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These 8 Simple Techniques Will Flourish Your Garden This Monsoon

Monsoon is the fast paced season with July being an active month which is the time to sow, plant, re – pot, disseminate divide and to de – weed

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With Monsoon hailing the vicinity and landscapes thriving with greenery, it is the best time of the year for garden lovers
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July 1, 2017: With Monsoon hailing the vicinity and landscapes thriving with greenery, it is the best time of the year for garden lovers for planting and re – potting. The monsoon season usually starts from the month of July, increases the density in August and starts to lessen in September.

Monsoon is the fast paced season with July being an active month which is the time to sow, plant, re – pot, disseminate divide and to de – weed.

Harpreet Ahluwalia of Earthly Creations tells some important tips for Monsoon gardening for the greenery and gardening lovers to take care of their plants·

  • Attention should be given to plants in pots and beds. Plants should be kept free from any standing water and should not stagnate and block the soil.
  • Flower beds must be raised so that water flows down but let the moisture stay.
  • Humid weather brings in prolific growth of weeds and thus constant de – weeding is an important practice for this season.
  • Pruning right before the monsoon helps in faster growth of plants and ensures air and sunlight supply to every part of the plant
  • Dead growth encourages plants to throw fresh shoots and thus must be removed
  • Extra care of plants in monsoon along with weeds should be given as this is the breeding period of insects and worms. Some are good also but at times can damage the plant.
  • As monsoon is good for roses and annuals like balsam, zinnia, cosmos, celosia, and palms, it is tough on chrysanthemums, mother plants and succulents and cacti.
  • Clear rain water by bringing non -chlorinated water which is important for the growth of the plants

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This Exhibition Captures A City’s Colours During Monsoon

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions.

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Artist Purnendu Mandal At Indian Habitat Centre.

With some of them almost a photographic reflection of daybreak after rain, artist Purnendu Mandal’s canvasses — currently on exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam here — are a deluge of vivid warm colours that capture a city’s landscape after rain.

“It is almost like looking outside a window, but through a work of art,” Mandal told IANS.

Mandal’s 15 acrylic- and oil-on-canvass artworks – collectively titled “Reflections 3” – document the subtleties of urban life during the rains — first light in a city, storms, rickshaw-pullers and bus drivers resuming activity after a rainy day, and building silhouettes reflecting in the water-filled puddles.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Work

Also included are visual effects of the monsoon like rain drops, fog, wet climate, reflections in water and shades of dampness.

To that extent, “Good Morning Kolkata” (2018), a painting of a tram on a damp Kolkata street, with old buildings and bundles of electric wires adding to the realistic depiction, reflects a day in the city as one would experience it.

For Mandal, it is about making his canvasses a literal window to the seasonal changes a city undergoes.

“I try to paint cities season-wise. This exhibition shows the beauty of a city after and during the monsoon,” Mandal told IANS.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Exhibition’s Invite. Available on his social media

Mandal’s impressionistic style revolves around cities and seasons and his rich repository of art has been exhibited around the world.

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“Thus, the current exhibition has scenes from Varanasi ghats, and Kolkata’s and Mumbai’s urban life,” he added.

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions in Indonesia, UK, USA, UAE, Thailand, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Nepal, in addition to showcasing his work at Indian galleries including Jehangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, AIFACS Gallery, Triveni Art Gallery, Chemould Art Gallery, and Chitra Kala Parishath. (IANS)