Today I'm very happy to show these photos of a bromeliad I've had for about five years. For reasons I do not know it took a break from blooming last year. Which is why when I saw the flash of red I went berserk with the camera!!!! The actual colour is seen in the first photo.
This variety of Bromeliad is known as Bliibergia pyramidalis. It's also known as the Flaming Torch, Summer Torch and Foolproof Plant.
The leaves are light green with serrated edges. With all that rain the 'cup' flows over!
Purple Allamanda has been blooming for some time.
It's only now that the pink rain lilies are blooming. The white ones are long gone.
A tiny damselfly landed on a leaf as I was clicking away.
Although I've posted about the red Penta in one of my regular posts I can't resist doing so again... The Lime butterfly, one of my most beautiful winged visitors, stopped by this morning. But, as usual, she was in a big hurry! With the construction going on, plants which are closer to the house, are affected.
Another hibiscus blooming for the first time. Don't you love that yellow?
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In April I was lucky to see this beautiful butterfly at the bottom of my parents' garden. But the shot with my zoom-user- unfriendly-camera yielded this result. Although the internet says that the Redbreast Jezebel is commonly seen in gardens, this was my first sighting.
One needs to have the jezebel spirit ( a deviation from the dictionary meaning; I'm using the term to mean 'intrepid') to venture out in the garden. Especially being at the bottom of the garden in the rainy season, is no mean feat:) Weeds grow faster than in any season and leeches and snakes abound! My nephew told me that there were many colourful snakes in the garden. It gives me the shudders just thinking about seeing them from close quarters!
I carried a stout stick and 'brandished' it on the tall grass as I made a way through that luxuriant weed but then I didn't want to scare the butterflies away either. No luck with the Jezebels but here's what I got.
I hope you've enjoyed going through the photos. I'll be going back to blooms in my next post.
The flower of the Turmeric plant/Curcuma longa. This was a stray plant in the front yard growing next to a rosebush and amaryllis. There are still a lot of photos of blooms and garden wildlife from my recent trip to Haflong. As for my own garden, all activity has come to a stop for the time being.
We're extending the house--the front portion--so you can imagine the how messy the whole area is. Not very many blooms at the moment but I'm glad to be able to show you these from my parents' garden.
There are turmeric clumps in several areas of the garden but no blooms. A must in our cuisine, we always had home-grown turmeric. We grew up with the idea that the packed ones were definitely adulterated!
A kind of curcuma whose exact name I do not know. The blooms attract a lot of bees. The fruit resembles the banana flower, a miniature replica of the banana flower, I should say.
Here's what the clump looks like. The tender stems are edible too.
The white bloom of the Chameleon plant on the herb patch.
The yellow blooms of the Bitter gourd. Despite the bitter taste it's a popular vegetable.
Guess who was keeping an eye on me as I went about taking pictures?!
These pretty, delicate-looking blooms, belong to the plant pictured below. The tender leaves are generally steamed. In alternative medicine, for people with high blood pressure, these leaves are recommended.
I noticed a spectacular swallowtail in black and flashes of blue on its wings regularly feeding on these blooms. I've brought a small plant along with me. I hope I can attract the same butterfly when the blooms appear!
Welcome to another Blooming Friday! This week my blooms are from the wild. I just got back from my hometown and the journey through the jungle is a plant-lover's delight. There were many bright and eye-catching blooms but I only got some from the edge of the jungle. The first photo is a kind of balsam commonly seen on roadsides here. The blooms are in this colour only.
One stretch of the road had these beauties! What a sight it was to see Glory lilies blooming like this!
Here's another view. Of course, the jungle wouldn't be complete without the ubiquitous Lantana.
A view of the area. An endless stretch of green.
Closer to the road this is how it looks like.
A kind of grasshopper that I photographed for the first time. From a distance I thought the red portion belonged to a red- bodied swallowtail. A closer look revealed this amazing insect as colourful as a bloom.
The plant that it's (perched) on has medicinal properties. I don't know the botanical name but even as children we knew about its healing touch.We would crush these leaves and rub the rough paste on our cuts and grazes. That took care of our play-time wounds!
I hope you've enjoyed these views from my part of the world. For more Blooming Friday posts please visit Katarina at Roses and Stuff.
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