are available in market now a days. Ammamma too have some crotons in her garden.

DECORATIVE PLANTS / CROTONS IN THE BALCONY

Betel leaves are also called as “vetrilai” in tamil. Ammamma has betel plant just for decorative purpose, also used for some poojas in home.

AMMAMMAS GARDEN
BETEL LEAVES
COMPOSTS

Ammamma has making compost of her own from the kitchen wastes in the corner space of her garden. She provides a good amount of compost and manures for the plants in the regular intervals.

Compost in her garden
DAILY HARVEST

Ammamma gets at least a flower or bunch of different greens. Sometimes more sometimes less, but daily. On that particular day, we got moringa leaves, red ponanganni and drumsticks.

AMMAMMAS GARDEN
HARVEST IN FINE DAY

Comment below if you loved her garden. The story of how she raised this garden will be posted soon. So stay tuned for the series #GardensAroundMe, for more walks and talk about different gardeners and their gardens.

 

14 Replies to “A WALK AROUND MY AMMAMMA’S GARDEN IN MAY”

  1. its very delightful and inspiring!!!!!!!

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Im overwhelmed to see your comments @swathi!!

  2. Great way of living. Grow your own food.

    Try this too
    https://youtu.be/zLEjSaUoJTM

    Thanks and reGards
    Vivasayi.

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Sure! will try!! Thanks @ vivasayi

  3. Really im Surprised!!!!inspiring post 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.keep up 👍🏻.

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Sure 🙂 @ lawan

  4. a very well maintained garden….congrats to your grandma for that…..glad to see about it in your blog…..very inspiring too!!..keep going….hoping to see more posts

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      thanks for your support!

  5. You have spanned the Garden to a mile sq. As though it is not. Nice tale and narration.

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      Glad to hear your response! Thanks @mangai

  6. So Nice And Good Job In OUR Ammamma’s House GUD 😊👏👌👍

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      THANKS YOU @ SRINITHI

  7. Our heaven…😍❤ #nice to c in ur blog…❤

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      yes @ ashwathi! I am quite excited too!!

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