POTD: Time check (Four O’Clock Flower)โฐ

I have the Pathumani meaning 10 O’Clock plant and discovering it’s counterpart, the 4 O’Clock plant was a big surprise. To know of such a flower’s existence was a wonder in itself !! I kept seeing the bright magenta flowers amidst the green cover during my occasional evening walks, but had no idea about their…

POTD: Lilac 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. Lilac 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…

POTD: Snake plant in bloom โš˜

The snake plant is seen in almost all home gardens but I have never seen them flower, until today โš˜. It can’t be spring already !? Let nature decide that ! The name snake plant sounds intimidating so I didn’t feel like going for a closer inspection๐Ÿ”. The white flowers are pretty and delicate looking…

POTD: Purple memories ๐Ÿ’—

Purple in winter ๐Ÿ’—, the warm colour can dispel any winter bluesโ„๏ธ. December didn’t see much rain in Bangalore; mornings and evenings were cold and windy while the afternoons were bright and sunny โ˜€๏ธ. It was good weather and these plants seem to be enjoying it. The flowers like the sun and the colour is…

Hedge hunting ๐Ÿ’ฎ

Our apartment complex in Bangalore is composed of a single tower with eight flats on each floor. And like all planned apartment gardens, we too have hedges circumambulating the outside perimeter of this fourteen storey tower. These hedges are composed of a variety of flowering plants and a few variegated shrubs but always manicured to…

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: Bird-of-paradise flower ๐Ÿ

The winter months have dulled the colour of the gardens around our apartment complex. From my balcony, I can see the that the champa tree (White Frangipani) has shed all its leaves and has gone into hibernation. But near the champa tree a splash of orange has bloomed; it’s the Bird-of-paradise flower ๐Ÿ; the sunburst…

POTD: Day lily ๐ŸŒผ

It was just a single flower; but it’s bright orange colour stood out amidst the surrounding green. Day lily is what it is commonly referred to, I think. Orange for me has always been associated with marigolds (jamanthi) and now its two more orange flowers – the orange Angel’s Trumpets ๐Ÿ‘‰ POTD: August blooms ๐Ÿงก…

POTD: Hydrangea ๐ŸŒธ

The florets are pretty ๐ŸŒธ; another flower I found grown at the resort Trivik in Chikmagalur. The dead leaves around needs to be removed, it is not a pretty sight. I thought of not posting this pic but the lilac and lavender shades on the small florets are dreamy โœจ and I did not want…

POTD: Purple 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 purple flowers. I first thought this to be a hybrid of the hibiscus; but later noticed that the leaves were different. It’s…

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…

October bliss โ˜”๏ธ

Puja holidays have started in Bangalore, schools are closed for the next 10 days and people are mulling travel ๐Ÿ˜€. The intermittent rains and the cloudy days give a kind of holiday feel to Bangalore. Bliss !! The gardeners had cropped the rain lilies in September; but now they have grown back and are beginning…

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: Glorious sea of magenta ๐Ÿ’– (guest post)

The magenta water lillies are in full bloom as far as eyes can see. They have covered the paddy fields and are a spectacular sight to behold !! And where is this? @Kottayam, Kerala. Early morning is the best time to visit this lovely scene and you can go amidst this bloom in a vallam…

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: July blooms ๐ŸŒผ

Three flowers on my Pathumani (10 O’clock) plant today. Yellow flowers ๐Ÿ’›. They are probably the easiest flowering plants to grow; they flower practically everyday, pretty little things๐ŸŒผ. They make my day !! I hope to get the pink ones too ๐ŸŒธ !! This is probably the first flowering plant on my balcony; borrowing the…

Lilies of the (football) field โ€

Look what the rains have brought โœจโœจ White rain lilies are what they are called I think. They are so pretty ๐Ÿ˜˜. The white is glowing and in the background of the green, growing in bunches they are a spectacular sight !! It’s not just a pretty flower, it is a happy flower, welcoming the…

Gulmohar โ™ฅ๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ

The trees in bloom in Bangalore are harbingers of the changing seasons. It’s just a month ago that the Garden City was swathed in delicate pink and yellow from the tabebuia rosea and aurum trees ๐Ÿ‘‰Tabebuia bloom in Bangalore ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ heralding spring. And in May the city’s canopy has changed to red – the bright…