Monday, December 7, 2009

Red and Yellow make the winters mellow!

There is a lull in life. It happens every year; round one festive season – Diwali etc. – is over and there are still few days to Christmas and New Year. Thankfully, garden is not yet reflecting the somber winter mood, there is the loving passionate warm glow of red, and mixed with the cheerfulness of yellow, it has created a perfect mood brightening symphony. The Butterfly Weed (Gosh! They call it a weed!) With admix of red and yellow is the perfect cocktail for the spirits. Chrysanthemums bloom in abundance at this time and I try to ensure that there are plenty of them in various hues and shades of yellow and red. We generally get rains around third to fourth week of December and they do not augur well for the mums, but before the frigidity sets in it’s a mum dominated Gardenscape. Even the butterflies are warmed by their red-yellow soothing glow. Sometimes nature tries its hands at origami, and when it does…this is the result. This beautiful Rose, with its wonderful yellow shading and the papery petals, gives the impression of an exquisitely crafted origami specimen. This small, but not insignificant by any measure, Portulaca loves Sun. A typical tropical plant it closes by late afternoon and blossoms again with sunrise the next day- didn’t approve much of the camera coming between it and the Sun.The Heliconias which are typically tropical were a gift by the nuns of a local convent school, who got the plant from Kerala. The plant has thrived well and is another pretty red-yellow combination in the garden. The exuberance of red with a dash of yellow for the tip gives the Gaillardias a glamorous outing in the wintry outdoors. Amidst the relatively dense foliage, embossed, are the cute red-yellow aromatic clusters of lantana. There is a predominantly red-yellow tone in the garden. The warmth of these colors and the gentle sunshine make winters a fun season, but of course only till this colorful landscape lasts…after that it is going to be all grey-white, and outdoors…Brrrrr!!!


islandgal246 said...

I love the warm earthy colours in your garden. I adore your mums and that unusual lantana. I have never seen it before with the variegated leaf, it softens those bright florets. Bought my real pine Christmas tree today. I have it standing in some water and it will stay there until next week when I will start decorating.

Julie said...

Lovely, GT!!!!!

Sujata said...

Love the color combinations GT. Absolutely love your unusually shaded Rose!!

Muhammad khabbab said...

so beautiful flowers. I am delighted to see all these blooms specially mums and lanatana. They grow so sell here at Lahore - Pakistan. Sadly mums are only annuals in our hot climate.

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Wonderful post, just what we need here up in the north. A warm breeze from India.
LOLove Tyra

Unknown said...

What a beautiful selection of heart-warming colours in your garden! And I love the shot of the butterfly...very pretty! Thanks for sharing the symphony:)

walk2write said...

I just found your site via Kanak's and love what I see. You have some familiar favorites like the gaillardia and the lantana, but I've never seen a Buddha belly plant! What an interesting specimen!

Anonymous said...

Lovely colors, the rose is very beautiful

Thanks for sharing

Chandramouli S said...

Wow! That's beautiful! Like Diwali fireworks! Like red hot fiery sun giving warmth in winter! Love the Gaillardias! They seem to flower all year round!

Claude said...

those colors are so wonderful! We've just started getting our first frosts here, and most of my blooms are gone. Some warm yellows, oranges and reds would be very welcome.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Love the combination of yellow and red. In my old house the livingroom was yellow and red during the winter months and yellow and blue during summer. It looked great and worked a treat as blue is cool and red very warm.

I hope that those lovely red and yellow flowers continue to warm the cockles of your heart for weeks to come!

lotusleaf said...

Lovely mums, doc. I liked the gaillardias too. The butterfly is very pretty. Have a nice weekend.

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Sunita Mohan said...

I had to smile when i saw this post because I was in the middle of doing a post on the reds and yellows in my own garden. Like minds?
Your collection of red-and-yellow is stunning!
I have those heliconias too but they're not in bloom right now. Pity!

Janine said...

I like these colorful flowers, thanks for sharing
I speak a little english because i am French from Guadeloupe in the West Indies. I also like flowers and just to discover your blog

Ars Natura said...

The colours of the spanish flag ! my country.

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