My potted hibiscus, in a lighter shade of red, is blooming now.
And these two were in the hospital garden where last week, my son had his moles removed. While he was in the OT I had a quick look around.
Angel trumpet outside a shop/office complex. This reminded me of Tina's recent post. Even the colour is the same!
Culantro/Eryngium foetidum is a much-loved herb in my region. We use it for garnishing a whole lot of dishes. It has a strong flavour but it's not unpleasant. I was surprised to learn that it's widely used in South America and the West Indies. I'd thought it was popular only in eastern Asia.
Other names are--Mexican coriander, serrated coriander, fitweed, spiny coriander. Locally, it's known as Maan dhania. Dhania is the word for coriander in Hindi and a few other Indian languages.
Another popular herb in this region is the Chameleon plant/ Houttuynia cordata. Although this plant comes in other colours, here we only have this variety. It's pungent but one gets used to the taste and smell.
As for this one, I don't know what it's called in English. It's the best garnish for dishes made with a combination of vegetables and dry fish. It resembles the basil and has a pungent but refreshing smell.
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