Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Love Watermelon

I love watermelon and so when a friend sent me these wonderfully creative artworks made with melons I had to load some on my blog.

Have seen them here in Bangalore at fancy salad bars laid out in 5 stars. But where I saw some as gorgeous as these were in Bali and Bangkok.

Every fruit and salad bar was adorned with them and many as beautiful as these.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

The largest flower in the world- Amorphophallus titanum (Araceae)


The largest flower in the world is blossoming in Blanco , Veracruz , Mexico .It is
2 meters high and weighing 75 kilos, it has the peculiarity of blooming only
during three days every 40 years. You'd only see it once or twice in a lifetime!

Amorphophallus titanum (Araceae), also called "cadaverous flower" has the peculiarity of blooming only for three days every 40 years,
a privilege that Mother Nature bestowed on this town in Veracruz .

The Litchie's have bloomed in Hoskote!

With Climate Change making Bangalore crazily hot, I wondered if our Litchies would ever fruit. Planted around 8 years ago, they are full of flowers and tiny baby cylindrical fruit. Take a look at the trees in the pics.

I have seen trees in Malleswaram loaded with fruit and have written about them around 10 years ago, but now I wondered as the Hayes Road one is definitely around 20 years old and has never fruited.

Now I will have to keep an eagle eye on the fruit with Narsimappa and sons ready to greedily eat all that comes up there. So fed up of the Rose Apples flowering and fruiting and us getting nothing from there ever even to taste.

Anyway this has been exciting and will watch to see if any of the hundreds of little fruit mature!

Bright orange brush like flowers!

Today I walked down to take pictures of a creeper in Richmond Town, on Rhenius Street which is covered with flowers. The flowers are breath takingly beautiful and the buds too look really strange. I have loaded both pictures of the flower in full bloom and the buds as well.

It is a creeper with dark green large leaves and it throws a regular vine out like any other creeper that needs to be trained.

Please look at it and enjoy, and if anyone has any idea what its name is, I would be very grateful if you shared it with me.