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…

Almond canopy๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚

There’s always something that catches the eye and sparks a curiosity; for this tree, it was it’s big broad shapely red leaves. On sunny days, the tree drew attention as it filtered the sunlight through its crimson and green canopy, while on the cold windy days, the burnt orange and brown hues exuded an autumn…

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…

Potted rubber ๐Ÿชด

It is the the long, slender red buds, standing upright amidst the big dark green leaves that I noticed first. The striking red buds of this small tree seem to be reaching out to the sun but I had no idea what plant it was !? The buds should be blooming into large flowers I…

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…

A walking trail in Cubbon Park ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒธ

The two major green spaces in Bangalore are the Lalbagh & the Cubbon Park; the former a botanical garden and the latter a proper park. I have been to the Lalbagh, a sprawling 240 acres of greenery; but Cubbon park visit happened only this year. The first visit to the Cubbon Park was in March…

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,…