Container Gardening: The Thriller Filler Spiller ApproachSeptember 25, 2017
Travelling is one of the things that gives you immense joy and inspires you to explore more in life. Many a times it’s the great words of world travellers that thrill and urge you to go explore places. As Kate Douglas Wiggins puts it, “There is a kind of magic about going far away and then coming back all changed.” There are certain experiences that you cannot put in words, no matter how hard you try. One of them is Ladakh!Â It’s truly an experience you got to experience! It’s difficult not to lose yourself in those unforgettable moments, spent in the lap of the majestic Himalayan cold desert. For the stark blue skies, snow-capped mountains, azure blue lakes and low lying clouds, you would want to go back every time – as your heart and soul will undoubtedly be lost there.
As you enter Leh you’ll observe the unearthly beauty amidst the earthly tones of the naked terrain. Autumn paints the landscape in pleasant hues of yellow, orange and gold. It’s just spectacular out there!Â For people who are making plans to visit Ladakh, I would recommend visiting in the month of September, as it appears to be heaven on earth.Â AllÂ roads to and within Ladakh remain open and the high mountain passes like Khardung La and Chang La are approachable and chances of you getting stuck in certain parts are minimal.Â
While I was totally lost in the panoramic beauty of this heavenly place, the love of miniature plants is something I carry to every place I go. I was absolutely thrilled to spot some tiny greens, each one of them very distinct and pretty, that thrive amidst the almost barren landscape of Ladakh.Â I think they will make for pretty ornamental additions in a miniature garden setting. I clicked pictures of a few on my way throughÂ Leh, Nubra Valley andÂ Pangong Tso.Â Have a look at them below.
Miniature Shrubs found in Leh, Ladakh Region:
Longze or Acantholimon,Â the cushion shrub: Its a small, prickly tufted shrub with pale pink flowers. The dried plant can be used as fuel, oh yes! Its interesting to observe that the pale pink colour of the flowers shows beautifully over the dull green and deep pink color of the leaves. Also the dome shape of the plant adds to the striking appearance of this tiny shrub.
Kamchu or Tanacetum Gracile:Â A perennial herb, found in the wastelands of Leh and Nubra Valley. Its dried leaves and flowers are fragrant and a good source of essential oil. These tiny burst of green and yellow are scattered all over the terrain. Its interesting to know that contrary to how stunted they appear above the soil, their roots run very deep in order to help them absorb water and a deep root system also helps to withstand strong winds.
Anonymous Shrub 1:Â What was also spotted was this striking tiny plant with deep maroon stems. The stems are covered all over with velvety textured, silvery grey flowers with hints of maroon on the insides. I thinks its lovely! I tried to retrieve information about this shrub however, not sure what it’s called. If anyone of you can figure it out, do leave a comment below and I will add it to the description.
Anonymous Shrub 2:Â This tiny green shrub is all about leaves. The leaves are covered all over with tiny hair like structure that give it a feather kind of appearance. Also did you notice the gravel all around the plant? Those minuscule particles of different color would make a perfect hardscape in any miniature garden.
Along with these shrubs what were also spotted were the famous Poplar Trees, abundant Marigold and Cosmos Flowers in full bloom, enjoying the autumn while it lasts. These hints of color against the stark and barren landscape of Ladakh made a perfect postcard picture, a memory I will cherish forever.