I haven’t posted here since September last year – resuming after a hiatus of more than six months. During this period, I have traveled thrice to India from Japan making Bangalore my base. The photos in this blog mostly cover flowers I have grown at my apartment balcony in Bangalore, interspersed with photos during my trips to New Delhi, Kolkata and Mysore.
This is a standard feature in my balcony and blooms regularly in autumn. As of the time of this writing (May), new leaves are coming up but there are no flowers yet.
Had some excellent blooms of marigold in the balcony until a baby monkey climbed on to the ledge and ate up all the flowers! Must have found them delicious!
These flowers bloomed well while they lasted. I had to return to Japan for a month and when I returned, I was given to understand that the plant dried up and died.
I got hold of a single leaf, planted it deep in a pot with fresh soil and lo and behold! New leaves grew out of the existing leaf. The plant has grown to about 8 huge leaves as at the time of this writing – and I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of a huge flower that is said to bloom only at night time – the Brahma Kamala.
I switch over now to some flowering trees of Bangalore. I could not find many large trees full of flowers in Japan except maybe for cherry blossoms, but Bangalore has an assortment of trees yielding various kinds of flowers. Here are a few:
Flowering trees at street corners – Large red flowers dotting the entire tree on the left and lots of pink flowers on the right
During the flowering season, they bloom profusely and cover the street with a colorful carpet. Amazing sight when the leaves fall!
Yellow in the park
The yellow flowers in the park where I walk briskly every morning were a feast for the eyes. Lucky I had a camera with me. I presume these are laburnum flowers but I’m not sure.
Different view of three trees with the yellow flowers
This is another view of these yellow-flowered trees in the same park. A walk through the park with such sights is sheer pleasure!
I made a short two day-trip to Kolkata to attend a friend’s daughter’s wedding at a resort. The Dahlias and other flowers at the resort were a treat to watch.
Close-up of a magnificent Dahlia
More Dahlias at the edge of the kerb
Poppies, stocks and marigolds
More Dahlias – a sight for sore eyes
During a holiday on an official visit to New Delhi, I visited Lodhi Park and saw some interesting sights.
Geese on the hunt for food
Parrot perched on a stone wall
I visited Mysore, about four hours by car from Bangalore, and walked around a lovely lake admiring the sights, the flora and the fauna.
Grey partridge? I’m not sure.
Darter or snake bird?
Finally, here are some jasmines from my balcony – they exude a sweet smell at night when the wind blows.
Extreme left: A double jasmine – two flowers in well – with double the sweet aroma
Right: Pointed 8-petal jasmine
Until the next post, have a great day!