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,
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!