It’s Blooming Friday and time to celebrate! With blooms from the garden and beyond! To see posts from other participants, please head over to Katarina’s beautiful blog ROSES AND STUFF.
The first picture is of a weed that grows all across the roadsides and next to rice-fields. Earlier I only noticed that they were blue but taking a close shot made me aware of the beauty of all the blue strands.
This is the last berry on my asparagus fern. The fern was a profuse bloomer last year. I’ll have to take note of whether it follows up its success story:)These red/orange spikes are the blooms of a medicinal plant known in Sanskrit as Vasak. The local name is teetha phool, which translates to’ bitter flower’. The plant blooms profusely in the cooler months and the bitter blooms are cooked as a vegetable.The plant is an evergreen shrub and even the leaves are also said to have medicinal properties. The leaves can be crushed and made into a drink with pepper, honey, and ginger as a remedy to common cold. Much in the same way basil leaves are used as a cure for the same ailment.I took this picture as I blanched them in order to expel the bitterness to a certain extent. Some people also squeeze out the water but I don’t do that.
Found Vasak planted as a hedge near the roadside. One feature of hilly areas is that you can’t see the house from the road if it is at a lower level from the road. At least not in all cases. In the late afternoon sun, with the shadow of another hill falling on the area and the spikes silhouetted against the skyline, even without the profuse blooms they look interesting, don’t you agree?
Only the Asparagus fern is from my garden. The photos of the Vasak plants were taken in my parents’ garden and the last picture is from my hometown. And of course the hills are my beloved Barail Ranges!
Thank you for stopping by. I’ll be taking a short bloggy break but I’ll be back answering my comments and visiting you all again…soon! Have a great weekend!