Monday, October 04, 2010

The Making of Miss Champa

We got her home as a little branch for CAD 10 on March 20, 2010 from Canada Blooms. P had his doubts she’d survive the Canada cold. I was like an optimistic parent- nurturing and moving her 12 inch planter to where the sun shone the brightest. I even talked to her once in a while.

In the middle of the burgeoning summer (May 2010), Miss Champa sprouted a couple of leaves. Photographs were clicked and she made headlines on Facebook. champa 2 champa 1 By the end of June, she looked like she made it.

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The record heat this year in TO meant Miss Champa got ample sunshine on our sunny balcony. And a free wash in the liquid precipitation.

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On September 24, she teased us with this!
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IMG_1894 IMG_1896 IMG_1912 Ladies and gentlemen, please say hello to Miss Champa. My first Frangipani bloom.

IMG_1916 IMG_1919 IMG_1921 IMG_1919 If you like her, just stroke her gently, blow a kiss delicately but do not pluck her. She is my day-old daughter. And I call her Miss Champa.

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16 comments:

Kamini said...

Hi Miss Champa. You are lovely and looks like your mom is taking good care of you...!

GB said...

Nice work! Very rewarding isn't it? :)

Rukma said...

That's a beautiful lass! Looks oh-so-pretty and pampered. :) Talking to plants works.I tell mine while watering them, 'kheye nao, na holey kaak kheye nebey'...and they grow in my balcony like they are on steroids! Wishing Miss Champa and her proud Mommy, best! :)

Sayantani said...

ki sundor ki sundor Pree. tomar elem ache...oi tuku pot e bideshe'r matite Gulancho futiecho....ar ami kina banalore er mati kharap bole chyanchamechi kori. asadharon.

Silence Sings said...

Pree, I am overwhelmed seeing that you bring your home in this foreign land....hat's off to you dear....
BTW, tumi ki canada te thako??amar ak bondhu canada r house rent ki rokom aar schhol er fees ki rokom,cost of leaving kamon... jighyasha korchhilo..tomi jodi jano to amake pls wktu janio....
tumi amake mail korte paro...silencesings1@gmail.com...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

awesome post! I read it with as much enthu as you have posted!

Sulagna said...

I absolutely love this post..Ami aar amar hubby thik eirokom kori..Whenever we get a new plant or see little green things coming out of the soil from the seeds we have planted...we treat it as our child.
Khuub sundor hoyeche tomar bagan.Khuub bhalo laglo dekhe :)

Best Regards
Sulagna
http://e-senseofspicenfragrance-sulagna.blogspot.com/

Anpu said...

Beautiful...Champak, Champa and Sampige flowers the same. I picked up this tiny Sampige plant in Florida last year, and now it is about 5.5 ft and i am still waiting for it to flower! Yes i talk to the plant, feed it with miracle gro, once each month...hopefully mine will flower soon

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I had 35 flower pots when I was in Delhi, but here in Bangalore Lal(red soil) mati te kichu lagatei ichhe e kore na. Nice to see you day old Champa :-)

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

sangeeta said...

Beautiful...loved the ganesha too.

Priya said...

Woww beautiful work..Miss champa indeed looks lovely..

Gouri Guha said...

kkoob sundor dekhte prothom phoolta. pot-e hote pare kokhono bhabini. My flying kiss to Miss Champa...shows your care and good nurturing...

Pinku said...

best wishes to mom and daughter :)

both are gorgeous

PreeOccupied said...

All this love and appreciation is sure going to go a long way for Miss Champa. Thank you all. :-)

Sarmistha said...

Lovely!it is so rewarding to see something bloom so beautifully...be it your child or your garden

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