Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Colours Of The Monsoon

One of the best things about the rains is the colour of the evening sky...



And of course, the colour those magical drops bring to the garden...



Along with the heady scents that linger in the cool breeze.



Yes, I love the rains (as long as I don't have to get wet or walk through slush). How about you?




Monday, June 20, 2011

New Garden Pals

Got a chance to make friends with these gorgeous creatures in our garden this last month.

The gossamer-winged dragonflies sleep on the dianthus every night....



....while this oh-so-pretty butterfly (isn't that shade of blue awesome!) flits around every now and then.


Absolute gorgeousness!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Transitioning

We moved again, back to our old house, to live with our parents in their old age. This is the same house where I spent most of my growing years, and which witnessed all those landmarks in my life. This is where my husband first met my parents and asked for my hand in marriage. This is where I left from as a blushing new bride. This is where we brought home our two bundles of joy from the hospital. So yes, this house has seen it all.

But then living in a city, by a house you mean an apartment. And when it has been built by a government agency and is over three decades old, then you know that the house is hardly equipped to meet the pace of modern day living.

Coming from a modern home with all its attendant comforts, we are finding it especially hard to adjust to the old ways. But change isn't easy to implement; more so when a string of emotions and sentiments are attached to ever corner, to every piece of furniture. To top it, every time I recommend an upgrade, my parents meet my need with bewilderment. They cannot comprehend how the same house that I grew up in cannot satisfy me anymore.

So now the challenge is to strike that fine balance between the old and the new, to carve out a new identity for the same old space, to create areas that can serve the requirements of three different generations. Easier said than done!


In the midst of all this, my plants have remained a constant source of joy. The late bloomers did rather well, and are still giving us the last bursts of flowers despite the heat. And yes, the showy gazenias that I had hoped for finally bloomed, and how! :)


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Floral Detour

I promised you a glimpse into my garden when the remaining blooms add their colour. So here goes...


Round marigolds in hues of yellow and orange


Interspersed with the white and purple of the petunias


And the cheery yellow-white of the dogflowers


They all make my garden such a happy place! :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Blossoms

That time of the year is here again.... as winter chills melt into the warmth of spring, and pleasant breezes caress your evenings, it is time to show off this year's blossoms.


I started out really, really late this time, waking up to the need for saplings only in January. The regular flower-wallahs turned me away saying they had run out of all stock. I came home feeling so lousy.... till my local gardener saved the day by procuring some plants.


Nevertheless, we have a good mix of colour on our sit-out. Bright pink (ice plants) offset by creamy yellow (crown daisy)....


The corner lighted up by a dash of red (salvia), and velvety maroon (dianthus) giving company to the whites (petunias).


My all-time favourites, the happy bunches of orange nasturtiums, are already getting attention from other quarters, with bunch of purple sunbirds visiting many times a day!


The yellow gazenias are cheery but I was a trifle disappointed with them as I was hoping for a more showy, multi-coloured variety.


Now the dogflowers (anthirriums) are awaited with much anticipation, to complete our happy garden! Of course I'll show them off when they arrive. :)


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Simian Sunday

Imagine turning back from working in the kitchen to find a monkey face peering back at you!


Happened to me one Sunday noon last month, as I turned back from the kitchen slab after kneading dough, only to find my simian visitor dozing on the sill. :) Cute, no?


Thankfully, the windows were closed (and a trifle dirty from the rains, hence the hazy picture).


The fella responded rather well to the kids making faces at him, and decided to hang around for a couple of days....


Ransacked a few of my plants before disappearing for good.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Nature's Jewels

My first post of 2011... and all about the vagaries of the weather! Humphh!! ....

Or look at it another way, and you'll see it is actually about the beauty around us. Small things which we often miss out on in our rushed, frantic pace.


A huge downpour last night, and this is what we woke up to - a damp, grey-brown fog enveloping everything. Made it seem as though we were living in the clouds up there somewhere!!

And then I noticed nature's jewels.... tiny beads sitting like garlands around the leaves of my plants.


And on all those spidey wires that hung between the leaves and stems. :)


The dampness brought them on, and made them stay, so I could capture them for posterity.

The kids missed seeing these as they rushed off to school.... but I'm sure they enjoyed their foggy bus ride. And making funny faces on those moist windows.


Small things that matter, only if we have the time to stop and stare.


Though this winter the fog hardly came, but I'm enjoying whatever little I can get. For who knows? - Next winter, I may be elsewhere....
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