Saturday, April 27, 2013
Ooty: There’s romance in the air again in the hills as roses that speak the eternal language of love are at last beginning to bloom at the Government Rose Garden(GRG), the biggest of its kind in the country in terms of the varieties it has on offer.
While the roses have taken their time to bloom this year, more than half the garden is now showcasing them in their full glory , drawing gasps of appreciation at the riot of colour they present from the tourists drawn to it this summer.
It has taken some skilled gardening to restore the garden to its usual self, explains P.J.Meera Bai, assistant director of horticulture at the GRG. The right kind of pruning , use of fertilisers
and nutrients and of course ,watering revived the plants and helped the roses bloom, even if later than usual, this summer, she says.
“We expect over 50 per cent of the 25,000 rose plants at the GRG to be in full bloom by next week. Around 4000 tourists visit the garden every day now and the number could rise in days to come,”