On a recent visit to Haflong, my hometown, I went around town taking a whole lot of pictures. I was happy to see the poinsettias still blooming. The photo above is the new(er) building of the Circuit House.
All across India, a Circuit House stands for comfortable rooms and basic food. Catering to bureaucrats mainly, the room rent is cheap too. Some of them also have picturesque views and this is one of them. Part of the old building (built during colonial times) can be seen in this photo. The garden is a riot of colour! The bright red of the poinsettias amidst all that pink!! There's another lovely garden beyond these small trees. The C. House stands on the edge of a hill opposite the beautiful Barail Ranges overlooking the Diyung valley. Poinsettias are popular hedge plants too! There's more at the back yard. On the edge of this property near the lake, they bloom... Maybe not as bright and not as beautiful as the ones seen on top but that red is enough to cheer us up.
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau