In the afternoon we headed towards Shillong and the guest house. Named "The Summit", it stood on a vantage point with a lovely view of the city. Or at least, part of the city. But the sight that greeted us as we entered the gate were these orchids! An entire tree was covered with these amazing blooms.
The garden was such a delight! Here you can see the owner's house. The guest house is on the left...not in the picture.
A bunch of hydrangeas drying in the afternoon sun.
A whole row of budding mums and orchids. The front portion of the guest house can be seen here.
View from the balcony of our room. We had a good view of the kitchen garden where many butterflies flitted about. There were newly planted carrots and onions, bitter-gourd and chives (below) in full bloom.
Beautiful speckled canna. I'm bad with names!!! More views from the garden....I hope you enjoy going through them. I also took a walk in the neighbourhood and peeked into peoples' gardens:-) That was fun!
These blooms were growing on the wall along with the creepers. I hope someone will be able to come up with names. I really do not have a clue as I've never seen them before. But isn't the colour amazing?!
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