Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - August 2017

On a complete side note before we get to the flowers, today is also Independence Day here in India. My balcony garden here in Delhi does not have much new going on, in part due to a somewhat lackluster monsoon. Even with daily attentive watering, there is a notable explosion of growth and flowering within a couple of days after every good day of rain we get. Conversely, whenever it has not rained for a week many plants begin to notably decline. We are now in one of those dry spells, and with it has not only come drought but also temperatures rising from day to day. Even so, here are a few things that are blooming these days:

Double butterfly peas (Clitoria ternatea

Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa), very much the star of the show right now

A coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) grown from a wilted torn branch I found on the street one day

A new addition - the deliciously fragrant mālatī (Aganosma heynei), a native vine that is undeservedly rare in gardens

My two heirloom roses continue to bloom, though in the heat flowers rarely last more than a day, especially if it is sunny; this one seems to be a Bourbon of some kind, the other is 'Gruß an Teplitz'

Hopefully there will be more rain for us in the near future. Meanwhile, see what others have blooming today at May Dreams Gardens.

10 comments:

  1. I continue to be enthralled by your stay in India and your balcony garden there. Someday before the big dirt nap, I hope to visit India and it's sensuous gardens. Thanks for the vicarious thrill in the meantime.

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    1. It is an amazing if sometimes challenging place. Hope you make it here sometime!

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  2. I found the coleus you rescued from the sidewalk to be interesting. It is often the unexpected that is the most pleasing.

    Jeannie @ GetMetoTheCountry.Blogspot.com

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  3. The color of your Clitoria ternatea is beautiful. Such an interesting color addition to the garden. Thanks for sharing your blooms.

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  4. I am so impressed . I dont know about Delhi but in chandigarh, there is so much rain that I've been waiting to plant tomatoes but the soil is never the right texture because of too much water.

    I just fell in love with your coleus. And your rose remind me of mine. I've pink and yellow colored roses.

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    1. Interesting, I would have assumed the weather in Chandigarh to be more or less the same as here!

      I am quite happy about the coleus... :)

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  5. Your blooms are lovely. Looks like your area won't be experiencing the heavy rainfall we've been hearing about in Mumbai and surrounding areas.

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    1. We have been getting a bit more rain the last couple of days but compared to the West Coast and the Northeast this part of the country is generally less prone to monsoon calamity and has luckily so far been spared any flooding.

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