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    Edge of leaf droplets.. what are these?

    Thanks for the word and thread link, Rajesh. In Chennai rain was predicted... and here it was, in the inland. It has gone to NE now.
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    Edge of leaf droplets.. what are these?

    Oops, I hit 'create thread' before attaching pictures. Above is Cyanotis. Two pictures below are of Balsam. I was observing this on Balsam for the first time.
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    Edge of leaf droplets.. what are these?

    I'd seen them before, but yesterday morning I looked closely at the tiny beads of water forming on the edge of the leaves. I found these on my Balsam, Cyanotis cristata and a purple Tradescantia. Pictures from the first two attached. Earlier I had thought it was the dew but these beads are not...
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    June 2017 Photo of the Month - Creatures

    This white-breasted Kingfisher comes looking for fish in my pond, perches on the arch and waits for the right moment to swoop. Took this pic from the room window.
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    What's Looking Good in May 2017

    It was a the time when house partition was happening and lost many plants. But it's okay. Today's Scarlet O'Hara Morning Glory in bloom - the texture in the picture is no justice to what was to the eye.
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    What's Looking Good in May 2017

    @Beverly I no longer have this plant. This is an old picture.
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    What's Looking Good in May 2017

    @zigs Chelidonium is an important remedy used in homeopathy, esp. good in liver ailments.
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    What's Looking Good in May 2017

    Yes there are plenty.
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    Plant ties from discarded undies.

    Sometimes some plants needs to be supported by strings or tapes. For this I have discovered a nice soft way of using discarded underwear [pictured here are of wife's]. The knit material is soft and will have a suitable elasticity. Cut up the 'good parts' of the garment in 1" strips...
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    What's Looking Good in May 2017

    I'm reminded of a joke my senior colleague used to tell. There are two hippopotamuses walking ahead. One man asks the other which one is male. His friend answers.... Why should I bother? It is for the hippopotamus to bother. I have just a few cacti which I neglect and they love it. Kept in...
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    What's Looking Good in May 2017

    Clitoria ternatea - double purple. New growth following pre-monsoon rains, fresh blooms!! So nice! Crepe Myrtle also blooms. Almond tree has formed a nice canopy. My lawn - Bermuda grass gets greener. Rains can do wonders. Notice a large mushroom which is there since 10-12 days... near...
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    What's looking good in April 2017

    @roadrunner Beautiful greens and colours!! 11-ft. tall sunflower!! Very tall! Have you staked it? Banana too, nice. Mirabilis plants... there must be hundreds of volunteer plants! They seed so profusely. @Beverly ... thanks... happy bees indeed. They are in the peak of colour, brightest...
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    What's looking good in April 2017

    Eight more lilies burst up following more rains. I showed the 4 lilies that came up early. Bottom left photo is a back-lit photo taken from below the flower. The first set is making fruit already [bottom corner right]. Little bees are having a 'ball'!! head.
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    What's looking good in April 2017

    A Daylily. Leucas aspera. Summer showers always brings these Football Lilies up. Rain Lilies shoot up within five days of the first heavy rain of summer. Last week.
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    Ocimum sanctum or holy basil leaves look like crushed paper!

    Some type of lice I think, will affect Basil. What we get is blackish here. I was not doing anything earlier, leaves turned brown, wilted and fell. This time I am going to spray [trial] diluted neem oil to them and see what happens, if it is attacked.
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