While Stars and Superstars do make a city famous and known, it’s the audience, the normal denizens of the place complete the city and there are those aspiring stars, who’re like the laymen, in Plantville too. It’s said that Iruvâkshî (iru-vaak-shii - variety of Jasmine whose botanical name or common English name I’m unable to find yet) is the oldest resident of Plantville.
Everyone lovingly call her the Old Hag though she looks ever-young. She boasts that she’s lived over eons and that she doesn’t remember how old she exactly is. Citraka (Plumbago) and Yello Rain Lily always burst into a laugh whenever she says that.
Left - Rainlily Yellow Zephyranthes citrina
Right - Plumbago - Plumbago auriculata - Citraka
Iruvâkshî says that knows all the ancient lays and is the source of entertainment for the inhabitants of Plantville. The Old Hag never goes short of bed-time stories. She promised to tell me some, so that I can share them with you in future, but it’s quite a trick to get it out of her, as most of the time she’d ramble on about incomprehensible stuff. She shares her room with the poor Jasmine (yet another variety I am yet to identify), who’s bored of her rambles.
Wingpod Purslane - Portulaca umbraticola
Kiss Me Quick, Pink Purslane - Portulaca pilosa
The Hari Champa always drones whenever she begins her stories. Or for that matter I’ve never seen him awake (See if you can spot him at the back).
Crape Jasmine Flore Pleno - Tabernaemontana divaricata 'Flore Pleno' - Adukku Nandiar Vattai (Tamil)
Orange and Mini Red Rose
The Proud Nick and Holy Basil, though hidden are almost always the center of attraction in the stories. They'd always be praised by granny for their flowers and leaves are one of Lord Krishna’s favorite.
Bael - Aegle Marmelos - Bilva/Sivadruma (Sanskrit)
Sorrowless Tree - Saraca indica - Asoka
Rangoon Creeper - Quisqualis indica
Spinach - Siru keerai (Sanskrit)
Pommy, after her initial attack by some disease and lots of pruning, injections, and drugs, finally began regaining consciousness and finally knew that the world was alive around her and realized Chicky had populated her room.
Pomegranate - Punica granatum - Dâdima
Chicken Weed - Portulaca quadritida - Pasalai keerai (Tamil)
Wax Rose – one of the elders in the city would take care of the other residents and had no time for the Hag’s rambles. She was the one who rescue the Ixora from the hurricane and tended her, encouraging her to bloom once again.
Dwarf Ixora Pink - Ixora coccinea
Dwarf Oleander - Nerium oleander - Karavîra