Wednesday, February 26, 2014

G for Gardens

 Sim's Park in Coonoor in the Nilgiris was built in the 19th century by the British gardeners. It is built on a steep hillside, without interfering much with the contour of the land. It is a happy blend of native  and exotic plants. It is the most beautiful garden I have ever seen, although many others are more famous.
 A romantic pathway in a garden in Ooty.
 The municipal garden surrounding the historic palace of Tipu Sultan in Bangalore. The gardeners here have created an island of quiet in the centre of the busy and chaotic City Market. They have taken the path of least maintenance.
 A Chinese garden in Hong Kong . These gardens are not places of stillness and peace , unlike the Japanese gardens.
Thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger for the great

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Coffee Flowers

 My coffee plant has brought out a few flowers for the first time. This is the season for coffee flowers, which make the coffee plantations in Coorg and Wayanad sell heavenly. The flowering season lasts for a very short time, like the cherry blossom season in Japan.
 I was lucky to visit a coffee plantation in Coorg when the whole place was awash with flowers. The flowers smell like jasmine, they don't have a coffee fragrance!
 Unlike the tea plantations, the coffee plantations are ecologically friendly, as many other plants thrive there.
You can see some lovely flowers at Today's Flowers.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Freedom and Flowers

Freedom to visit any garden and eat whatever fruit I want is my birthright!
 Fortunately, the fabulous Fuchsias hold no fascination for the monkeys.

This foot path on the Living Root Bridge  is famed to be four score decades old.
My thanks to the famous Mrs.Nesbitt, the founder of ABCWednesday and to the friendly Roger.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ABC Wednesday- E

 As children, we learnt E for Elephant. Elephants carved in stone are a common sight at the entrance of temples.
Elephants walk majestically on the busy roads of Mysore, while the traffic waits respectfully at a distance.
 The enigmatic temples of Khajuraho are famous for their erotic sculptures.
 They are enchanting, but too explicit to enter my website:(
I express my thanks to the erudite Mrs.Nesbitt and the team of

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Flowers for Today

 The Amazon Lily has just started blooming. The flowers have a delicious scent in the night. They bloom twice a year in my garden- aren't I lucky!
 Thunbergia fragrans does not have any fragrance that I can smell:(
 Thunbergia erecta flowers throughout the year.
Many thanks to Denise and other members of the team  of  Today'sFlowers 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

D for Design

 The  design on the dazzling silver doorway of a temple near Dandeli draws droves of visitors.
 Dhatura flowers have a delicious scent, a design by Nature, the master designer, to attract pollinators.
The Digging at Mandu by the Archeological Survey has a design.
The design on the roof of the 600 year old Queen's Bath in Mandu was developed to make a natural jaccousi for her.

My thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt, the designer of ABCWednesday, and her team.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Flowers to C

 Chrysanthemums are holding their own in the heat of the day.
Colville's Glory is a spectacular flower which blooms in the beginning of autumn.

My thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt, the creator oabcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.comf ABCyWednesda, and the charming team which is continuing it.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Flowers foe February

 Justicia in two colours are blooming now in my garden.

 Chrysanthemum is on its last days of splendour.
 Mantids find the rose a good place to lie in wait for prey.
My thanks to the team of Today's Flowers.