Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My even more perfumed garden

Today's evening walk yielded two more discoveries.

This is the Yellow Trumpet flower (Adenocalymna comosum), that grows in the wasteland just outside the hedge. Large yellow tubular flowers, not unlike the Yellow Bells or the Yellow Oleander in shape, though the leaf-shapes are different. Wonder why so many of them have to bloom at the same time.

The other one is a flower familiar at home, for it is used for religious purposes. It grows right next to the yellow trumpet, right inside the hedge. I would lump it under the rubric of Jasmine (Tamil malligai), but this is a special one - called Crape Jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata; Hindi chandni; Tamil nandiyarvattai).

This is another variant of the above, with more petals. It grows on a different hedge in our garden, and the English name seems to be Flore Pleno.

Picture Credits:- Flowers of India.

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