|Bird bath and profusely blooming Bleeding Heart vine/Clerodendrum thomsoniae|
|Beautiful orchids on the Powder Puff/Calliandra tree|
|The Jia-Bharali river in spate|
|The Glassy Tiger butterfly|
Lunch was heavy and delicious! There were many lovely dishes but the stars were pork vindaloo and lemon rice. Dessert was fresh litchis from their backyard, seeds removed, and served with cream with a dash of strawberry crush. Ah, bliss!
The red mussaendas looked so attractive with their bright red bracts. Although the flowers are tiny (like bougainvilleas) they attract a lot of pollinators. The Great Mormon butterfly (on the right) is my first capture of this kind of swallowtail butterfly.
Looking at the zinnias, I felt that it makes sense to grow these single-petalled zinnias as the pollinators never stopped visiting...
This side of the property had gerbera daisies, liliums (the flowering was over) and impatiens. The area beyond the grassy patch has pear and orange trees.
Yellow allamanda blooms profusely. They are good as cut flowers too. Rupa uses a lot of flowers and every room of the house had pretty floral arrangements.
|Glory lily/Gloriosa superba|
This is an early morning view of one of the tea gardens that I photographed on the way while returning. It had been raining the whole night and the weather still hadn't cleared. We were worried about the flooding on the road but luckily the roads were not blocked.
We came back with fruits from their garden. Litchis from another tree that were smaller but sweet. The larger ones were over but I'm glad we got to taste them. The first pineapple of the season that they so kindly picked for us...I'm waiting for it to ripen. We also got raw jackfruits. There's a recipe coming soon.
|Pani jaam/Water apple/Rose apple/Syzygium samarangense|