Friday, May 24, 2013

Floral encounters

"I must have flowers, always, and always."

~ Monet

A struggling topography and the most inhospitable weather as it may be for the flourishing of any kind of life, I keep getting pleasantly surprised by these unexpected floral encounters now and then. But yes, one has to look hard, for more often than not, these gorgeous colours get lost in the ugly coming together of construction sites or their polished and inhabited replicas of sky-high apartment buildings. Sometimes these delicate darlings are just overlooked because of the blindingly bright sun, or simply because you are stuck in a traffic jam that for the moment seems eternal and your smartphone is the best distraction you can afford.

Baby pink ixora, or the jungle geranium, one of the many morning finds recently. What better than a fresh summer morning and the sighting of such forlorn beauties while catching your breath between what can be best described as a cross between a jog and a run.

The flamboyant gulmohars, aka the flame tree, one of the summer staples, adorns the lackluster roadsides and most importantly, camouflages some really unsightly buildings. Driving under a stretch of these feisty blooms gives one the impression of riding under a giant ball of flames.

The bougainvilleas and the very ubiquitousness of them. I don't mind them growing here, there, or anywhere, for that is exactly how they appear, after a turn here or a bend there. Spreading their arms and legs in a disheveled frenzy, the speckles of pink, orange and white blossoms lend that elusive color rush to an otherwise dusty and arid facade of the city.

And once again I go back to fretting and wishing, worrying and hoping - if only the rains come on time this year!


  1. I'd love to see a Flame Tree - just the name evokes colour. It's good to have beautiful blooms to mask what we'd rather not see in our daily rounds.

    1. Just as I'd love to see the rhododendrons now! :-)

  2. I love these pictures!! And I love the colour of the bougainvilleas. I didn't know flame tree. It's so beautiful!! Flowers, trees and parks can change a city. We need them.

    1. True, we need them or life in a city would be so colourless. Thanks for appreciating the pictures.

  3. Would you like me to send you some of ours? We have rain in abundance and instead of bright, beautiful colours we are uniformly green and grey.

    Nobody is ever satisfied, are they?


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