Red Amaryllis Lilies

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It was three years ago on this day that my father passed away. Was it coincidence that the red amaryllis lilies that are usually in full bloom by the fag end of March chose to open up today? On the 12th of April? Every year I have the red ones blooming side by side with the white ones. The white amaryllis have done blooming. I had written about this on one of my posts, That there were no flowers blooming in my parents’ garden when he passed away except for those red vibrant ones. Ironic that in death we said goodbye with blooms that were so alive. These lilies will always remind me of those days when my father was fighting cancer, first on the lung, and then the throat…I’m touched and feel blessed that Mother Nature has chosen to commemorate this day, in my garden.

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I have not been blogging here because I started a new food blog. It’called Blending Flavours and here’s the link http://blendingflavours.blogspot.in

I hope you stop by my food blog. Thank you all so much for stopping by and leaving your comments at Terra Farmer.

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Today’s Flowers/Orchids

Recently we stopped at a wayside eatery where there were several plants for sale. Although there were several pansies, azaleas, petunias, asters, and marigolds in bloom, it was this orchid that caught my eye.

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Today’s Flowers/Kalanchoe

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It’s the time of the year when, along with the rest of the winter bloomers, kalanchoes brighten up our front-yards. The red ones are widely grown. I got these double blooming ones from a horticultural show two years ago. The first blooms of 2013 are opening up. They look like miniature roses and the combination of colours are a delight.

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Flowers From a Cemetery

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Miniature roses bloom at a war cemetery in our city. This cemetery was established during World War II and is maintained  by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is beautifully kept and despite being in the heart of the city, it’s serene and peaceful.

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Several ground orchids were in bloom when I visited the place a few days ago.

My thanks to the hosts of Today’s Flowers…to see more floral images, please head over to http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.in

Happy Sunday!!

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After A Long While….

It’s been a while that I’ve posted on my blog. Sometimes the real world demands more attention…In between my blogging and being away from blogging, I’ve thought and fallen in love with the concept of edible gardening. I’ve spent time, money, and of course, a great deal of effort in growing  all the various species that are only pretty to look at. If only they would also yield something edible….! So this year instead of sowing the seeds of seasonal flowers, a ritual that I go through every winter, I’ve used my pots for potatoes, spinach, and another variety of leafy greens known as lai in our region. I’ve been most inspired by bloggers who make use of every possible space to plant their greens.

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The start of the new year and my hyacinth beans do me proud! Winter wouldn’t be the same without these beans. They come in various sizes, some are longer and some are broader. And talking about winter, this year it’s the coldest (for our region) that we’ve experienced. The other day day our minimum temperature dropped to 5.7° Celsius. Looks like our mild winters will no longer remain so.

A very Happy New Year to all visitors to this blog. And thank you for stopping by today.

 

 

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Star fruit blooms for Today’s Flowers

These flowers are from a small potted star fruit plant that I have. For lack of space, I’m using a container but it seems pretty happy and has borne a handful of the sweetest fruit I have tasted. There are a lot more coming as the clusters of lavender blooms indicate.

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Wild Blooms Of The Season

Kans grass/Saccharum spontaneum, locally known as Kohua

The Kans grass is blooming. The good thing about seeing these blooms is that we’ll get a respite from the summer heat because soon enough, the weather gods will be kinder. It’s a sign that we look forward to every year….

A lesser known cousin also blooms at this time of the year.:)

These wild flowers are seen all along the edge of roads now. The blooms look like (I’ve been comparing Google images) the Urn fruit beautyberry/Callicarpa macrophylla.

I found this tiny skipper on a daisy-like flower. Comparing images from my book of Common Indian Wild Flowers by Isaac Kehimkar, it looks like Coat Buttons/Tridax procumbens.Flowers are said to be attractive to butterflies and bees.

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