Sunday, June 26, 2011

Today's Flowers

The purple Passion flower vine has overwhelmed the Litchee tree and giving out its cloyingly scented flowers. Since the Litchee tree seems to be uninclined to set flower, I am content to use it as a support for the vine.
The Elderberry bush is full of these huge clusters of tiny white flowers. The inflorescence seems to be a favourite place for small spiders and mantids.
This red ginger is a native of the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats are a series of thickly forested mountains on the west coast of India, with an astonishingly huge biodiversity. Unfortunately, those rain forests are getting depleted due to mining and other activities. I hope the government will make a determined effort to conserve the forests.
The scent of this Attar Rose evokes memories of my childhood, when every garden had this plant. Now it is no longer in fashion as the scentless hybrid varieties of roses have become the favourites of people here.
This is a double Alamanda, which flowers rarely.
My thanks to Santilli, Denise, Pupo and Sandy Carlson for hosting Today's Flowers.

13 comments:

  1. I like that you let the passionflower vine clamber over the litchi tree; I just planted what is supposedly the only species of passionflower hardy around here in front of my parents' house. It is still quite small but growing quite fast so I hope that we will see at least a few flowers later this summer. Also, I love that you have the attar rose. I am trying to get old varieties like that one for this garden - because of the scent but also because they do much better in our climate than those flashy scentless modern ones - but none of the nurseries around here stock them. Finally, I had no idea that elderberry trees grow in India! They are everywhere in Germany where I lived as a kid but here in the US we do not get them very often. Thanks for the lovely post!

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  2. Your Elderberry Bush is amazing! I would like to grow that. Haven't notice this plant before.

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  3. Exquisite flowers, lovely colors and superb captures as always! Hope your weekend is going well!

    Sylvia

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  4. My passion vine climbs every which way clinging to whatever may be in it's path. They are wonderful flowers. I love all of your blooms. I've never seen a double alamanda, very pretty. I would love to smell your Attar Rose, I bet it is wonderful.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

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  5. Really loved your descriptions below each photo. The elderberry bush is fascinating and beautiful. The double allamanda is new to me...so far I've only seen the single ones. as for the rose, I can imagine how wonderful the smell is... Beautiful passion flower and red ginger blooms!

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  6. I especially love the red ginger photo! Excellent job in capturing it.

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  7. Nice shots of the beautiful flowers!

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  8. Beautiful photos of all the beautiful flowers. :)

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  9. The double Allamanda is beautiful -- and so different from the usual one. That's a lovely shade of pink on the rose. Keep your fingers crossed -- there is an urgent move by the govt. to get 39 sites in the Western ghats inscribed on the World heritage list!

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  10. a delightful collection. the attar rose is very pretty...this is the rose of my childhood, too.

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  11. The Elderberry and double Allamanda are wonderful!!

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  12. Always a delight to see what is flowering in your garden Kanak. Old roses are one of my passions, in fact, I have one that no rose-grower could identify for me. I finally found it in one of Redoute's paintings of the roses in Empress Josephin's garden. It turned out to be Rosa Noisettiana. I have grown two from cuttings. It has a great flush of flowers in spring, is very thorny and climbs in all directions madly. I don't know if you have the space for it and whether it is possible to send plant material to India but if you liked, I could airmail you some cuttings.

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  13. pretty flowers! thanks for stopping by.

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