Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Everybody ...off the grass ... ;)



 
 Hey look whose in my garden ... :) ... while I was hunting around for the right grass for the lawn,I found these two ... at one of the local nurseries ... and while there was absolute chaos in my garden , yesterday ...  these two looked like two confused babies waiting for me to settle them in....

... the delivery for the grass arrived early morning yesterday ... and all hell broke loose ...I was way over excited to see my grass ... and then  ...  well ! no handymen to help the driver unload ... ??? ...  ahhha ... iron maiden to the rescue ... (o.k so I am nursing soar arms while I write) ... ;) ...

 
... have you heard the saying ...'the moment you hit the shower ... the door bell rings ' ... :)... hmmm ... that's quite how it works with my gardener ... the moment I help unload the last roll of grass ... BOOM ... Chandan Singh ... appears ... wooaa  ... where did he come from... well ! there he is ... Ladies and Gentlemen  meet ... my gardener Chandan Singh ... he's not a bad guy really ... I just have to catch up with all his tricks ... ;)

 
... o.k, so  I shooed Aimee away just as she was about to do her ... upside-down ... rolly-polly dance on the tiny patch that was just about getting carpetted  ...when the other devil made an appearence to let mom know ... the paddling pool would be out right after the lawn was laid ... EXCUSE ME !!!

Well ! ... with the kids out of the way ...we are back to rolling out the grass ... propping here and there the few pots that I plan to have  ...

and once we were done ... one end that looked like this  ...  before

 ... is now begining to look something like this ...and if you haven't already got an idea about how tiny is my little city garden  ... well ! its about 7' x 40' ... :)  ... which means, I have  to be very sure of how I plan my urban oasis ... and yes! I do work with a proper drawing layout of the area ...  it helps avoid mistakes ... helps stay focused on the design  ...to remember the feel you are looking to create ... 'cause once the entire thing gets underway ... and you are surrounded by all the beauitful plants ... your  heart says ... you'll find a place for that one  ...and that one too ... and that and yes, that lilttle one too ...  phew!  so I always need that plan ...

... and what with the rain Gods ... all happy these days ... our little landscaping has taken off at a good time to be healthy and well settled  by the end of this season ... and I still have time to continue hunting for just the right bouganvilleas ...
... I sure had to do a lot of home work before I decided which grass to pick for the lawn ... incase, you are curious ... or stuck with the decision  for your lawn ... shoot me a mail or leave me a comment ... I know how it was like ... hell! I couldn't even find the pictures on the net to relate with the local names ...  so with no luck in finding what Mexican grass looks like and  no particular liking for the 3 grades of what the nursery men call the Selection grass ... I picked the locally called Nilgiri ...
Hope to hear all your lovely comments about my new landscaping endeavour ... and all the planning and drawing part should make for some more posts in the near future , here ... :)

30 comments:

Sakala said...

Rajee, where did you get the wire animals from? Would love to have something like that in my garden.

Rajee Sood said...

tucked away in a corner at the local nursery ... don't wknow about Doha, but you should find them since they are used for topiaries ... :)

Three Drinks Ahead said...

Been reading your blog for a while. De-lurking for the first time. :)
Would love to see what the Deer babies turn out like. Do post pictures soon. :)

Laura said...

Ooh, pretty! I love brand-new grass, still rough around the edges. What a lovely garden :o)

Bhavna said...

Ha ha...nice excuse the buy the 'babies' ;-)

I love the feel of fresh grass...arenb't grass carpets one of the best things ever invented?

P.S: Try the TERI nursery. It's massive, with a lot of hard to find plants.

purplehomes said...

awesome! would love to see how the deer babies grow:)

Patricia Torres said...

the grass looks gorgeous.. but the wired babies are more awesome.. than ever!!! well done!! lovely find.. I think I need to go shopping with you.. :-)

Shivani Negi said...

browsing through the blogs toppled over to yours..you have a lovely blog..and I too have that little green finger...like you..so have a great time in your garden..love Shivani

shilpa said...

Beautiful patch of garden, love the way you have places the animals,they look comfortable in their new home:)

Anonymous said...

Is this in a balcony? juts curious

Anonymous said...

hmm..is this ur bldg balcony

Rajee Sood said...

Hi @ THree Drinks Ahead,
Am I glad you decided on delurking ... :)Have to say my pleasure ,and would love to hear more from you. The pictures are sure going to be due ... but you midht need to wait a while before the plants start to take shape inside them ... and ofcourse I do plan to cover them with fairy lights come Christmas ... ;)Psst ... that was just sharing my thoughts ... ;)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Laura,
THankyou ... I really did feel like a lil' girl ... couldn't keep off the grass ... :)This sure is my version of a candy store ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Bhavna,
I can do with a lot of excuses these days ... ;)Ah! yes ... love the instant magic of carpet grass ... and I will be waiting for the directions to TERI nursery ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Prachi,
Actually, one is a deer the other is a giraffe ... and those pictures ... soon as the plants are taking some shape ... will post hem ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Patricia,
Will sure keep my days free when you plan to come to India for some shopping ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Shivani,
Am I glad you rolled over to my blog ... and it will sure be lovely to hear more from another gardening girl ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Shilpa,
I really am enjoying myself in my lil' urban band aid size garden ... thought I'd bring in some more life with these two ... glad you too enjoyed them ... would love to hear more often your thoughts about happening here on my blog ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Anonymous and Anonymous,
Since both of you ask the same question... well here goes ... it is not technically a balcony 'cause I have the ground floor flat ... but since there is a basement so mu garden has a concret base and it is about 24" deep... with drain to carry away water and avoid flooding. In that respect it is the same way one would make a terrace garden ... waterproofing and all ... :)

Deepa Raman said...

everybody..off the grass..

Neha said...

Rajee - very creative!!! who said city dwellers had to do without the joys of gardening!!! :) great work!

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Kishmeesh said...

Good work , nice blog.

Anpu said...

Lovely Rajee...your own oasis in the middle of Delhi! Cant wait to see your garden settle and start blooming...:-)
I picked up the seeds for that Purple leaves plant that you spotted on my patio...

Tinkerbell Tam Tam said...

Hi Rajee, have followed your blog for a while...Like you I have moved from living outside India to Mumbai and am now in Gurgaon. I love what you have done to your home and also the fact that you share it with us. I wanted to pick you brains on a nursery reccomendation here in Gurgaon. I really want to get some plants on my balcony and thought you may have some pointers. Thanks for your help. Really appreciate it! :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi there @Tinkerbell Tam Tam,
Would sure love to help you ,can you mail me at rajeesood@gmail.com ... :)And by the way you got me by that name of your blog ... I am right now going through a heavy case of pixie hollow addiction ... and aah! my lil' has nothing to do with it ... ;)

Sandy said...

Hi Rajee,

Any negatives you could see of Nilgiri grass. As I have been searching through about Nilgiri I have found, experts mentioning that the grass hurts if you walk barefoot, also if not mowed regularly, yellow patches appear. Could you please throw some light on your own experience with this grass. ALso why did you choose against selection no.1?

XYZ said...

Hi Rajee, all this while I had been looking for grass for my garden and your blog comes as breather. Please let me know the contact to find this grass and what does it costs?

Rajee Sood said...

Hi XYZ,
I am not sure where you are located ... but here in North India ... its called Nilgiri ... is far more delicate than the other varieties ... but I love the fine blades of the grass.
If you are in the same region ... then any nursery can have it or source it for you.
In case you need any more help... just feel free to mail me at ... rajeesood(at)gmail(dot)com

savysuraj said...

Hi,
I was just searching from where to get natural grass roll and came across your blog, really nice garden you have and would love to see latest pics, also would like an advice if you know any good contact towards east delhi from where i can get grass roll nilgiri or selection no 1 about for area of 60 Sq Feet, as i also have just a small space in from of my home where i want to plant the grass however i am not able to find a retailer in delhi who can source this much amount of grass. Would love your feedback
Thanks
Sid

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