Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Bs and Cs of Lalbagh

Bougainvilleas and Cannas at the drive into Lalbagh

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Colville's Glory

A little while back Bangalore blogger LotusLeaf @ Garden Tropics had written about Colville's Glory, pictures of which she had taken in Mysore. Like it always happens, soon after reading about it on her blog, I got to see it for myself - in full bloom in Lalbagh. The trees by the parking lot, which i had mistaken for copperpods, were none other than Colvillea raceoma. It was a spectacular sight, with its fiery red buds and orange flowers amidst the green leaves.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nursery at Lalbagh

The nursery is a wonderful place to pick up seeds of various flowering plants and vegetables. It is also nice to just wander around and look at all the pots.

Coleus i suppose. A cultivar of rex begonia (thank you college gardener for your comment)

Lots of bonsai pots.
Christmas trees looking all cute and festive

Saturday, September 17, 2011

September visit to Lalbagh - Hydrangeas

I went to Lalbagh one morning in search of pots and seeds. The picture taking started even before i reached, with the lantanas on the way.

I headed to the nursery and examined the seeds and then the potted plants for sale. There were several lovely hydrangeas. Now the color of hydrangeas depends on the pH of the soil... the blueish ones have more Aluminium in the soil. Isn't that fascinating?!

Friday, September 16, 2011


I seem to have spurred my mother into taking pictures of nature. Here is a rainbow she caught one afternoon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The neighborhood park

Last August I had posted pictures of the neighborhood park.  - it seems that this time of the year is when the park has a flower display of sorts, perhaps in tune with the one at Lalbagh. This year was no different, one morning in September at my mother's prodding i took a walk to the park to take in the many flowers that were in full bloom. Pink and purple asters, yellow orange marigold, many colored zinnia and balsam, purple gomphrena, blood red salvia, powdery pink hibiscus, rows of canna, coleus, lavender plumbago and rows and rows of leafy plants danced in the sunshine. It was an absolute delight!!

I missed the lavender spider cleomes from last time. There were a few, but not as many as last year.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

JP Nagar, Bangalore

A play at Rangashankara took us to JP Nagar. As always, I found it interesting to observe the trees and plants around.

A lovely traveler's palm

The entrance to Rangashankara

The cafe, which had a lovely open and arty feel to it.

The greenery around enhanced by the spectacular paintings on the walls of the neighboring buildings.

Driving through

Friday, September 9, 2011

From the terrace

Our terrace gives an excellent view of the African Tulip tree and the Morinda Tinctoria in the complex.
And of course, of the many coconut trees around.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Posts on Oregon & Washington

have been moved ... I thought it more chronologically accurate to move these to the start of this blog..  Click on June 2007 in the archives and you'll find them there.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

By the roadside - Indian Shot/ Wild Canna

Thank you Radha, for looking up Flowers of India and identifying this order. I did look earlier as well, but seem to have missed it. Very interesting that the seeds of this flower are used as beads in natural jewellery.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sky Watch Friday

View from the Adyar Bridge in Chennai