Welcome to Blue Ridge Orchid Society

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”

 Gertrude Jekyll

This blog is devoted to all the gardening enthusiasts like me whose passion is gardening.  We live quite hectic and stressful lives, and there is nothing like a beautiful garden to soothe those strained nerves and calm the soul. It doesn’t matter if your garden is a small home garden in your terrace or a grand affair with lawns and lakes. A garden is so much more than what meets the eye. As Gertrude Jekyll puts it so eloquently, a garden teaches you life skills that are vital to succeed in every area of life. All those hours spent under the sun, getting your hands muddy and the days of loving care are fully justified when you see your garden blooming in its full glory. In many ways, it is an allegory for life itself. For what you plant into your garden is exactly what you will get back when the season is right.

Are you new to gardening or a seasoned gardener looking for more knowledge?

Wondering how to create a garden in your little city apartment?

Looking for tips to keep your garden healthy and pest free?

Need advice about adding exotic plants and flowers in your garden?

With The Blue Ridge Orchid Society blog, I aim to help you with these and more of your gardening needs including gardening advice, gardening ideas, garden designs, experts talks, gardening tips and much more so that you can have a lovely little garden full of splendour in every season. I will also regularly share pictures of all the beautiful, quaint, grand, lovely gardens that I visit and also the stories behind them. You too are welcome to interact with me and fellow gardeners.

Wonderful herb and flower garden
Wonderful herb and flower garden

This first post is just a glimpse of things yet to come. Please do check back regularly for lots of gardening information and tips. Check out the pictures of my own home garden and some of the gardens I have helped create for friends and family.

So what do you think? Check back soon for my new post. So long!

Winter Care for Your Garden

Top Winter Gardening Tips to Keep Your Garden in Good Shape

With gardening, many of us tend to ignore our gardens in the winter months. Yes, the weather is not ideal to grow anything much in the garden, but we definitely need to take care of the plants and trees so they remain in top condition for the spring and summer months.

Winter Pruning
Winter Pruning

Here are my top winter gardening tips for your garden:

Plan Ahead

Arm yourself with as much information as you can get about the expected weather conditions. Get an estimate of when frost is likely to set in and the approximate depth of the frost line. You can then set out to prepare your garden to survive the winter weather.

Clean garden tools and equipments

Do make sure all the gardening tools which you used are cleaned up properly before you store them away for the winter. Oil all the metal parts to prevent rust from setting again. Remove all the dust and the rust from the tools, pots and pans. If necessary, use mild a detergent and disinfectant to get the job well done. Make sure all the tools are dried thoroughly before they are stored. This will save you extra work when you have to take up gardening again in the spring.

Care for Bulbs

As mentioned in the first point, you will have to remove the bulbs from your garden before the frost sets in. If you live where it gets very cold, it’s ideal to dig out the bulbs and store them in a cool, dark place in your garden shed. If it’s a bit warmer, you can remove, separate and replant the bulbs for maintenance. Ensure that you add a fertilizer like bone meal in the soil when you plant the bulbs for faster root growth.

Cover them up

Protect young trees and plants from the frost by covering them well with a cloth or sack. Do not use plastic or any other material to cover them as these might trap extra moisture and thus damage the plant inside. A sturdy fabric covering is always ideal as it keeps out the frost while providing proper ventilation.

Don’t forget the Garden Structures

Check and clean your garden structures like fences, sheds and greenhouses. Also check for any signs of decay or wear and tear which might not be able to withstand the rough winds and cold.