Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Bloom too soon!

Diwali, the biggest event in the Hindu festive calendar is about 3 weeks away. I wanted the garden to have at least some blooms which I could show off to the guests dropping in for celebrations. Alas! This Garlic wine, on which I was counting so heavily, is in bloom now. The blooms of this lovely Vine are gorgeous like always, but for me they came a tad sooner then they should have. I guess the ‘flowery fireworks’ will have all fizzled out by Diwali. The other blooms, which I turn to for this festival, are the mums. But the mums have decided to not to oblige soon enough; they will be in bloom only by November 1st week. So, even the chrysanthemum bloom will elude me this Diwali. But this one plant, whose bloom may not have coincided with the festival, has still made me happy just by blooming. Dracaena is known to be a very capricious bloomer. That it gave out flowers is enough a cause for celebration. Now I feel that I should have planted some Marigolds which quite likely would have bloomed at the right time.

25 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a beautiful vine. The blooms are just gorgeous on it.

Urban Green said...

Garlic wine - Wow! they are gorgeous. You have a treasure trove of plants...just so that I try to get this one, what is this vine called locally?
I didnot know dracaena flowers too...aw!
Wishing you more blooms this fall!

islandgal246 said...

Your garlic vine is stupendous! Mine didn't flower much this year. Pity the won't last for Diwali. Sometimes we just can't time mother nature. Do you have it just growing against a wall?

Julie said...

That vine is stunning, GT!!! WOW!!!!!

Is it too late to go pick up about 50 blooming marigold plants and get them in the ground??? LOL.

Have a wonderful festival time!!!

sweet bay said...

I'm sorry the Garlic Vine is blooming early but it sure is gorgeous.

Sunita said...

They really look like firecrackers too, dont they? Like a string of pink crackers.
Pity abot the garlic vine. It would've added a festive touch to your garden. It's one of my favourites too.
I second what Julie suggested... get some plants in the ground quickly before the festivities start. You could call it a Diwali gift to yourself ;D

Layanee said...

That is a gorgeous plant. Do you know the genus/species? I wonder if that is available here for growing as a houseplant....or house shrub! Your garden will look lovely blooms or no blooms.

Green thumb said...

@ Hocking Hills Gardener-Hi Lona, thanks for visiting. Blooming garlic vine sure is a gorgeous sight!
@Urban Green- Garlic vine is known quite commonly in nurseries by this name, though on searching the Flowers of India website I found that it is also known as 'Parul Lata' in some places.
@ Islandgal- Hi Helen, the garlic vine is indeed growing against a wall! Its a pity that this time it didn't flower in your garden. I've seen in your header how magical it looks flowering against your Gazebo!
@ Julie- Thanks for your wishes! the idea is good, but i will have to swallow my gardening ego pretty hard to arrange the flowers from outside.
@ Sweetbay- Thanks. It is the beauty of the vine that is preventing me form crying too hoarse.
@Sunita- They certainly look like firecrackers, and that too near Diwali! Could have been better, had it been ON Diwali. Well, the idea to 'import' Marigolds is a good one, but it robs you of the pleasure of a proud display of a in house creation.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

I wish you a wonderful Diwali, I'm actually wearing a hindu necklace in sandelwood that I bought in an Hindu temple I visited down in Tamil Nadu. Oh it was such an exciting experience. I got a few Marigolds for you :-)

Tyra

A wildlife gardener said...

It is so annoying when ones' blooms are 'going over' or spent before an important festival. It is the same here with Harvest Festivals...often my prettiest flowers are gone...

Lovely post with beautiful photos for me to drool over as I can only grow them as tiny house plants... :)

Tootsie said...

oh it is gorgeous!!!

lotusleaf said...

Hello Green Thumb. Your draceana flowers are spectacular! They hardly ever bloom for me. I have become a follower.

Green thumb said...

@Tyra- How wonderful! Thanks for the visit Tyra...and of course for the Marigolds...you are always so sweet.
@Layanee- The botanical name of garlic vine is CYDISTA AEQUINOCTIALIS. It is native to South America, and I don't know if it can be grown as a house plant in your place as it is truly a tropical plant, but the best way to know something is to give it a try!!
@Wildlife Gardener- dear W.G, life is always a trifle unfair, or that's how we feel. I guess the beauty of gardening is that it is not mathematics; the uncertainty may disappoint at times but it keeps the suspense alive.
@Tootsie- Thanks, and so is your blog!
@lotus leaf- I hope they bloom for you too. Thanks, it is an honor to have you as a follower.

WizzyTheStick said...

I love the flowers of the garlic vine. What a fantastic specimen you have in your garden.

FlowerLady said...

That garlic vine is fabulous! Love the blooms of the Dracaena also.

FlowerLady

Andrea's Garden said...

I have never seen this vine before and it is just gorgeous! You are talking about blossoms in November. We could be covered in snow by then.
Andrea

julian said...

The garlic vine is very nice! I had thoughts about getting one before, which have now been revived :)

IndianWildlifeClub said...

Beautiful garden of flowers!

Kanak Hagjer said...

The Garlic Vine blooms are gorgeous!!! I hope you still have some blooms left for Diwali...Loved the Dracaena too.

Wish you and your family A VERY HAPPY DIWALI [in advance:-)]

Matron said...

What a wonderful display! You have an explosion of flowery fireworks there!

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Hurray for the Draceana! Gorgeous if unusual flowers. Oh that Garlic vine of yours, it is such a winner even if it dared to bloom a bit too early for you. Compared to your Garlic vine Marigolds are a bit blah! ;-)

Carol said...

Ah yes... plants just do not always cooperate with our holidays. I hope you have lots of other blooms... that is a beauty as is your Dracaena! I will have to research your Diwali Festival. Carol

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

What pretty blooms, both the Garlic and the Dracaena. The Dracaena is interesting and so unusual. It's special that your Garlic vine has bloomed early...what a nice treat for your Diwali Festival!

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I chanced upon your blog from the women's web blog.
Those flowers are awesome. I am a novice gardener too and I found your blog really useful. Keep up the good work.

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