Lilies through the year, Gardening calendar for North India

Pink rain lily, India garden calendar

...But the ball lilies that appeared out of nowhere under betel nut trees in my neighbour’s garden in Langford Town in Bangalore were no less amazing! As luck would have it, much as I have admired these, I don’t own a ball lily bulb. Who cares! Come

27 January, 2010 | Views: 61312

Rooftop garden in November, North India Photo journal

Hawain baby woodrose, white floral climber

Keeping my rooftop garden in Lucknow is an enjoyable activity. And well, therapeutic. Everyday there is something new to appreciate. And I appreciate the creator of this world through the magic I see in plants growing from seed, blooming flowers and

12 November, 2009 | Views: 39727

Jamun trees in the Indian subcontinent

Jamun trees in the Indian subcontinent

Indians get Jamun as a summer treat. Rs. 5 or 10 for a cone full of Jamun, spiced with salt, is great! Phalsa is another special fruit that shares the season with Jamun. Also mangoes! It is said, one may eat a tummy full of mangoes and easily

09 October, 2009 | Views: 12379


Pink and white Kachnar, Bauhinia trees

Pink kachnar flower

I was first fascinated by these flowers at Bithoor, Kanpur. It was offered at Brahm Khoonti shrine. This was the first kachnar bloom that I saw at close quarters, fragrant, and butterfly like…

08 October, 2009 | Views: 39529

Tropical almond - Badam tree in the Indian plains

tropical indian almond badam tree

“A Badam (Almond) tree in the plains is quite a novelty”, my father told me; and for a ten year old it became a matter of pride and adoration. The young tree spread its roots and announced its approval of living conditions in our Lucknow garden with

12 January, 2009 | Views: 19194


Summer blooms - Amaltas

Amaltas blooms yellow

In his books, Ruskin Bond talks about his longing for the jolly sight of Amlatas, Gulmohar and Jacaranda during his jaunt abroad. Sure enough, he returned to India as soon as he had made enough money for the journey home. The Amaltas  adds many

29 July, 2008 | Views: 9431




A day at Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Pattaya, Thailand Photo journal

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