May 23, 2009

Romantic Romeos and Juliets

Born during the Spring and ruled by Venus the Taurians are romantic by nature.

They usually have a hunky or built physique and usually workout to keep in shape.

Being the romantic romeos, ...Taurians have a beautiful voice that’s a common factor drawing attention towards them (this is so true, as I’ve found this in my friends too)

Loving outdoor activities, you can find these bulls strolling in parks, gardens, picnics, etc.

Though they love activities, they’re bulls by nature and can be lazy at times to the point that they irk you :D

They sometimes tend to be stubborn and possessive.

Flowers for Taurus: Red Rose, Lily, Daisy, Daffodil – try gifting one of these to the Taurians and see how their faces bloom!

May 15, 2009

Vasanta's Babies

When Vasanta (Spring) arrived, a few of the resident’s of Plantville welcomed him with bouquets but Vasanta was a person who wanted all his babies to cheer up and to encourage them, he announced a Spring Contest and said he’d choose the best bloomer as Mr or Ms Spring.

Now, he’s confused as to whom to choose and needs your help in deciding who the winner is. Can you please help him?

Is it this Allamanda who seems to bloom almost every Friday or Tuesday?

 Isn’t that a cute shot? His flower peeking out of his foliage…

Purple Allamanda - Allamanda blanchetii

The Basil, with her tiny flowers and spicy fragrance of her foliage?

Holy Basil - Ocimum tenuiflorum Linn. - Tulasî

Would you say, the butterfly pea, that dot the vine with their tiny blooms?

Butterfly Pea - Clitoria ternatea - Aparâjita

The short-lived Crossandra? She was pulled out after her pictures were taken as they get really weedy even in pots! But she signed in second, so I couldn’t rule her out.

Turquoise Crossandra - Ecbolium ligustrinum

 Of course, if she's selected, the crown would go to her roommate Adenium.

Desert Rose - Adenium obesum

I know you might be biased towards these riotous Gaillardias, but try to be fair. Look at them all and then decide.

Gaillardia (not sure which cultivars these belong to. Can anyone help?)

Is it this Oleander that seems to have inexhaustible energy?

Oleander - Nerium oleander - Karavîra

Arabian Jasmine 'Grand Duke Of Tuscany' who can pass for a tiny white rose?

 Or her sister, who has lesser number of petals?

Arabian Jasmine 'Grand Duke Of Tuscany' - Jasminum sambac var. 'Grand Duke Of Tuscany' - Jâtî

You don’t have to be partial towards Arabian Jasmine 'Maid of Orleans' just because this butterfly is!

Arabian Jasmine 'Maid of Orleans' - Jasminum sambac var. 'Maid of Orleans' - Jâtî

You’d definitely want to look at this Lana. You can call her Tana too… Or Lantana?

She responds to everything.

Lantana - Lantana camara var. aculeata

I know it’s difficult to take your eyes off this wonderful bloomer,

 who sports different shades from white to Deep Red.

Rangoon Creeper - Quisqualis indica

If you thought White means Jasmine, you need to change your mind and turn around to look at this beauty who blooms in eighties and nineties these days.

Common Leucas - Leucas aspera - Dronapushpî

Were you wondering what that sweet fragrance was? Well walk a few steps behind, try not to bump against the Mums pot. Turn around and open your eyes. Tada!

Purple Passion Flower - Passiflora incarnata

Yes, beauty and fragrance is a great combination and it works well with this rose too.

Rose - Rosa - Satapattra

Here, to your left is the Flame. No, It wouldn’t hurt you,

 and no, this isn’t a candy.

Mexican Flame Vine - Senecio confusus

 Try not to pop it into your mouth. :D

This dwarf is a real sweetheart, isn’t he? How nice of him to gift you this wonderful bouquet!

Dwarf Ixora - Ixora coccinea

And this Orange One?

Ixora 'Orange' - Ixora coccinea

Please… Pretty Please, try not to be unfair to these Tropical beauties! [sigh] I know it’s difficult.

Here’s the Elegant Yellow,

 the Flamboyant Rose,

 Arresting Orange,

 Riotous Red,

and the Rackety Red.

Hibiscus - Hibiscus rosa-sinesis - Japâ

I know after that exuberant show, your eyes need a cooling effect of this ‘Bago!

Plumbago - Plumbago auriculata - Nîlacitraka

I did try to speak to this Pome and tell her that she doesn’t have a flower yet so she couldn’t join the contest yet, but she had a pouty face, which forced me to show her to you. [whispering: she doesn’t qualify]

Pomegranate - Punica granatum - Dâdima

She’s the first one who signed up when Vasanta announced the contest.

Crape Jasmine - Tabernaemontana divaricata 'Flore Pleno'

Lily signed up later in the month

Amaryllis Lily - Hippeastrum hybrid

and the Lacas too!

So what do you all say? Who do you think is the Winner?