JWB Bloggers Discovered A Fairy Land During Their Visit To Neeta Upadhyay’s Garden
- IWB Post
- December 6, 2016
Guess what? I just lived an incredible dream: most of us don’t even know of the existence of this dream. A dream of being cradled by nature! Do you sense that I’m slipping into poetry mode? Trust me, I am. And all of it, thanks to Neeta Upadhyay of Orion Greens & Orion Club.
When we entered her home, we were expecting to see a beautiful garden, but saw a fairyland instead! You might think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. Neeta ji was going to teach us how to make a ‘Fairy Garden’ and a ‘Terrarium Garden.’
But, first, it was time to call dibs on the beautiful ceramic tub. Lavanya, Jayati and I were thrilled. But, I think a little extra for me. I was already beginning to plan the objects that I was going to mark as my territory (not that territory!).
Meanwhile, in Lavanya’s land, she found the fascination of just being in a garden.
“Hey, Lovy, what do you feel like doing?”
“I think I just want to dive into gardens like Uncle Scrooge!”
Jayati and I hadn’t realized, but we were constantly in competition. Each of us was trying to prove to Neeta ji that one was better at gardening than the other. Yes, we were pressing soil on top of the first layer and continued until it reached a certain height.
Lavanya was lucky that she’d gotten a separate terrarium garden to prepare for herself. When she wasn’t looking at me, I secretly showed her my tongue. Then, I noticed that Jayati wasn’t looking either, so I repeated the same.
It felt gratifying.
After many fights, Jayati and I finished all the layers of the fairy garden and waited for Neeta ji’s assessment. Um, yeah, she liked Jayati’s work better, but.. um.. whatever. (Just kidding, read on to see how I seek revenge on her).
Neeta ji dug in some soil to insert plants inside the fairyland. Jayati and I offered to help her (yes, we had many intentions of competitiveness). Lavanya stared at us from a distance giving us the stink eye.
Lavanya’s Terrarium Garden was all prepared. And Jayati and I started compiling the other ingredients of the Fairy Land.
After we had planted the house inside the fairyland, Lavanya had a realization, “I’ve always wanted to live in a house like this. It’s really the dream. Imagine if there was a pond around?”
“Let me help you with that!” Neeta ji added. She brought out a blue polyethylene to turn it into a pond.
We all continued to look at her to see how she’d turn it into a pond. Neeta ji dug out some soil and prepared a puddle, where the water would sit.
HA! In your face, Jayati! [Revenge Closure successfully gained.]
Now, once our Fairy Land was prepared, with a pretty bench, some water in the pond, a tiny house, only one thing was missing.
Ah, imagine living in that setup. At least, I get to look at it every day. *Wink*
Neeta ji assured all of us that we’d get a walk through a real fairyland, too. We couldn’t wait to see her garden.
Her bonsai plants had stolen Lovy’s heart away. She told Neeta ji about how she’d accidentally killed all of her bonsai plants.
Do you want to learn gardening, too? Or make your own Bonsai plants? You can get in touch with Neeta Upadhyay here.
Photo Courtesy: Nupur Agarwal