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  • Boshonto eshe gechey…

    Have you noticed that the celebration has already started with the changing colour of the morning sky, the sweet breeze from the south, and the smell of 'amro-mukul', the

  • Letter from a reader

    Allow me to thank you for the wonderful articles on plants and everything related to gardening.

  • Siyara – the new age planter

    It has been over one year since the day Siyara came to my office and expressed her desire to visit a nursery – home of the plants! She wanted to touch the seeds and soils and see by herself how the life of a plant begins.

  • Know Dr Tree — our very own shojne!

    Today, while I was plucking some shojne daata/pods from our roof top garden, I just felt like sharing the thrill with my readers. I know many of you are fans of this yummy vegetable that has been valued by our ancestors for its health benefits and also for its place as a summer specialty. In the exhausting hot summer days, many of us find respite with this vegetable as it is soothing, light and cool enough to lure us to the dining table.

  • Being alive with plants…some moments of joy

    It has been about five months since I have been away from many things special to my life– from my plants, my books and songs. My regular life was halted for a while due to a family health crisis, from which I, along with my family members, have gradually recovered. I returned from the self-exile soon after receiving some beautiful bulbs of Tulips from my daughter, brought from the Shiphol Airport of Amsterdam. We know southern Europe is the home of

  • Get winter veggies from your own garden!

    The monsoon is prolonged this year. It is mid September – officially autumm, but the floating clouds seem inclined to stay a few more days at least.

  • Foes of mosquitoes

    These days, a notorious fever –chikungunya– has become the talk of the town and many of us are pointing at the plants we raise in our homes. Container based plants are considered as one of the main culprits that 'host' mosquitoes in our surroundings.

  • Our Brikha Mela - Calling

    It will instantaneously uplift your mood, and make you look forward to the fair till next year.

  • Small space greenery

    While you browse, their eyes follow you, and sometimes you feel like talking to them too. Is it not beautiful and refreshing!

  • Our mother – who taught us love for nature!

    People all over the world celebrated Mother's Day on 14 May. Although I believe that every day belongs to the mother who gave us birth and brought a new life to this world! She is always special to the mother earth and to all of us.

  • Dreaming Vincent's dream

    On 30 March, the world celebrated artist Vincent Van Gogh's 164th birthday. To honour his memory, I decided it was best to begin with a short letter for him and to him directly, reminiscent of the song his artwork inspired, one whispering of starry, starry nights.

  • Rooftop Gardening: Days of Babylon to our Current Life

    The concept of 'hanging gardens' fascinated me from the second grade.

  • Fading greens in the concrete jungle

    A city is meant to sustain life in every form. The concrete and the dust just do not seem to add up with the bustle of the people.

  • Orchids find a new home

    The famed orchid is not an indigenous bloom and came to this land from one of our neighbouring countries. Like gracious hosts, nature lovers of the country welcomed orchids with open arms.

  • Budapest Park – a pride of Toronto city!

    This is one of the favourite places, and a source of pride for Toronto city dwellers. As it combines history and nature together, the Budapest Park is termed as a 'city within a park.'

  • Q&As

    It has been a long time since I last wrote my column. I was preoccupied during the entire hiatus but happy to have received some

  • Allan Garden Conservatory

    Toronto city of Canada itself could be termed as a vast park. It has more than 1,500 parks with numerous open spaces and 600 km of trails.

  • Teresa – tale of an orchid lover

    For over a period of three the sixth-floor balcony of a neighbourhood building attracted me so much that overtime I became its observer.

  • Buildings - with or without walls

    For past few years, I have been observing a change in the building code as many builders/owners have started thinking about greenery.

  • Flowers that beautify the home and soul

    Flowers are a veritable gift of nature, with power to change a scene, decor and a person's mood despite their delicate fragility.

  • Succulents Rugged Beauty

    I found her while passing through the pavements of the training institute in Faridpur district.

  • Beat the heat with your cool roof!

    This is Baishakh – the first month of the Bangla year! The scorching sun is not only giving us the feel, but also asking us to adopt the survival skills!

  • Passing winter, random thoughts

    For the past few days, winter has been telling us that it is time for it to go and the calendar is reminding us to inhale the colour...

  • Understanding the rose

    In response to the request of one of my readers, named Zep, today I am going to share my experience of dealing with the rose.

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    Loving and Living with Plants

    Seniors in the family are unfortunately more or less confined to the four walls of their rooms in this day and age of of living in...

  • Essential herbs

    Just think of a day when you have run out of essential herbs in your kitchen. They are such an integral part of our everyday cooking that we simply cannot imagine a day without them.

  • Winter calling … join the fest!

    Once again winter is here at our doors with its festivity call.

  • Loving and Living With Plants

    The Lotus - the water lily symbolises beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, wealth, richness, knowledge and serenity.

  • The flower maryam comes with

    Last month, while returning from the Prophet's Mosque at Madina after the morning prayer, I found this flower in the street side shops.

  • Let your wall speak for you!

    We are famous for writing on our walls – our walls are everybody's property. Anybody can mark his/her presence by writing their issues, sticking images of leaders, expressing love or hatred towards others.