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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The Pink Trumpet Tabebuia rosea is in full bloom all over the city now. This tree is in the Forest department's nursery near my home.
A natve of tropical America, the Pink Trumpet was introduced more than a century ago. The flowers are delightful mauve colour and they attract lots of bees.
Friday, December 18, 2009
The purple Barleria cristata never fails to bloom during Christmas time. It is called 'December flower' locally. There are other colours too, ranging from white and pink to deep purple.
The Shrimp plant is also called Pachystachys lutea now. I don't know why the scientists suddenly change the scientific name.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The hibiscus is blooming tirelessly.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Flame of the Woods, Ixora coccinia flowers through the year. You can see it flowering all along the road when you travel in Goa. It has glossy green leaves and bright orange flowers.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Butterflies have suddenly become less now. I was thrilled to see the lime butterfly on the lemon grass.
Friday, December 11, 2009
The geraniums are flowerinng now, reminding one that Christmas is not far.
The Cricifix Orchid is putting out more flowers. Tou can see the 'crucifix' clearly if you click on the flower.
The Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia milii is also putting out lots of flowers.
Many more flowers which are associated with Christmas in this part of the world are blooming now. Please visit Katarina at Roses and Stuff for more Blooming Friday pictures.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
There are some flowers blooming now which should have waited for a month. The pink frangipani in one of the neighbourhood gardens is one of them. The pretty flowers are fragrant too.
Friday, December 4, 2009
My Guzmania has flowered three years after I bought it! I hope it will become deep red as the nurseryman said.
This bromeliad, which we call Nail-polish plant has also started flowering.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
One of the favourite questions of teachers of level 3 is,'Which is the tallest grass in the world?'The Children are quite surprised to know that it is the Bamboo because they think of Bamboo as a tree.
Bamboo has been used by humans since pre history. The Chinese used it to write on as far back as 2500B.C. In India, Bamboo is used to make baskets, build houses , as a scaffolding during constructions, and to make paper. A delicious pickle is made from tender bamboo shoots.
Bamboo has a great surviving capacity. After the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, a stand of bamboo at Ground Zero survived the atomic blast and started putting forth new shoots within days of the catastrophe.
There are legends about the bamboo all over the world. An ancient Malaysian legend is about a man who dreams of a beautiful woman when he is asleep under a bamboo thicket. He wakes up and cuts the bamboo and finds the woman.
For the Chinese, gifting of a living bamboo means good luck.
The topmost picture is of the Golden Bamboo, Bambusa nutans which has been planted by my absent neighbour.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This flower is called Gokarna jasmine locally.Now that real jasmine is hard to come by, village women wear this in their hair.
This Scilla gives out pretty white flowers. The leaves of the plant have an interesting blotched pattern.
The Amazon lily obviously has no flowering season. It flowered all through the summer, and now , in mid winter (for the tropics) , it is giving out more flowers.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The volunteer tomato plants in my vegetable patch have given me a good harvest. There are tomatoes of all sizes and hues in it, including some golden ones.
The tomato, Solanum lycopersicum, is another fruit of the Americas which has become popular throughout the world. But it was long thought to be a poisonous fruit. The second part of its name means "wolf peach", showing what people thought of it. When Cortez found it growing in Emperor Montezuma's garden, he took some seeds and introduced the tomato to the Spanish court. It remained a curiosity for a long time.