Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Flowers of My World

The Sunset Bells, Chrysothemis pulchella is flowering in my garden now. It will go into hiding in a couple of months.

The Lobster Claw heliconia flowers last for two months.
The Cockscomb is aptly named. It is proud and cocky.

The Firespike Odontonema strictum has fiery flowers.

Spotted Heart Stictocardia tiliolia is so named because of its heart shaped leaves.
Thanks to the team of Show Your World.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flowers for Shravan

This is the Indian month of Shravan when the monsoon rains are most active. Most of the plants are concentrating on growing, but some plants show their flowers now. The Hoya Carnosa with its scented waxy flowers is putting out garlands of flowers in my garden.

This curious Sanseveria which a friend gave me, has tubular leaves. The white flowers are highly scented, but only during the night!
The Golden Challice vine is in two minds- whether to grow more huge, or to display more of its huge flowers.

Surprisingly, this pelargonium flowered during the gloomy days, bringing some bright colour into the garden.

This Euphorbia has not stopped blooming since January.
The Jasmine plants are just concentrating on growing bigger. All the jasmine blooms used in temples, now comes from Tamil Nadu, which has rains in December.
This is my entry for Flowers for Today.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekend Reflections-Danger Lurks Within

This is a shot of Mumbai's Powai Lake, which I took in May . It looks so peaceful, but a hidden danger lurks within.The lake is the home of many fish, water birds , crocodiles and other aquatic animals. Fishermen come to the lake in the early morning, and row into the lake in their makeshift car-tyre canoes to fish. Yesterday I heard a shocking news. A young man who was fishing in a canoe suddenly shouted for help. In a scene reminiscent of 'Jaws', he was dragged down deep into the waters by a crocodile. Although his companions immediately rushed to his help, they could do nothing. His mangled, half eaten body was found later in the day, where the croc had hidden it.
You can see more entries for Weekend Reflections at http://newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com

Friday, August 27, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Every cloud has a silver lining.
My thanks to the skywatch team for hosting the meme.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wildflowers for Wednesday

The 4 O'clock flower Mirabilia has colonised all the vacant plots in my suburb. The colours it comes are amazing. Sometimes the same plant shows pink and yellow flowers. It propagates itself by the black pepper like seeds, as well as by the tubers.
The Indigo Plant Indigofera tinctoria has pink flowers, though its leaves are used to obtain a blue dye. This plant is found on hillsides.

Another plant found on vacant plots is the Black-eyed Susan Thunberia alata. It is a vine, but not very invasive. It flowers profusely throughout the year.
You can see more wildflowers in the blog Clay and Limestone.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This is My World

THese are the gardens of the school where I teach. The trees were planted by the children .

Colourful bougainvilleas cascde dowm the rocks in summer.
Colourful crotons border the playground.

Doesn't the bougainvillea make a lovely contrast to the rock? Many thanks to My World team.
For more pictures from all over the world, please click on http://showyourworld.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Flowers for Today

Phlox are a great favourite among gardeners because they flower profusely, and make neat bedding plants.
These are called 'Star Phlox' here, since the flowers are star shaped.

I like the colour of these flowers.

Canna indica makes a great show if planted in a large bed in a big garden. All the flowers shown above are from Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

The tiny white flowers of this Singapore Holly have a nice scent. The plant makes a good bonsai creation.
You can see flowers from all over the world at http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/ .

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weekend Reflections

The pond in my cousin's garden houses many colourful fishes. They keep the mosquitoes in check.
My little pond has tiny wild mosquito eating fish, as well as frogs. They eat all the mosquitoes and larvae they can get hold of.
The terracotta frog can't close his mouth, and so can't eat anything..ha ha.
For mor pictures, please visit http://newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com

Friday, August 20, 2010

Skywatch Friday

The sky through the corn.
The cobs are forming now in my corn.

This is the first time I planted some corn in my vegetable patch. The plants grow so tall so quickly- you can almost see them grow. I hope the squirrels and the parakeets alloow me to taste some corn when it is ready!
Happy Skywatch Friday! Thanks to the Skywatch team.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Watery Wednesday

Water birds in Karanji Lake in Mysore.
The fountain in the middle of the lake reminds me of Lake Geneva.

Thanks to Watery Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Alwar, the Green City of Rajasthan

Although the desert state of Rajasthan is chronically short of water, the city of Alwar is always green. Successive Maharajas of this city have made use of the Aravali hills surrounding the city to store and harvest rain water. The man made lakes at the base of the hills are a delight to see . They have raised the ground water levels in the surrounding areas so that the farmers grow abundant crops and vegetables.

An ancient aqueduct built to transport water from the Siliser lake to the city still stands in mute testimony to the far sightedness of the erstwhile rulers.
The Maharaja had built a huntinglodge -cum- pleasure resort on Siliser lake, which is now a hotel. People throng there during weekends.

Farmers in Rajasthan still rely on their trusty camel to transport fodder and grain. The heavy stuff is transported by trucks.
To view life in different parts of the world, click on http://showyourworld.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 16, 2010

Flower Show

Every year the Lalbagh botanical gardens holds two flower shows- one during January and one during August. I like to visit the August flower show as there will be many begonias and tropicals to admire and to buy. This time, there were roses and orchids.
The Coxcomb comes in many jewel colours.

An arrangement of annuals.

This replica of the INdia Gate in Delhi was made using thousands of maroon and red rosebuds.You can see the flowers in front if you click on the picture.

Rudbeckias with their cheerful faces at the entrance of the public garden.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

August GBBD- the Colours of Independence

Today is India's Independence day. Orange in the Indian flag signifies sacrifice.
These zinnias were blooming profusely in a public garden.

The orange heliconiums in my garden.

White is for purity.

Green is for harmony with nature.
Happy Independence Day to my Indian friends!
My thanks to Carol at Maydreams Garden for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Weekend Reflections

The city of Alwar in Rajasthan has many lakes around it. This is one such lake, Lake Siliset, on which the former Maharajah had built a palace. The palace is now a popular hotel.
The Aravali hill range surrounds the lake, which is the habitat of many birds , fishes and crocodiles.

A part of the famous 1967 Hindi movie 'The Guide' was shot around here, and astonishingly, the place still looks the same.
My thanks to James for hosting Weekend Reflections.You can see more pictures at http://newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com

Skywatch Friday

Last week I had to go to the city of Alwar in Rajasthan. Although Rajasthan is mainly desert, Alwar is green. As I was admiring the view here, a camel cart loaded with bags of grain passed by.
The camel cart is used to transport goods as well as rural folks in the desert.
The skies were blue there, a welcome change from the grey monsoon skies of the tropical south India.

Thanks to the Skywatch team for hosting the meme.