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Hi Friends,

A new chapter to life, my first blog, have no experience on writing anywhere other than my mails for office communication which is a different talent altogether, the start is so difficult, I have to think so much for the start and I couldn’t get anywhere, but then introduction should work.

So here I’m Mr Somnath Pradeep Pal, born and brought up in Mumbai, have graduated in Arts from Mumbai University, work in Mumbai for an IT Company, a hobbyist & water lily hybridizer & just like any average person on earth, Simple, down to earth, straight forward & at times hurt people too, but my blog isn’t about myself, in fact that would be a boring both for you and me; the blog is about my details on my passion and I am sure it is very few from India & across world people participate and do & that is “Water lilies”,

As a child I was very active and as an adult I’m still trying to be as active as I can. I was doing gardening since childhood, saving my little pocket money and buying roses, experimented with many plants and killing them with my poor hands on fertilization but one fine day things changed, I went to a Plant Nursery saw some Water lilies and you can say that was my love at first sight, no second thought not till date that it is one of my closest in heart; I couldn’t able to buy water lilies then, had no money but I swore to keep water lilies with me and with God grace I hold some breath taking water lilies now, in fact I became a hybridizer and now I create my own water lilies.

A simple definition about water lilies would be, Water lilies are an aquatic plant, face in water and foot on mud; the example gave my millions of parents & teacher to us when they refer to water lilies that we all need to be like them, no matter from where we come from we should always look and reach to sky and when water lilies bloom they look heavenly, their fragrance will reach to your soul, when you stare them you will feel peaceful, relaxed and joyful. I find myself whenever I spend my time with them, I talk to them & they talk to me back. I know when they are in stress and maybe at times my own hand doesn’t give them what they want just like a baby doesn’t get everything from a parent. A love, irreplaceable.

Water lilies are also very easy to grow, you can grow in a container, you can create a pond or you can enjoy them in natural pond. They do not like moving water. They are beautiful and with many hybrids from breeding you may say we have thousands and thousands of water lilies in the world but wait! How many you think we have ever seen or come across in India, no we  haven’t much but we are gradually learning a great deal and my motive to start this blog is just not to educate them about water lilies but to fill their heart with love the same I hold for them and then see the potential of India.

I am ending this blog on a note that people will appreciate and would take interest to know this more & I promise that I will come with more knowledge and details on my next blog. This was just an introduction & I hope you like it. Keep your comments open for suggestion and watch some of my collections

 

























Comments

  1. Looking forward for your future blogs with indepth knowledge about tropical, hardies, IGS's, Australian gigantiae, Atrans, Imutablis, Carpinteria, pollination, germination, etc.
    Best Wishes,
    Ratan.

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  2. Looking forward for your future blogs with indepth knowledge about tropical, hardies, IGS's, Australian gigantiae, Atrans, Imutablis, Carpinteria, pollination, germination, etc.
    Best Wishes,
    Ratan.

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  3. I am too happy to read your journey to become a hybridiser.Looking forward for your next blog.You have very beautiful flowers.

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  4. Excellent work & appreciable! May you go many miles with your passion for water-lilies!! It's a job done well!!

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  5. Very good beginning Somnath. We don't have any Indian authors book on Waterlily. This may be a step towards book in couple of years. All the best for future blogs and We will see more :)

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    1. Thanks Kapil. That the plan to create something better which could be used as a study material to beginners and inspire others into waterlily growing

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  6. Beautiful somnath... Very proud of you..... It's excellent job... It just shows how much you love water lilies.. Commandable and appreciable.. Keep loving and keep chasing your dream....

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  7. The thrill of seeing waterlillies bloom is indeed a rewarding experience.It certainly teaches you patience if nothing else!

    Your blog is a great step and much needed. While a lot of videos are available on You Tube on growing waterlillies , there is hardly anything on growing waterlillies in the Indian Environment, with temperatures raging to 46 degrees in summer months in the North.
    We look forward to you sharing your experiences which will help spread the water lilly culture in India.Thank you for taking the initiative of educating us.

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  8. It will help us a lot for the future in hibridazier with my plants

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  9. A wonderful journey has begun and I'm sure it'll reach to places yet to imagine . I wish you the very best in this endeavour Sammy .
    Best always
    Siddharth.

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  10. Beautiful write up
    Appreciated ur beautiful and Colorful collection always
    Wishing you a great success ALWAYS
    Will be waiting for your next blog.

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    1. Even i am eagerly waiting for my next blog :-) Thanks a lot

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  11. Nice 👌 work....we r proud of you....
    I'm happy to worked with you...

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    1. same here. a lot of my skills developed during working with talented people here at RIL

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  12. Nice write up if possible pls write something on a step wise guide on setting up a lily tub or a potted lily

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    1. Thank You. Follow my next blog it may contain some more details

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  13. Awesome bro.. will surely visit ur place soon

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  14. Dear Somnathji,
    I had ordered some seeds about 2-3 years back (I think it was from eBay.in from your nelimaonestopgardening. The germination was very good, but unfortunately they didn't grow up thereafter.
    This I feel is due to either me planting them at the wrong time, or placing them in the wrong position, allowing algae to grow.
    I shall go through your blog and others if I feel like trying to grow them from seed. However, I have a question or two:
    1. Your lilies are not listed on the online selling sites; how does one order if one would like to?
    2. Do you also sell rhizomes (those would guarantee 100% success)?
    I stay at Ahmedabad and at present have 2 types of water lilies (common types - one pink, and the other purple viviparous day blooming).
    The waterlilies displayed on your blog are very beautiful.
    With regards,
    Tariq Desai

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