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?


tina said...

It's very hard to choose, but my first choice WAS oleander, now I've decided on the Crape Jasmine. It must be Ms. Spring!

Shailaja said...

Interesting 'dekko' of your garden!
For me, the winner is the Common Leucas -- I've never seen anyone growing it so lovingly in a pot before! So, Satapattra refers to the rose, does it? I'm glad to have the info.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

That is a difficult choice. There are all pretty, I'm going with Arabian Jasmine because yours is pretty and mine died. I'm voting in her memory :) Plus they smell really good!

Marion said...

It's just too hard to choose only one!! All these magnificent ladies parading on my computer screen like beautiful women in a beauty pagaent, each more spectacular than the last. I say they're ALL winners. You are so fortunate to be surrounded with so many flowers...and they are so fortunate to have you! Thank you for sharing.

Chandramouli S said...

Thank you, everyone :) Let's see what others have to say. Vasanta has something for Ms. or Mr. Spring and for one of you too...

Errmmm, Marion, if I were to offer one of these flowers to you, which one would you want? Only one, so you have no other choice :D [Am I Evil!]

Anonymous said...

Hi Chandramouli, I loved the contest and it was so hard to choose, but my heart belongs to the orange hibiscus, with those stamens waving in such a friendly come hither way. :-)

Phillip said...

You have so many interesting plants that I don't know where to begin. I love the close-up, abstract-like photos of the lantana and amaryllis.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Beautiful! All of them. for me it's between the yellow hibiscus and Arabian jasmine. Ok, it's the A. jasmine. I'm so amazed to see your plants doing so well in pots. Just lovely!

Marion said...

Well, you devil, you, since you put it THAT way, I'd have to choose the exotic Arabian Jasmine 'Maid of Orleans' since she reminds me of the equally exotic city, New Orleans, here in Louisiana.

Even still, it was very hard to choose! Check out my blog post today. I posted some of my flowers that bloomed this week! Hugs!

Rose said...

So much talent here, it is difficult to choose a winner! I was going to pick the Arabian Jasmine, not only for her looks, but because I'm also imagining the heavenly fragrance coming from her. But all those hibiscus have to take the prize for beauty. I'm going to declare a tie between these two! Vasanta has blessed you with lots of gorgeous blooms!

Chandramouli S said...

Wow! That never occurred to me, Frances.Thank you :)

Thank you, Phillip. Lantana's one of me fave's too!

Ahhh! Jasmine seems to attract many, Kanak.

Yes I AM! :D [wink wink] I'm heading over to your blog...

Rose: I love Jasmines fragrance too, but these days I'm more partial towards the Passion flower's fragrance because it's strong and reminds me of the fragrance of the Cannon Ball flower. Let's see what Vasanta says...

Anonymous said...

Hi Chandramouli,

I think I will go with "Elegant Yellow". Look at the symmetry and its glow!!!.... By the time I saw your "who is the winner question" I started finding it difficult.. I went up and down the list twice to answer the toughest question.
I am blown away by the collection of flowers you have. Excellent.

I wish you get more and more flowers all through the season..


Antigonum Cajan said...

This Passiflora incarnata
gets fruits as the 'edulis'?

Have you seen the Passiflora
oersteddii anywhere?

Nice as usual to visit,
there is always something
worth while.

Until then.

Jamie and Randy said...

Oh, I'm afraid I'm no help! I couldn't possible choose a favorite. They're all so beautiful!

Chandramouli S said...

Hi GG,
Nice to have you back after long. How's your married life?
Elegant Yellow - that was a nice choice and thank you :) I wish I had more flowers to confuse you :P

Antigonum Cajan: This Passion flower doesn't bear fruits unfortunately like the edible one. About the Passiflora oerstedii, it was from you that I heard about it first, so no, unfortunately I am not lucky enough. May be I should check the nurseries here. Thank you :)

Oh, I know it's always difficult to choose one, Jamie & Randy, but I'm gonna ask you the same question as I did to Marion. What if I offered you one of them - JUST one of them? Which would would you choose? (Am I evil again? Ask Marion) [chuckling]

Anonymous said...

What a hard decision to make with all those glorious blooms! Hmm...I'm partial to the Butterfly Pea & Jasmine though! :)

Wayne Stratz said...

wow, what a great variety of flowers! I have a Gaillardia, but it looks not much like yours.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a splendid array of beauties are blooming in Plantville these days. I especially love the passion flower. I have one in a pot, waiting to be planted, but I haven't yet decided where it should go!

A wildlife gardener said...

I love all your amazing plants :)

They all represent Spring as they are all giving of their best at the moment. Wonderful photographs too :)

I like to see the wildlife each plant attracts...for it is the wildlife which brings a garden to life, don't you think?

The Arabian Jasmine the moth feeding on least it looks like amoth with the clubs at the end of the antennae and the closed wings...would be a winner then.

But, as a female, I am also allowed to be fickle and change my I would choose the passiflora for I am unable to grow them in the cold climes here.

I must be satisfied, however, to look at the pattern of the one on my dinner plate :)

Why do we always covet the plants we can't grow? Whenever I visit the south of England 400 miles away, I always stop and take photographs of passifloras when I see them growing :)

Great posting...well done :)

Chandramouli S said...

Racquel: Ah, the butterfly Pea. Sad that it was infested with some sort of strange insect that looks like a triangle and hides in the nodes. Yet to find what it is, but had to cut down its branches and it's recovering luckily.

The Gaillardia came as a surprise to me and I seem to have three different hybrids! I feel blessed. Thank you, Wayne.

To tell you the truth, Robin, Plantville is suffering from neglect for almost a month due to the owners - who're busy with their sister's/daughter's marriage preparations, but the citizens are surviving at least. Hope next month gets colorful as you said.

Wildlife Gardener: Thank you, :) As I said, they're not given the best care, but are given basic needs for their survival.

I'm not sure if it's a moth either; in fact i'm not good at identifying insects. I'm learning, though.

Ah, Passiflora! I love that too. I love it's crochet like petals and it's intoxicating fragrance!

True about coveting for plants we can't grow. I do that a lot, for example I yearn to grow Scillas but was told that they wouldn't do good here and after hearing that I wanted to grow them badly, lol.

walk2write said...

So many to choose from! The passionflower has my heart all a-flutter, but the Grand Duke of Tuscany jasmine wins for his pure aspect and even lovelier scent.

Chandramouli S said...

Hmmmm.... Jasmine seems to be a hit in most people's minds. I'm a slightly partial to Passion flower too. Let's see what Vasanta decides... Thank you for helping W2W.

Antigonum Cajan said...

Is it customary in your country
to exchange seeds? Not here.
However through Dave',
I was able to exchange fifteen
species not in my collection for
some seeds of mine some weeks ago.

Among them Black-eyed Susan and
Ipomoea Alba not found here anywhere.
They have already grown to twelve inches and four respectively.

I find strange that among your fans
this subject is never discussed.

On the other hand, your blog keeps
my interest because it is refreshing
to see how a gardener keeps a wide
collection with botanical names and
is so fond of Ixoras.

Down here they are not treated intelligently, planted everywhere,
always contaminated with white flies and sooty mold.

Until then....

Aham said...

My vote would always be for the beautiful hibiscus .. yellow or red

Antigonum Cajan said...

Hibiscus are really impressive.
Long lasting flowers, alone
or in hedges impressive.
Down here they were in fashion
three decades ago..Fortunately
they are coming back.

Chandramouli S said...

Antigonum Cajan: I wish we had seed swapping here too, but unfortunately, not many people here are so dedicated to gardening. They're too busy working their backs off that a slow, refreshing exercise that gardening offers doesn't tingle their interests. Hope things change soon...

Ixoras are made ubiquitous here too and they grow like dump here :(

Hibiscuses are one shrubs that're found in almost every garden in India. We love 'em!

Aham: No wonder, we Indians are mad about Hibiscuses. I'm yet to listen from Vasanta about his final decision though.