Wednesday, May 29, 2013

'G':For Garden, And This Is Our Beautiful Garden

We have been living in Whitefield Bangalore for the last 13 years. Having always lived  in apartments, we never really had the pleasure of having our own garden. However when we built this house our wish was granted, and we are very happy with the way our garden was designed.
Following the Spanish architecture (which was my husband's idea), our landscape architect designed a beautiful perennial garden for us, for we did not want to keep changing plants off and on, nor did we want plants that needed lot of water.
Of course, we had to change a few plants here and there because as the taller plants started to grow, the shorter ones were deprived of enough sunlight, but basically the main plants have remained the same throughout.
We have plenty of arches, a pergola, and our garden has a lovely curvy pattern all around, which goes very well with our Spanish villa theme.
I must warn you there are lots and lots of pictures, so enter at your own risk....
Here are a few pictures of our garden:
                                                                  Our front lawn
                                                   
                                                        Our courtyard


This our kitchen, from where i can see the world go by as I cook
This is when the flowers are in full bloom, and below when this plant still looks beautiful without flowers



                                                   Our Rock/ Pebble garden
                                                        The Terracotta Mural
                                                   Our Spanish Bell visible through the palm trees
                                     The Cashew tree which was such a baby when we first bought this plot
                                  and it has grown so big and beautiful.


                                              Another view of Courtyard, before the poison ivy started growing, and covering the arch



                                                                  The Alamendas

                                This the Tumburjiya creeper that is growing on our pergola, it is so beautiful: the golden flowers would hang down.

Beautiful Lantanas
There are so many pictures, but I don't want to bore you with too many pictures, as it is it has turned out to be photo blog.
Did you enjoy our garden?

47 comments:

  1. Love your garden, Rama, so formal and perfect! Mine is ever changing, art in progress, and varies significantly from year to year. No tomatoes??

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  2. OMG!! You have such a huge garden and it soooo very beautiful! Loved the way you have planned and made your home! Simply awesome! :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa, it is indeed a house made with lot of love, and each one of our family, and very close friends had poured their heart into making this beautiful house.

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  3. I know Jerry, how you love your garden, and how you have put your heart and soul in making it so beautiful.I don't know why you feel our garden is formal, if you see it in person you would see how informal it is.
    Thanks Jerry. No fruits or vegetables for us as only the squirrels come and spoil everything for us. We do have a guava tree, and not a single fruit is left for us to eat. We have the cashew tree,though it bears lovely luscious fruits every year, we don't like to eat it for it irritates our throat, however there are many people who love to eat this sweet cashew fruit and we let them come and take it in bags, for there are so many. I wish we could make Fenni a very powerful and tasty liquor, made with these cashew fruits, and is a very popular drink of Goa.
    We also have a coconut tree which is good, provided the squirrels don't mess up with the nuts while they are still very small.

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  4. They have an aesthetic appeal. And looks nice. Must be wonderful to spend the late evenings on the lawn.

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    1. Thanks Anil.
      Yes it is always a pleasure to just look at our garden any time of the day, and any time of the year, as you can see by the pictures taken by me at various times. I never get bored of our garden for it looks different at different times although the garden is the same.

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  5. Wow Rama!! I just love the way you have laid out the garden, I'm sure a lot of thought must have gone into each and every plant and its location... Nature is beautiful in all seasons and you are blessed indeed to revel in it:) I sure takes a lot of effort to maintain it, so kudos on that :)I sure enjoyed the virtual walk through your garden over different time slices :)

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    1. Thanks Reshma.
      I agree with you, nature is indeed beautiful in all seasons.
      Actually we left it to the landscape architect to do all layout of the plants, we told him we wanted a minimum maintenance garden with no exotic plants that would need lot of pampering and caring, and also we needed a perennial garden. He knew what we wanted and designed the garden accordingly. Since our house has a naturally curvy pattern it was easy to go with natural curves.
      Other than cutting/ trimming,watering and feeding the plants with the healthy stuff nothing else needs to be done. The plants grow all by themselves, and compared to other gardens ours need less water, which is very important in Bangalore, where there is severe water shortage.

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  6. I always loved looking at the pics of your garden and it's a retreat. :)

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    1. Thanks Latha. It is always a pleasure to have a good garden, it is highly relaxing.

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  7. What a lovely garden you have Rama! and I thoroughly enjoyed my walk with you in that lovely place strolling through those curvy paths and golden arches. And your home too is so beautiful - one can see the passion with which you made it and such wonderful hosts you and Ananth are. Happy that I got to know 2 wonderful people.

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    1. Thanks Shanthi.
      We feel the same with you too. Maybe sometime we can meet your family too. We had such a wonderful time together, and I still I can't believe you kept your promise and stayed with us for 1 day. It is really wonderful to have friends like you.

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  8. Pictures are a feast to the eyes..what a beautiful and big garden...loved it..

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    1. Thanks Renu. Somehow this garden turned out to be very beautiful and yet simple. When I see much prettier gardens, I feel very good about them, but when I see the amount of love and care one would have to shower on such gardens, I feel we are not suited for such gardens. I do admire their commitment.

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  9. You have got a lovely garden, Rama...out of this world look is there! How do you maintain this huge garden so nicely? Great!

    I love your kitchen...I can imagine the view from there!

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    1. Sandhya this is a minimum maintenance garden, so no worries regarding that and also regarding water for the plants, for they take less water than other such huge gardens. We had to keep in mind the severe water shortage in Bangalore.

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  10. Luxurious, serene, peace , love, joy, words aren't enough to describe your garden Rama, I still remember the day we took a stroll to admire the little nuances in every corner of your garden, it was a joy to look at the pictures.

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  11. thanks Padmaja. Yes I too remember the lovely time we spent together that day. I am really grateful ot have friends like you and Shanthi you people really do what you promise. I really admire both of you and I am glad we became friends through blogging.

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  12. Wow...Rama! That is some kitchen...beautiful flowers and greenery all around. You are one remarkable lady!

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  13. Thank you Cloud Nine.
    Yes our kitchen is really nice, it small and compact with a good view.

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  14. Your house looks like a retreat to spend a nice holiday there Rama:)Lovely!!

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    1. Thanks Rahul. You are welcome to come here when you visit Bangalore.

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  15. Looks lovely. I can imagine who peaceful the ambiance must be. It must have taken an enormous amount of effort on your part to set this up.

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  16. Looks lovely. I can imagine who peaceful the ambiance must be. It must have taken an enormous amount of effort on your part to set this up.

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    1. Yes we kind of went overboard with our idea of building a Spanish villa, that too in a budget. Everybody pitched in and somehow the end result was very good.

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  17. How dare I say I did not enjoy your gardens, I loved them !! you have a fantabulous garden I have ever seen. I loved, loved your kitchen, wow!!

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    1. Thank you padmamansa. Yes even I love the kitchen the best.

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  18. Rama ji..lovely lovely garden..such a feast for the eyes, even while looking through the pictures...Homes set in such a natural setting will sure perk up ones mind and soul, even if there are some annoying stuff that itch us..And I guess this beautiful garden of yours exudes such positive vibes ..Thanks a ton for sharing..would love to visit in person once :)

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  19. Rama ji..lovely lovely garden..such a feast for the eyes, even while looking through the pictures...Homes set in such a natural setting will sure perk up ones mind and soul, even if there are some annoying stuff that itch us..And I guess this beautiful garden of yours exudes such positive vibes ..Thanks a ton for sharing..would love to visit in person once :)

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    1. It is true, it does give a "feel good" feeling as soon as we enter the house. I suppose some houses are meant to be like that. Thanks and do visit us when you come this side. My email is in the profile section.
      It would be good to meet you as you live here Bangalore.

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  20. An independent house with a Garden, anyone's dream. It's always nice to include a Garden, It's been my dream too. A nice spacious lawn!Nice clicks. :-)

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    1. Thanks Ashwini.Any garden even in a small balcony can be a feast to the eyes

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  21. Omg! Totally in love! I miss gardens! The apartment life has taken over. Someday! Meanwhile I can revisit this post :D

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    1. Sure you can visit us too if you happen to be on this part of the town. Thanks for going through most of my blogs.

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  22. What word should I use? Ecstatic and enrapturing panoramic and photographic scenes from 'Ramic Residence'.Wonderful!

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  23. Rama, this is srividya from bangalore ... i came across your blog when we were constructing our new house ... yeah through prisma interiors in the net... love your garden and like the way you construed it ... its a treat for the eyes and soul ... :)) and your smile is so mesmerizing...:))

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    1. Thank you Srividya.
      Wish you all the best in your new house. Start blogging soon.

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  24. Wow!! What a blooming and colorful garden.

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  25. Just fallen in love with this gardennn :)

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  26. Hi! You have a beautiful place!
    Wanted to check if this happens to be in laughing waters in whitefield???

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  27. Thanks Tina.
    This not in Laughing Waters, and it is not in a gated community.

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  28. I used to love and proud of our garden... we put alot of time and hard work on it. But now... well, it a shame and it hurts. I better just say hello and a Happy New Year to you and all your love one. Your garden is beautiful! Wow...

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