Bangalore’s Jacaranda ๐Ÿช

This beautiful flowering tree is quintessential to Bangalore’s nostalgic spring and summer months. The delicate bell shaped flower blooming in clusters and framed against the blue sky is an enchanting sight. Last year ๐Ÿ‘‰ POTD: Jacaranda ๐Ÿ’œ Learning a little about it’s history, the tree was introduced in India during the British Raj from Brazil;…

Small, white & pretty…โœง

The Jasmine would befit such a description; a fragrant flower and a member of the vine family. But these small clusters of white flowers are called Sweet Autumn Clematis or Sweet Autumn Virgin’s Bower. They are planted in my aunt’s garden in Kerala. The vine has an iron frame to twine around and support it…

POTD: Violet vines ๐Ÿ’œ

They are hanging over our boundary wall from the neighbour’s; thrilled to see it. The colour and the clusters look so very pretty. Violet comes to mind; on closer inspection, there is also a hint of purple. They are called Petrea, a creeper named after Robert James Petre, a renowned British botanist. The petals of…

Yellow splendour ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’›

No one told this tree that it was winter in Bangalore; it’s yellow flowers are in full bloom and together with the green canopy, it stands dressed in green and gold ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’›, ready for the wedding season ! It’s called Gaudichaudi or the Chestnutleaf trumpet bush; the flowers shaped like golden yellow trumpets and clustered…

POTD: Allamanda ๐Ÿ’ฎ

I had earlier posted the pictures of our Akasha Mallige, the Indian Cork Tree ๐Ÿ‘‰Jasmine tree โ€โ€ growing in our apartment complex. Below it on the metal fence, you probably can see few pinkish magenta flowers. I first thought this to be a hybrid of the hibiscus; but later noticed that the leaves were different….

POTD: Angel’s Trumpets ๐ŸŒธ

The first encounter with these pretty flowers was on the Museum Cross Road in Bangalore. They were orange coloured flowers on the boundary wall of a nearby building ๐Ÿ‘‰ POTD: August blooms ๐Ÿงก But in the hills we discovered two more pretty shades of these Angel’s Trumpets, one was a pink shade and another an…

POTD: Blessed ๐ŸŒบ

The hibiscus is so common that it doesn’t get a second look (from me !). They are planted and shaped as hedges around our apartment complex. They seem to have no complaints; they just grow back after being trimmed. The leaves are always glossy and green and the flowers are in pretty colours – red,…

Jasmine tree โ€โ€

Life got busy and days began to run with the same routine. And then after a gap of maybe a week or more, it rained yesterday evening in Bangalore. After the rain, it felt so cool and nice; it was an open invitation to step out of the house. It resulted in an impromptu evening…

POTD: August blooms ๐Ÿงก

While father and son were parking the car and figuring out the online pay and park mechanism at the Museum Cross Road in Bangalore; I was drawn to these downward drooping pastel orange coloured flowers on the boundary wall of a nearby building. Why are they facing down and the colour is so pretty ๐Ÿงก….

POTD: River and rain in Kerala ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง

My folks at home in Kerala reported incessant rains from yesterday morning, 14 May Friday and it’s still raining there today also. The reason is a depression and low pressure over the Arabian sea that could potentially be a cyclone (named Tauktae) in the making. The rains though are providing a welcome relief from the…

POTD: Champa โ€โ€

A reference to the Champa is found in almost all books Indian. It’s sweet scent is what attracts the pen “From across the road, the dense heavy scent of the champak wafts in.” writes Anita Nair about her home in Bangalore in the book Goodnight and God Bless ๐Ÿ‘‰A charming slice of life ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ“– I…

POTD: Jacaranda ๐Ÿ’œ

If there is one common theme that threads the nostalgic memoirs of Bangaloreans, it has to be the flowering trees of the Garden City ๐ŸŒณ. Among the plethora of trees in Bangalore, two are always fondly recalled – the Jacaranda and the Champa. I had no clue what the Jacaranda looked like….until now. It’s flowers…

Tabebuia bloom in Bangalore ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

At first I thought they were Cherry Blossoms; but no, they are Tabebuia and more correctly Tabebuia rosea marked by the clusters of baby pink trumpet shaped flowers๐ŸŒธ. And with each breeze they shower the sidewalks and the dividers along the roads, weaving a carpet of powdery pink. But the pink is so light that…

An itinerary for Chikmagalur ๐ŸŒณ

When I told my mom that we were in Chikmagalur for Christmas, her first association with the place was “That was Indira Gandhi’s constituency !” Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh was always the stronghold of the Congress party and Indira Gandhi’s home constituency. But after the Emergency rule, she lost the elections from Raebareli in 1977…