Sunday, December 22, 2013


 The Camellia has bloomed this year again in my garden. When I bought the plant 5 years ago, other gardeners looked pityingly at me and said it would never flower in our tropical climate. Fortunately, it has been flowering since last year, filling my heart with joy! I have now bought a pink camellia plant, and hoping it will flower soon.
The plant is full of flower buds,,, some of them will probably open when I am away during the Christmas holidays.
Wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!
My thanks to the team of Today' Flowers, who have brought joy to so many of us for so many years. I look forward to seeing many more flowers in the new year, and the years ahead!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

W for Water

 A fountain in a lake in Mysore
 Where there are waterlilies, there is water.
 A lake in Mumbai
 Watery marsh....
I thank Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger and their team for the wonderful ABC Wednesday

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Today's Flowers

Most hibiscus plants have gone to the rest mode, but some, like this one are valiantly showing flowers.
 Another hard working hibiscus.
 My Strelitzia is slowly waking from its slumber.
 Kalanchoe flowers are attractive, though my camera doesn't do them justice.
 Golden shrysanthemums love the winter when they can show their blooms .
You can see flowers from all over the world at Today's Flowers.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

V for Vegetables

 The vegetable fields of the Nilgiris
 Brinjal, or eggplant as some people call it, in my garden
 Tomato from my garden.
A vegetable vendor ...
My thanks to Mrs Nesbitt and Roger for the vivid blog ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Today's Flowers

 Thunbergia alata, which is flowering on many fences, is also called Black-eyed Susan here.
 The Fragrant Panama Rose is faintly fragrant.
 This ground orchid flowered unexpectedly last week.
My thanks to the team of Today's Flowers where you can see flowers from all over the world.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ABC Wednesday- U

 Utterly exasperating though the letter U is,I unhesitatingly clicked  the Umbels , which are the places  to find unknown creatures.
Under the coconut tree was this unknown (to me) umbel-like fungus.
I thank Mrs.Nesbitt and the understanding Roger for ABCWednesday.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Flowers in the Tropics

 The Black-Eyed Susan Thunbergia is a wildflower blooming in vacant plots now.
The Crown of Thorns has started putting out flowers in readyness for spring which is around the corner.
 The Bittergourd Karela has fragrant flowers as well as delicious , although bitter fruit.
The Snowflake Bush Euphorbia leucocephala is full of tiny white bracts, reminding us of the real snowflakes that are seen elsewhere in the world.
My thanks to Denise and other team members of Today's Flowers.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

ABC Wednesday to a T

 The Triangle butterfly Graphium sarpedon is a constant visitor in my garden, but he is camera shy.
 The vivid blue of the Thunbergia benghalensis  attracts many butterflies and small birds.
 Transporting goods in the desert state of Rajasthan.
Transporting tender coconuts to quench the traveller's thirst.
 Transporting other means of transport.
With thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger at ABCWednesday...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Flowers for Today

 This Thunbergia sends long chandeliers of flowers.
 Justicia can flower in shade too, making it a prized plant for a shady garden.
 This wild hibiscus' leaves and pods are used for making a tangy chutney.
You can see loads of beautiful flowers at Today's Flowers, ably managed by Denise.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ABC Wednesday S

 The Sahyadri Cruiser is a shy butterfly found in the forests of the Sahyadri mountains.
 The Sullied Sailor has stripes .
 The spices of the Sahyadris have lured famous sailors like Columbus and Vasco de Gama.
 Ths sylvan beauty of the Sahyadri Mountains leaves one spellbound.
I thank Mrs.Nesbitt who started ABCWednesday , and Roger who strongly supports it.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Flowers for Today

 The Zimbabwe Creeper Podrana bryceii needs very little water, but gives out plenty of flowers.
 The Matchstick Plant  is also showing very pretty inflorescenc.

I could not link my last week,s post to Today,s Flowers. I hope the link functions today.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

R for Rampart

 According to the Oxforddictionary, a rampart is a high wide wall of stone or earth with a path on top, built around a castle, town etc.,to defend it.  This romantic rampart was built for Rani Roopmati by her royal husband.
 Rampart of a royal residence in Mandu.

 The rampart on a rock resisted the attacks by foes .
Thanking the reliable Roger and the responsible Mrs.Nesbitt for the radiant meme ABCWednesday.