Spring is in the Air

The birds are chirping, bees are buzzing and seeds are sprouting. Spring is in the air. What a joy to experience the seasons in the sun again! It feels good to be alive.

We had couple of day-long rain showers in February. Houston needed that soaking rain after last year’s drought like conditions. Thanks to the rain and pleasant weather, my garden space is coming alive with plenty of new growth. Here are some garden goddesses that are in smiling bloom.

About to bloom ~ A Red Rose Bud

Pretty in Pink ~ An Azalea (Autumn Carnation)

Golden Beauty ~ The Chrysanthemum

Petal Perfection ~ The Red Camellia

A New Addition to The Garden ~ Tulip Magnolia (Jane)

Home as a Hobby ~ Clay Diwali Diyas

Clay Diwali Diyas
Homemade Clay Diwali Diyas

We had neighbourhood Diwali party this week. One of the activities we did was make clay diyas. I made those two and jeweled them for that festive Diwali feel. It was a nice thing to do with family and friends.

Dasara Celebrations

Dear family and friends – Happy Dasara.

Dasara Celebrations at the Meenakshi Temple, Pear Land, TX
Meenakshi Kalyanam ~ Navaratri Alankarana at Meenakshi Temple, Houston

Dasara Celebrations at the Meenakshi Temple, Pear Land, TX

Dasara Celebrations at the Meenakshi Temple, Pear Land, TX
Bommala Koluvu for Dasara ~ Meenakshi Temple, Houston

Vinayaka Chavithi Celebrations

Vinayaka Chavithi Celebrations
Bala Ganapathi with His Favorite Flowers and Fruits

Vinayaka Chavithi Celebrations
A Virtual Flower and Fruit Prasadam to All Our Family and Friends,
Vinayaka Chavithi Shubhakankshalu!

Goddess of the Garden ~ Kanakambaram

Kanakambaram ~ the sacred saffron!
Kanakambaram ~ Divinity in simplicity!

Goddess of the Garden ~ Zinnia

Button Zinnia ~ A bright and beautiful shade of red
Button Zinnia ~ A bright and beautiful shade of red and an elegant arrangement of harmony!

Zinnia ~ Multi colored and multi faceted: A beautiful sprinkle of color
Zinnia ~ Multi colored and multi faceted: A beautiful sprinkle of color

Goddess of the Garden ~ Althea

Althea ~ Translucent petals through transforming light
Translucent petals through transforming light
Althea, The Rose of Sharon in Bloom from My Garden

Goddess of the Garden ~ Nityamalli

Nitya Malli (Vinka/Periwinkle))
Nityamalli (Vinka) after a morning shower

A shower in the morning, the emerging light on the east and refraction through droplets on the petals – The goddess Nityamalli had never looked prettier!

Goddess of the Garden ~ Swamp Hibiscus

Swamp Hibiscus
Swamp Hibiscus in Afternoon Sun

Like the sindhuram that brightens up a mature face, the palm-sized, five petal swamp hibiscus flower in bold crimson color lightens up a landscape. This cheerful goddess is a sun worshiper, showing up with sun, smiling broadly as sun does his afternoon stroll and shying away with sunken sun.

Swamp hibiscus plant dies to the ground in freezing winter but comes back from roots in spring in Houston weather. A reliable, low maintenance plant with beautiful vigorous blooms, it’s another must have for a hibiscus collector.

Goddess of the Garden ~ Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle Flowers
Honeysuckle Flowers in Bloom from My Garden

Honeysuckles are fragrant flowers that exude sweet nectar. Picking a fresh honeysuckle flower and sucking the small bits of honey out of it used to be a joy of my childhood summer outings. This sweet goddess is the nourisher of bees and hummingbirds, a beneficial herbal medicine for summer heat and a must have for fragrant flower fans.

Goddess of the Garden ~ Dontara Malli

7-layered Sambac Jasmine (Dontara Malli)
Dontara Malli (7-layered Grand-Duke Jasmine)

A little youthful exuberance, layers of calming elegance and wide-eyed with innocence. A whiff of its heady scent, the passion swells. This lovely seven-layered jasmine has to be one of the most beautiful jasmines out there in garden world. She is the goddess of day dreams, fantasy and romance.

Goddesses of the Garden ~ Desert Rose

Desert Rose Flowers
Desert Rose Flowers

I am very fond of Desert Rose flower, another goddess of my garden, because the flowers resemble the gorgeous frangipani of India.

I have desert rose plant for the last two years. It was a tiny seedling then, with four to five young leaves. I planted it in a container and placed it in an east facing spot. The plant thrives in sunshine, it doesn’t need much water but needs protection from winter cold. Desert rose comes to life during summer with flowers in beautiful shades of rosy pink. It truly is a collector’s plant.

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