Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Hot, the Loud and the Proud, September '10

Today is the last day of September and I remembered that it is the day for posting pictures of tropical plants. Most of the plants in my garden are tropical plants anyway. The Sanchezia shown above has really got masses of 'hot' flowers now, and the leaves remind one of tiger stripes.
The Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia regina was named after the family of a queen.

The Guzmania flower will last for months.
My thanks to Noel at A Plant Fanatic in Hawaii for hosting the meme.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


When my friend Anu showed me the growth on the Peacock Flower Caesalpinia pulchrrima plant, I thought it was a parasite. On closer inspection we found that it was the stem which had grown monstrously.
The growth looked like an alien green snake with hoods. Flower buds were sprouting from the stem.

The growth had curled into a bizarre spiral. There were two such growths in the plant.
I would like to know what caused the plant to have a growth like that.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My World- The Wake Up Call

Where is everybody? No one has woken up ever after three wake-up calls!
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Today's Flowers - Beauty without Perfume

Flowers of the tropical region are usually brightly coloured or highly scented. But some are the exception. Even though they are scentless, they are still popular.Thunbergia fragrans has white flowers which are not fragrant at all. Some people say that it is the plant which is fragrant, but I don't get any smell. These yellow flowers still remain nameless, as I am unable to find their name. They too have no scent, but their colour is very bright.

The Star Pentas is another scentless flower. The bushes are full of blooms now.

Although many roses these days do have scent, this lovely red rose is not scented.

The Walking Iris flowers last for a few hours in this weather. It is another of the scentless wonders.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Weekend Reflections

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Flower Flaunt Friday

Now that the incessant rains have stopped, plenty of flowers are blooming in my garden.
The Suset Bells Chrysothemis pulchella is also called Black Flamingo , and Copperleaf. The double pink pelargoniums seem to have withstood the rainy season well

I planted these pink- mauve Cleomes with dahlias of the same colour, and Barbados Bachelor's Buttons of a similar colour. I had seen pictures of same colour gardens in England. But now I think a contrasting colour would have been better for our tropical surroundings.

This double hibiscus is from my school garden.

This Thunbergia mysorensis on a pergola from my school garden elicits 'Aah!'s from visitors, but I think mine are more beautiful.
Thanks to Tootsie Time for hosting the meme.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gardening a Game

I was invited by Malar of My Little Garden for a game in which I have to write ten things I love todo and invite ten friends to join in. So here goes:
1. I love wild flowers. The picture above is that of the wild Himalayan Briar Rose.
2. I love photography ever since I won a digital camera in a Quiz competition two years ago.

3. I love reading. I usually sit in my garden with a book.
4. I like to listen to music. It may be of any kind. It depends upon my mood.

5. I love to potter in the garden.
6. Of course, I love good food, who doesn't? I must confess that I hate cooking.

7. I love travelling. I especially like to go to the Himalayas.
This is the Dhauladhar Range in the Himalayas, where I had gone last May.
8. I love teaching. I enjoy being with children.

9. I like to see paintings.
10. Lastly, I love Alfonso Mango. The painting above is of the Alfonso Mango. It is by Suman Vaze, who teaches mathematics , and paints mathematical themes. You can view more of her wonderful paintings at
Now the next step. I invite all my blogger friends to join in this game. It is fun and it tells you many things about yourself. Do join in. The rules are simple.
1.Inform who invited you
2. Write ten things you like to do.
3. Invite ten bloggers to join in the game.
Thank you. Hope you will join in!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Surfeit of Food

The Royal Palm Roystonea regia is a favourite among the gardeners of large gardens and parks. It is also called the Bottle Palm, as it gets a bottle shape when it matures.
The leaves are a glossy green, and the bark is a silky pale grey. The tree stands staight majestically, making it look regal. They are planted in the avenues in parks, giving the avenue a formal look. Its flowers are pale yellow and full of food for the bees, which swarm the trees which are in flower.

I saw this frond on the ground, into which the flowers of the palm were falling like gentle rain upon the place beneath. There were scores of bees gorging on the pollen of the fallen flowers too. These guys seem to be sleeping it off after a full afternoon's orgy of eating and drinking.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

That's My Life - Flower Sellers

Flower sellers are usually women, but this flower shop has a boy who sells these garlands for offering at the temple. The garlands are made of jasmine, rose, yellow chrysanthemum , lotus , and with pink oleander blossoms.
Flower girls like this woman are a common sight on the roadside of south Indian cities. She makes strings of jasmine for the women to wear in their hair. She ties up the flowers dextrously with a string, without using a needle.

This is my contribution to My World at

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Flowers for Today- Rainy day flowers

The volunteer red salvia is undaunted by the overcast days, and the nightly rain. It is a native of the Americas, which has made itself comfortable in the tropics of Asia.

Another hardy plant is Sanchezia. It has bright leaves with yellow markings , and the flowers somehow remind me of the tiger. But it is called the Zebra plant by some. This is also a native of Brazil.
Another flower from the Western hemisphere is this Barbados Bachelor's Button. I like the pretty violet colour, and its fruity scent when the leaves are bruised.

A native of India, this pink hibiscus flowers profusely throughout the year. It has long stems which can make it unsightly. There is also a white variety which is very popular for making a home made herbal shampoo.

The Chinese Hat , Holmskioldia is a native of the Himalayan regions of India. I saw these flowers on a hedge .
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Weekend Reflections- Floating Rangoli

It is usual in South Indian homes to have a bowl full of water with flowers floating in it , kept at the hallway near the entrance. It denotes welcome and cheer.
This is a floating rangoli in my frog pond .

Welcome to my blog. James at hosts Weekend Reflections every week.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Skywatch Friday- Grey Skies through Pink Flowers

The skies are relentlessly grey,and the pink, pendulous flowers of this Thunbergia also seem to have lost their colour .
My thanks to the team of Skywatch for hosting the meme.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Foliage Plants

The predominant colour in my garden is green. While other gardens in the neighbourhood are spilling over with hibiscus and chrysanthemum blooms, my foliage plants seem to be thriving. I console myself that the lack of abundance of flowers may be due to the trees all around.
The Nailpolish Bromeliad Neoregalia spectabilis has come out with its rare pink flowers now.
Alocacia Metallica has dark leaves which look like a horse's face. They look striking against a wall. Small plantlets of this alocacia are sprouting up all over my garden now.

The huge leaves of this Anthurium have light coloured veins.

This is a native Lemon grass .The blades are razor sharp- I have had my fingers slashed by them twice! I use the leaves to flavour tea, and also for Thai cooking.

This is an Alpinia - a ginger. It is like a beam of sunshine in a corner of the garden.Its shell like flowers are also attractive.
Leaves have so many different shapes, textures and colours. I wonder why we overlook them .

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day Sept 2010

Tge goldend Chalice vine Solandra grandiflora is bravely putting out its huge trumpets in spite of the heavy rain.
My frog pond gets filled by rainwater, which the water lilies seem to like.

American Elderberry Sambucus canadensis has delicate, lace like inflorescence, which , I think is very strong to withstand the heavy rain.

Water Hyacinth blooms have such a delicate colour. They too seem to enjoy the rain.

The old faithful Hoya Carnosa is bravely bringing out flowers, which get destroyed in a day by the downpour.
Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting Garden Blogger's Bloom Day.


This little frog had markings which make it almost invisible in its hunting ground.
It saves itself from the birds and snakes with the help of its camouflage.

This moth was sleeping on my window curtain the whole afternoon. It looked like a print on the fabric.

The mantid in the picture below sits quietly on the marigold, waiting for its prey.

The mantids I have seen in my garden are usually green, but this one had interesting markings, making it invisible among the French marigolds.
These are some of the friends of my garden.