Ranked #3 In The World’s Top 10 Gardens by National Geographic

The Legacy of Powerscourt House & Gardens Powerscourt House & Gardens in county Wicklow, Ireland stretches over 47 acres with over 300,000 visitors each year. It is managed by Head Gardener, Alex Slazenger and a team of 4 gardeners. Designed from 1731 onward, it is breathtakingly beautiful and famous for its many different styles of…

Secrets To A Healthy Balcony Garden

I firmly believe that your garden is a reflection of your personality. Today I present my very dear childhood friend Fatima and her husband Akbar’s balcony garden in Pune, India. An aesthetically appealing haven true to the personality of the couple. Akbar is an engineer with a keen interest in gardening and Fatima a brilliant…

3 Health Benefits of Nature Walks

A nature walk is the most inexpensive form of physical exercise. Exposing yourself to nature improves your overall well being. I have kept my sanity through the corona crisis courtesy all the nature walks that we were allowed to do within the government prescribed radius at different stages of the pandemic. We were blessed to…

The Nigella Flower/Love-In-A-Mist

One of the demurest annual garden flowering plant. Its name ‘Love-In-A-Mist’ does poetic justice to its beauty. Known by many names; the most common ones are Nigella Damascena and Devil-In-The-Bush. It is native to Europe and Northern Africa and its seeds are widely used as a spice. The seeds are believed to cure headaches, indigestion,…

Calendulas: The Shades of Sunset

Calendula, also known as Pot Marigold is possibly native to the Mediterranean region of Europe though its exact origin is unknown. Known for its brilliant floral shape, colour and scent; it is also famous for its culinary and medicinal uses. I like to call it the healing plant for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties….

Himalayan Honeysuckle Aka Leycesteria Formosa

The first time I noticed a butterfly in my garden this Spring was when I saw the first sign of tiny white flowers on this stunning multi-stemmed bush. Native to Asia, it is found in woodlands here is Ireland. I’m lucky to have one in my backyard and don’t find it invasive at all. It…

Stir Fried Bitter Gourd: Healthy & Delicious

RecipeIngredients:250 gms bitter gourd; washed, chopped and rubbed with some salt and vinegar. Keep in the sun for an hour. Wash after that and keep in a sieve.1 large onion; chopped finely2 jalapenos; chopped roughly3-4 spring onions; chopped roughly (the white and about 2 inches of the thick green)1-2 green chilies crushed with a tsp…

Earthing: The umbilical chord that connects you to the universe

Earthing or grounding is the most therapeutic way of connecting to mother Earth. Have you ever walked barefoot in the grass or on sand or simply on any surface of the earth? I walk barefoot in my lawn every morning without looking at the watch. It’s those few moments when time ceases to exist. Now…

Potatoes in a light tomato gravy

Recipe:Boil 4 potatoes. De-skin when they cool down. Roughly mash them such that they break into small lumps and not a complete mash. Keep aside. Char-grill 4 tomatoes, remove skin and cut into pieces. Heat some mustard oil in a kadhai. Temper with 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of asafoetida. Add the tomatoes,…