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The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous. - Rabindranath Tagore

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Birds in my garden

Friday, August 16, 2019

Rain lilies in the rains

This time around, I have got lots and lots of railly blooms. Here's a potful of white railly blooms.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Harshringar Timelapse video [4K]

Harshringar, also commonly known as Night Blooming Jasmine in English, Siuli in Bangla, Parijaat or Harshringar in Hindi, is one of the many varieties of highly fragrant Jasmine plants around. What so special about this plant is the distinct shape and colours of these highly fragrant flowers from the Jasminum family. The five petaled flowers have a pedicel (the part that connects the petals to the rest of the plant). In the case of this flower, as common for most of the other varieties of jasmines, the petals are white, however the pedicel is a bright orange, which gives a stunningly brilliant contrasting look to the entire flower. The behaviour of the flowers, which, again, just like most of its cousins in the Jasminum family, bloom after the sunset, however, unlike most others in the family, the Harshringar flowers fall down on the ground before the sun-rise. Given the medium sized tree that Harshringar can be, you could see a strikingly beautiful ground under the tree, if you have one around your home. Ground turns into a white carpet with lots of white flowers (ofcourse depending upon how your tree is blooming), facing down with most of the orange pedicels facing upwards.

Siuli, as it is commonly called in Bangla, enjoys a special place in Bengali culture, where it enjoys the status of the state flower of West Bengal, India. Two years back, I successfully got two plants grown from stem cuttings I brought from a nearby park, after around two years of unsuccessful tries. This year around, the both the plants grew well and had lots of flowers. Below is a timelapse video I created while a couple of the flower buds were opening up in the evening. The result? You can watch it on your own.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Monsoon Delights - Rain Lilies

I have had yellow and pink rain lilies for quite some time. I have been in the quest to bring in plants from all over. Wherever and whenever I get chance to get myself plants, or seeds if getting the plant is not that easy, I don't miss a chance to grab the opportunity. This is how I got the yellow rain lily seeds, while on an official visit to a client's place, where I found seedpods, which were still unripe, but I grabbed the opportunity and got myself the seedpods. Luckily, even the unripe seedpods gave me some useful seeds which let me have my own yellow rain lily plants.
The pink one, I bought from a local plants nursery, and I do not remember where and how I got it. The white one, which I added last year to my collection is again a chance encounter with a plants seller, while I was returning back to home from somewhere, around this time last year. That was a bunch which I got for a good price, and while I missed a chance to have blooms last year around this time, this year, it's been different, though, I still couldn't give the plant enough space to spread like this species usually does, it's still thriving good.

Rain Lily Bloom
White rain lily bloom
White Rain Lily Bloom
White rain lily bloom
Bunch of White Rain Lily Blooms
A bunch of white rain lily blooms
The rainy season this year seems to be quite long and thus, would be good for the plants, and I will have a great winter season, with numerous winter delights up in blooms. The beautiful juhi plant too is blooming these days, so are the vincas. Up next, I’ve got a great surprise addition to my garden, one that I’ve been trying for quite long, but this time, appears I have been pretty successful, till now. I still have to see a bloom, but am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.