While I wait for temperatures to rise enough for gardening to begin in earnest, I thought I'd share pictures of a garden in southern India. Last fall we visited Mr. Red House's grandparents in Bangalore, and his grandmother has a beautiful, lush garden filled with tropical plants.
There were many plants I couldn't identify, not being as familiar with tropical plants. The impressive specimen that anchors the corner of the yard has now been identified as a Sago Palm (thanks to Linda from Southern Rural Route!)
|an overhead view|
The nearby flower stalks of Heleconia (thanks, Usha, for identifying these!) were very pretty and exotic.
In the shady front yard a vine with small white flowers climbs along the wall. A bench under the mature tree in the corner is a nice place to sit and enjoy the cooler shade. The focal point, though, is the striking decorative planter which holds a Holy Basil plant (thanks again, Usha, for correctly identifying that one!)
If you look closely, you can see patterns drawn in chalk on the cement around the planter, a practice common in India.
To the side of the house is a small courtyard is lined with crotons and flowering shrubs.
My favorite plant held sprays of small white, freckled flowers, that the butterflies enjoyed.
A larger shrub (possibly Ixora?) held bunches of interesting red and orange flowers.
There were a variety of hibiscus shrubs in the garden. (Those I recognized!)
My favorite was a graceful pale pink variety, whose flowers never open, but instead stay whirled around the center stalk. (Thank you to Usha, who I should hire as my tropical plant expert, for identifying these as a Turk's cap variety!)
Mr. Red House's grandmother also had a similar one in red.
Right next to one of the doors grew a large Hibiscus mutabilis shrub, whose flowers only last for one day, but slowly change their color from white in the morning...
...to dark pink by the afternoon.
Many of the flowers they would cut in the mornings to float in bowls of water or to place in their prayer room. However, even if they cut all of the flowers, the garden would still never be without color with the profusion of colorful foliage in it.
|colorful Croton leaves|
It was so much fun to visit a garden with such different plants than mine. Bangalore is known as the 'Garden City' of India. Many of the streets are lined with flowering trees, and it is so lush and green there, that it is easy to see why!
|auto rickshaw turning into the driveway|
Happy spring gardening!