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11-16-2013 11:27 AM

GHOST CHILI - 3 replies

November 17 2013My friend Dr.Karnik who knows my interest in gardening, recently visited the city Guwahati in the North-Eastern state of Aasam in India and brought me a sample of Ghost Pepper, grown profusely in that region. Ghost Pepper was the world’s hottest chili pepper according to Guiness World Record till 2007 but was superseded by the T...

09-22-2013 08:53 AM

African Tulip and Bat - 7 replies

While on my Terrace Garden one evening I heard some sound above African Tulip tree close to my terrace. I looked and found a big bat circling around the tree. I went close and saw the bat hanging on a twig and doing some movements. By chance my camera was at hand and I snapped this video clip. I hope you will enjoy it. The bat was sucking flui...

09-06-2012 07:12 AM

Story of a brave woman - 4 replies

Following is a story of a brave woman from Bishnoi sect from Rajastan, India If a tree can be saved at the cost of my head, then this is a good deal and acceptable to me It was a warm September afternoon in a village called Khejarli. The year was 1730. The men were in their fields. Busy in her work, suddenly, Amritadevi Bishnoi heard the s...

07-12-2012 08:18 AM

Monkey orchid - 6 replies

I received these wonderful pictures of orchids from the south-estern Ecuadorian and Peruvian cloud forests from elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters on one Email and would like to share with you.. Its scientific name is Dracula simian, the last part nodding towards the fact that this remarkable orchid bears more than a passing resemblance to a monk...

05-06-2012 09:41 AM

Marriage Anniversary - 12 replies

To day, 6th May 2012 is our 50th marriage anniversary and spent it happily with family and friends. We passed these 50 years of married life very happily as if we were made for each other. Hope to live to see our great grand children at least! Here are a couple of shots. Sharad

11-26-2011 01:21 AM

Erodium trifolium - 2 replies

The site describes a plant called Erodium trifolium which grows in winter, flowers in early spring and is largely dormant in summer drought. Native to North Africa it is reasonably hardy outdoors in Vancouver. A search for this plant on GT site showed no results. I thought som...

09-30-2011 01:25 AM

Trees - 4 replies

I am sharing one Email with spectacular pictures of trees and a poem. If you have not seen earlier you will enjoy them. Keep an eye on such special trees in your garden or in your vicinity and capture their pictures Sharad The PoemI think that I shall never see A poem love...

08-08-2011 01:57 AM

Pumpkin Pancakes - 7 replies

I could not find exact English name for this recipe. Pancake was the closest word I could find. It may also be called unleavened Indian bread or Puri . Ingredients:Shredded pumpkin or pumpkin cut into small pieces after pealing or grating the skin : 1 cupBrown Sugar (Unrefined or incompletely refined sugar that still retains some molasses, w...

07-23-2011 04:31 AM

A Quiz - 6 replies

A Quiz For People Who Know Gardening 1. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables? 2. What fruit has its seeds on the outside? 3.. It’s the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canne...

07-20-2011 10:28 AM

Gregor Mendel - 4 replies

Today 20th July is the BD of the father of modern genetics. As gardeners you may like to see the following site. Sharad

07-17-2011 12:59 PM

Radish leaves or Tops - 3 replies

Side dish made from tender leaves of radish:Ingredients: 1) One bunch of radish leaves2) One finely chopped onion3) 2 to 3 green chilies (optional)4) Ginger-garlic paste 1tsp5) Cumin seeds ½ tsp6) Mustard seeds ½ tsp7) Gram flour 3 to 4 tbsp 8) Turmeric ¼ tsp9) Vegetable oil as required10) Salt to taste Method:1) ...

07-14-2011 12:14 AM

Matheran Hill Station 14/7/11 - 13 replies

Mahabaleshwar and Matheran are two very beautiful hill stations near Pune. Following are a few pictures of Matheran I received by Email and I am sharing them with you. Hope you will like them. Sharad

02-22-2011 11:11 AM

Birds from Dandeli Forest - 7 replies

Dandeli is a very dense forest in the south of India and rich in flora and fauna. It is also famous for wood used in furniture making. I am sharing four pictures of birds in the forest snapped by Mr. Shreekant Ranade. Sharad

01-17-2011 11:53 AM

Abu Dhabi Trip - 9 replies

We flew to Abu Dhabi on 30th Dec 2010 to witness exhibition matches by some of the top tennis players. The players included Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, T’Songa and Marcos Baghdatis. The object was to watch these players playing , at very close distance. This trip was sponsored by my son and daughter-in-law to ce...

11-10-2010 11:23 AM

More Indian Birds - 30 replies

I am happy to post a few more pictures of Indian Birds by Shrikant. These pictures show how this part of the world is a habitat for such rare and beautiful Avian species. They decorate our forests and gardens. Red Munia Small Minivet Indian Greater Spotted Eagle* Sharad

09-11-2010 01:13 AM

1910 Ford T - 3 replies

I am forwarding a very interesting mail. If you have not seen it earlier enjoy it. Sharad 1910 Ford Model TShow this to your friends, children and/or grandchildren!THE YEAR IS 1910 This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! *The year is 1910 One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics, re...

08-04-2010 03:33 AM

Visual Art by Human Body - 4 replies

I am sharing these pictures I received by Email. As gardeners and lovers of Art I am sure you will enjoy them. Pl see the pictures very carefully to locate the Human figures. Some are obvious but some require very keen attention esp the last, Peacock. Sharad

07-31-2010 08:03 AM


I am forwarding a few sand sculptures by Sudarshan Pattnaik, I received through Email. As an impoverished child, Sudarsan Pattnaik would go to his local beach and build sand castles. Little did the youngster from Orissa, India , realize his hobby would make him famous and wealthy. He says that people gather round to watch him create sand sculpt...

07-16-2010 02:58 PM

Wild Flowers and Butterflies - 10 replies

I am posting a few breathtaking photographs of some wild flowers and butterflies taken by Mr Vivek Kale who earlier gave us the pictures of Giant Squirrel posted a few days back. These have been taken at forests, river banks and hills not very far from Pune, my city. Drosera burmannii is an insectivorous plant. I am sure you will like them. ...

07-05-2010 12:58 PM

June Blooms - 6 replies

<div></div> I am presenting my first slide show by posting June Blooms. The title Gulbakshi, is the local name for Four O’Clocks. The leaves of Beetal Nuts and Taro or Colocasia are edible. The Taro leaves are seasonal and are used for culinary purpose. A very tasty curry is made by cutting the leaves to small pieces, cooked by adding...

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