Flowers Birds Butterflies etc in my terrace garden

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

From my terrace garden in Mumbai.

  Let the photos speak for themselves!   Updated every now and then. 

Also included are some wild orchids of this region which Ive collected from a forest which is now destroyed - a dam site in progress - The Middle Vaitarna. Pleased to say that they are happy and thriving.

The baby tailorbird was born in a nest stitched out of our avocado tree leaves. It fell out one day and we picked him up and cuddled him before returning him to his nest.

The red whiskered bulbul laid three eggs, two hatched but were suffocated by the mother as she attempted to hatch the third obviously infertile egg. Read about it in a separate post below.

Sunbirds and rose ringed parakeets are regulars. Sparrows virtually live here especially after we installed a couple of bird feeders for them. Munias sometimes come by.

Pigeons and crows are unwanted visitors, they know they are unwelcome and push off when they see us, but Im sure they visit when we are not around!

Several other birds, butterflies and other insects visit sporadically, some pose for photos, some do not linger long enough.

In the first week of March 2009, I noticed a developing colony of small honey bees.  I was advised to remove it but I have decided to let them be[e] as they will probably fly away when the monsoons begin in June.

Update:  The bees suddenly disappeared in the week commencing 14 September 2009.  They are all gone as of today 22 September.  I shall miss them, I hope they return.  In the same week, the tailor bird stitched another nest out of mussaenda leaves.  Will update as it progresses.

Will keep adding photos by and by.

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itzsibi on

Itz very interesting to see your blog .. you have got a wide range of colllections .. I like all of the pics that you have taken .. I too wish to take some pics in your garden if you allow me ...

indianature on

Re: Beautiful...
Thank you.
You can visit the Bombay Port Trust Gardens [Sagar Upavan] in Colaba for excellent flower photo ops.

indianature on

Re: Oh My God!!
Thanks. Just added a couple of pics of the newly developing Bee Colony along with their 'cousins', the Bee Orchids!

aakanksha on

hello, i really love ur photographs! They r very good..but where in mumbai do u have such a good garden? with so many flowers? even my mum loves gardening but has to restrict herself to a few flowerpalnts due to the space crunch in our house! do tell me where ur garden is! thanks! A brilliant blog this is....!

gnathani on

beautiful..! this is a perfect example of what this city can look like if people start caring about nature... do you help people set up such gardens?
i have a space of about 20 sq. ft. 10" x 2" covered outside my window.. can you suggest how i can create a beautiful garden in this small space?

gnathani on

just looked at the pictures again.. they are unbelievably beautiful!! i cannot even imagine what they'd look like in real life - is there a way that i can come visit your terrace garden?

indianature on

Thanks Aakanksha and Gnathani.

Gnathani, no one has asked me to help but I wouldnt mind though mine is more a wild foresty type of garden, not a neat formal layout that people tend to prefer.

You can easily keep quite a few potted plants in that 10x2 space. You can try pentas or ixora for easy to grow flowers to start with, and a multitude of foliage plants. Mumbai may be a dump of a city but plants do grow quite well without much effort.

Frédéric Desmoulins on

I'm Frédéric Desmoulins and I'm making a book of weed's of New-Caledonia (little island near Australia and New Zealand). Thumbergia grandiflora is one of the weed we need to talk about. This book (Plantes Envahissantes des Milieux Naturels de Nouvelle Calédonie) will be give for free to the people of New Caledonia to help them for weed's control. Each weed has 2 pages with texts and photography (Plant, leaf, flower and fruit). For the Thumbergia we don't have the fruit. So I take contact with you. Are you agreeing for use your picture and what are your conditions. Of course, your name will be notified as the book contributors and we can send you one book.
Best regards.
Sorry for my very bad English.
Like you I'm interest by nature. You can see my gallerie on Flickr.

Abha Shahra on

This is an amazing collection you have. In this city otherwise it is impossible to grow anything for the lack of sunlight.
Your blogs on nature have helped me in marking my pictures as I am in the process of compiling them.
I write on:
If you wish to visit.

indianature on

You are right about the light or rather lack of it for growing flowers in Mumbai homes!

I visited your website, it is beautifully laid out, tried to leave a comment but it was too slow and the page would not open.

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