My Experience in Gardening as an exercise in optimism!


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By Francis Saldanha


Bellevision Media Network

 

Bahrain, 08 March 2015: Gardening has always been a passion with me since I moved in to my company accommodation since several years now.  We all know that nature has great solace to offer. At the beginning of the winter season nothing could deter me indulging in to my favorite past time hobby in the gulf - Gardening. By converting a small patch in front of my house in to a bountiful green flower garden and not even my long working hours in the office or my other sporting activities or the inclement weather in the Gulf would not dampen my spirits and love for nature.


There is something fascinating about being able to grow flowers of different colors in our own home garden, which are a treat for everyone’s eyes. Gardening is an incredibly relaxing hobby and a good stress buster especially when one is faced with the odd challenges of keeping the garden going in spite of the harsh windy and dusty weather in the region. The winter months from October to March are very promising and the season is the best time to grow the flower plants of many varieties at their best and most of the less hardy varieties invariably perish during the harsh summer months. Hence, the winter time in the Gulf is a blessing in disguise for gardening and outdoor activities.


To grow flower plants, it is always nice to use organic manure from kitchen waste, dry leaves from the trees with local dry farm manure (cow dung) mixed with new soil is very ideal for healthy plants and flowers at our own home garden.  Never the less the small greenish garden in front of the house is also a place for the local birds and bees as well and this adds on to the pleasures of gardening. As always the sounds of nature in the garden can create subtle moods. The graceful leaves of ornamental plants rustling in the breeze, bees buzzing, and the sound of bird activities provide a sense of serenity and excitement, that’s the atmosphere I enjoy the most with my family members at home during winter. 

 

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 Nothing beats the unexpected blast of perfume from seemingly dormant winter gardens, carried on crisp and clear air. It is hard to shift most of us from the comfort of the sofa to the chilly reaches of the garden in the winter season. But on a pale, breezy afternoon, the scent of these plants and flowers on the cold air will draw you to outside and lift the spirits.  Scented plants are the ones that produce pleasant odors and including plants such as roses, herbs and jasmines. Throughout history scented plants have been associated with mystical healing, refreshing and stimulating effects on the human body.


I try to find enough time to pursue my passion every winter season. With great love for nature, whenever I find little time to make an attempt to grow plants and flowers in my garden and at the end it turns out to be simply incredible with plenty of colorful flowers and fauna for a wonderful outdoor set-up for my house. Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.


My love for gardening is a seed once sown that never dies!

 

 

 

 

Comments on this Article
Shaji, Goa/Bahrain Sun, March-22-2015, 2:24
I totally agree with Francis,Gardening is definitely a stress buster and the sight of watching your garden in full bloom is a food for the soul.His love and passion for gardening cannot go unnoticed.Valore Francis to keep your passion going...Me and my wife personally miss the experience of having a lovely garden ,but have tried our best to maintain a balcony mini garden.... :-)
Clement Lobo, Chikmagluru / Bahrain Mon, March-16-2015, 5:21
"Saath dhoryan pois gulfacha hya rever" thumchen hyen karbar vornunk asadhy, naanth mojelagin uthran thumka vornunk. Manesth shreeman Saldanabano thumche jivith hya foolan borinch swadik ani pormolith zavndhi munn magthan....!!
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla Sat, March-14-2015, 11:22
Dear Francis sir, the amazing flowers in your miracle garden speaks volumes of your creativity, hard work and inovation. It is not easy task unless some one like you really determined to engage in gardening which is great.. To sumup.. Its just magical miracle garden of Francis.... Hats off to you..
Daniel Botelho, Udupi Thu, March-12-2015, 11:13
Most of the people in the Gulf or for that matter, anywhere in the world spend most of their time in the offices or at the very least in front of the electronic device. Fresh air and plenty of sunshine are what you will enjoy when you take up the simple and natural hobby of gardening. This is something you might not even realize you have been missing.I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the article and seeing those beautiful photographs of your mini garden. Thank you dear Saldanha!
John del Santos, Bahrai / Philippines Tue, March-10-2015, 7:13
Lovely pictures! I do agree with the author, indeed one of the most critical advantages of gardening is that it makes it easier to bond with nature. Keep it up Sir,
Agnel, Goa Tue, March-10-2015, 3:27
One of the most critical advantages of gardening is that, it makes it easier to bond with nature. The photographs and enthusiasm to have a garden in front your home in Bahrain dear Saldanha is fantastic!!
Benedicta Lobo, Udupi/Dubai Mon, March-9-2015, 5:54
Dear Bro Francis, It is indeed great feeling to see your beautiful garden in this gulf country like Bahrain. We are really proud of your unique skill. Keep up your spirit. God bless you
Manoj George, Bahrain Mon, March-9-2015, 1:00
Hats off to Mr. Francis for this dedication and passion. If you meet him in person, you will know this is the secret of his happy go lucky nature. Keep it up. :)
Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle Sun, March-8-2015, 10:08
The interest and passion of gardening is quite evident through the pictures and write up of Francis Saldanha.
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Sun, March-8-2015, 11:20
Fantastic! Keep it up Fracis Saldanha! You have convinced beyond doubt that Gardening is an incredibly relaxing hobby Such gardening is treat to eyes!!
sunny, Pangla/ Bahrain Sun, March-8-2015, 10:50
Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds....Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. hats off to you Mr.Francis for this amazing work.. its a mini magic garden in Bahrain :-)
Thomas Alva, Moodubelle Sun, March-8-2015, 9:17

Very nice, can the author provide his contact details so that we can visit the garden.

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