Sunday, January 2, 2011

Today's Flowers- First of 2011

The Orange Trumpet vine Bignonia venusta aka Pyrostegia ignea flowers during January in these parts. It is called the Sankranth Bel as it flowers during the festival of Sankranth which falls on January 14. This vine has been planted by my neighbour, but it covers my bitterlemon tree every January with its dazzling orange blooms.
The tubular flowers contain sweet nectar, which attracts bees and small birds.

The yellow Poinsettia has also started blooming now in my garden. It is a month late!
My thanks to the team of Today's Flowers . I had a lot of fun contributing to the meme, and visiting other blogs.



23 comments:

  1. I live in Gurgaon where the temperatures are a low 6-7 degrees now. The begonia vine is about to bloom in my garden too!

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  2. The Orange Trumpets are blooming here too. Love the colour! Your poinsettia took its own sweet time!;)

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  3. The orange trumpets look like unexploded fire crackers too. Your poinsettia has a lovely creamy white colour. Happy New Year 2011!

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  4. Oh, so that's what it is called! I see them around in my place too! Is bitterlemon a calamansi?

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  5. Beautiful flowers.
    Wish you Happy & Prosperous New Year.

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  6. Such pretty blooms!

    My Entry, happy new year!

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  7. Always love your gorgeous, colorful flowers! Such a lovely, bright spot for my morning! Have a lovely evening!

    Sylvia

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  8. aloha and thanks for participating...love all the wonderful colors this morning.

    happy new year to you and have a great gardening year.

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  9. Bignonia venusta has a unique orange colour.... so sweet. Happy New Year. ~bangchik

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  10. such luscious color! beautiful!

    http://savorthebite.blogspot.com/2011/01/todays-flowers-22.html

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  11. Arati and Lui: The bitter lemon is a lemon which is used to make pickles here. It is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine .

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  12. I love this vine. Lat year I was out on a farm on Maui (way out) and they had a building that was completely covered with it. Quite an amazing sight.

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  13. I haven't seen that Bignonia venusta flowers, it is so lovely. We have an almost similar flower in red though.

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  14. Love these two plants a lot! The orange blooms of this bignonia are so attractive. Great find.

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  15. Foarte frumoase flori!
    La multi ani!

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  16. Nice flowers. I have never seen anything like them. They almost look like a bunch of fingers growing from a tree.

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  17. That is such a vibrant colour Lotusleaf and such a bonus to have it wander in from next door. I loved seeing your yellow poinsettia - we are just used to seeing them as little houseplants but I'm sure yours gets to be quite a big shrub.

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  18. Stunning, such pretty flowers.

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  19. Amei as flores da árvore! Não a conhecia!

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  20. oh I love this post..! I brings back such happy memories of my childhood in Southern Africa...we had a huge orange trumpet climber over our garage and it blossomed masses of flowers for months!!

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