Kannur: People who visit Shailaja S Rajan’s house at Chalakunnu here will be pleased to have a glance at the beautiful flowers. Over 1500 flower plants are being cultivated here. It will allure everyone who cross this house named ‘Shairaj’ in Chinmaya mission school road.
Apart from plants in flower pots, beautiful flowers are bloomed in the vertical garden on the walls. Being an ardent flower lover, Shailaja is keen to cultivate beautiful flowering plants in her garden. She has won first prize in flower garden competitions organised by Horticulture society.
Shailaja started gardening as a serious job 25 years ago. At first, she made a roof garden. She cultivated Orchids. When large number of flowers started to bloom, she decided to sell the flowers.
“An orchid flower was sold at Rs 3. A bunch will have at least 15 flowers. But it was not much profitable,” said Shailaja.
When she was experimenting roof garden with Orchids, she came to know about the gardening contest. KB Nambiar, a native of Chalakunnu, informed her about the contest. She had won first prize for roof gardening many times.
But later, the roof garden was closed as she decided to décor her courtyard with different beautiful flowers. Like this, she converted her house as the most attractive one in the area.
She has spent huge amount of money to set garden in the courtyard. Whenever she found flower plants, she purchased it without bothering about the price.
Without losing energy, she continued to contest in the gardening competitions. She won first prize for more than 20 times.
Mixture of sand, coirpith powder and cow dung powder is used to arrange the soil for gardening. Groundnut cake and cow dung are used as fertilisers. It will enhance the growth of more flowers on the plants.
Bougainville, adeinium flowers, cactus, season flowers, begonia and 10 varieties of hibiscus are cultivated in the garden. In bonsai category, over 25 years old banyan tree is also seen.
“I experimented vertical garden on wall, when there was no more space in the courtyard,” said Shailaja.
Along with flower garden, Shailaja also started to cultivate vegetables. She farmed tomato, cabbage and cauliflower in her kitchen garden.
Vegetable cultivation was profitable in the first phase itself, said Shailaja.
“Gardening is not a profitable business. But I really enjoy it,” added Shailaja.