Festival of lights is here but are we prepared for it? Other than sweet boxes and colorful candles, we will see people decorating their houses with various cut flowers and petals for rangoli. If you’ve been waiting for that time to enhance your house with vibrant sets of colors, then this is the right occasion for you!
1. The Sacred Lotus
Known as the symbol of India, a lotus flower is a must for Diwali. Commonly, the rangoli is made in a shape of a lotus, with a mix of flower petals including lotus. Growing a lotus is actually easier than one might think, and a dwarf lotus plant can thrive happily inside a mini pond for those with limited space for gardening. So, if you’ve been wanting to keep a lotus plant yourself, don’t lose hope yet!
2. Orange Candles
Did you know that you can actually place a candle inside an orange peel? You can cut them into shapes that you like and use them to light up the floor for the celebration. Keeping an orange tree might require a little bit more space at home, but one can grow a potted clementine easily indoors.
Dianthus caryophyllus or carnations have been cultivated for more than 2000 years and are rich with cultures. It comes with a large number of colors to select from, thus making it the best specimen for adding colors to your rangoli. It also goes well as cut flowers as they can last for days! Maintain a potted carnation in a well-drained, fertile potting mix and it promises you long-lasting blooms the whole summer.
4. The Blue Vanda
Vanda orchids, particularly the rare, blue ones symbolize peace in Indian culture. They grow happily in hanging baskets inside your house provided the location has ample lighting and warmth. There’s no need to paint your walls blue when you have natural blue flowers to do the trick.
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5. Roses and Jasmines Garlands
The perfect fragrant combination for any occasion; the roses are well-known for their lasting scented blooms and jasmines, particularly the double-flowered jasminum sambac are widely grown for their purpose as perfumed hair ornaments. They are also turned into garlands that can be easily processed at home. Both roses and jasmines thrive well potted in any small space of your garden, and jasmines are usually evergreen; they will bloom during warm seasons but their leaves won’t die down during cold seasons.
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