The Colonels Lilies

So at-last the rains have come in right earnest and our dams are fast filling-up :) But lo-behold mother nature too is smiling and there is greenery everywhere with the flowers all set to bloom. In my warning walk we witnessed beautiful Pink Lilies just about to bloom. I took a few pictures along with the proud gardener Col. Roshan who looked so pleased with natures bounty. Don’t we all know the color Pink signifies happiness and joy? :)


Evening view

Evening view

A Sunset Behind Clouds

Sunsets are beautiful anywhere in the world. Just gazing at them makes you calm and peaceful. In the words of Nobel laureate and poet Rabindranath Tagore ~ “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky”.

I took this picture today in the evening and couldn’t resist sharing on my blog.

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Cheers :)

The serene Sahyadhri range

The major hill range starting from the north is the Sahyadhri (the benevolent mountains) range. This range is home to many hill stations like Matheran, Lonavala-Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, and Amboli onwards. The range is called Sahyadri in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Sahya Parvatam in Kerala.

The pictures below are taken from the road just short of Jugnoo Farms. You can observe the Sahyadhris in the far distance behind.

Sayadhri Hills

Sayadhri Hills

Sayadhri Range

Sayadhri Range

Annual Flower Show 2014 Pune


Hi folks this post is re-blogged from my other blog. Hope you enjoy :)

Originally posted on Breath of Joy:

“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts” ~ Sigmund Freud

The Empress Garden at Pune covers a sprawling 39 acres, and is home to many rare species of trees and flowers. The

The enthusiasts

The enthusiasts

Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India organizes an annual flower show and arranges various programs throughout the year to create environmental awareness among people. This year the flower-show was held on January

17, 18 & 19.

In this post I’ll share pictures which capture the decked-up Empress Garden and the spirit and the mood of the flower enthusiasts young and old. Prize winners in Bonsai and flower decorations will would be in subsequent posts.


Catch the rainbow

Riot of colors

Riot of colors








Don't miss the little pup

A moment to relax


Thank you friends and have a lovely day :)

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Winter’s blossom

This lovely bush is so attractive when in bloom. Actually its the leaves which turn white.The bloom lasts only a few months in the winter :( People passing by give it different names but that’s pure guess work. In case you do happen to know the name of this beautiful creation of nature please do share.

White flower bush

Have a lovely day :)

Jugnoo Farm village scene

You can spot the Jugnoo Farm Poly-house with the green top in the far distance nestled in this typical village setting. You can also see simple village folk going about their daily chores and also our Kashinath with the white beard. Kashinath is a highly spiritual person and is the heart and soul of Jugnoo Farm. The effect of his goodness is felt not only by the people who know him but also by the plants. I do believe the plants respond happily to the care he bestows on them.

Every evening Kashinath who is a kirtankar goes with a few friends to the temple located a some distance away from the village for Kirtan (bhajan). A person performing kirtan is known as a kirtankar. Kirtan practice involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments such as the harmonium, tabla and some others.

Green House in the distance

At the farm seeing off a visitor.


Namaste and cheers :)

Beautiful Gliricidia Trees

Its the month of March and on the hills at the rear of our housing complex the beautiful Gliricidia trees are in full bloom. Earlier the hills were bare and stony and when Gliricidia trees were planted in a short while the plants became trees. The lovely flowers are in bloom during March April and soon the trees become bare. I am sharing few pictures taken by me.

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Gliricedia- FINAL (1) copy

Gliricedia - FINAL (2) copy

For more information please read the Wikipedia

Gliricidia sepium is a medium-sized tree and can grow to about 10 meters high. The bark is smooth and has composite leaves. Each leaf is composed of leaflets that are about 2 to 7 cm long and 1 to 3 cm wide. The flowers are located on the end of branches that have no leaves. These flowers have a bright pink to lilac color that is tinged with white.

The tree is used in many tropical and sub-tropical countries for various purposes such as live fencing, fodder, coffee shade, firewood, green manure. Live fences can be grown from 1.5 m to 2.0 m stakes of Gliricidia sepium in just a month.

Because it fixes nitrogen in the soil, it boosts crop yields significantly without the expense of chemical fertilizers. It is also one of the most important tropical agro forestry trees and is an effective wind-breaker.

Cheers :)

Originally posted on Breath of Joy:

“A single rose can be my garden; a single friend, my world” ~ Leo Buscaglia

The Empress Garden at Pune covers a sprawling 39 acres, and is home to many rare species of trees and flowers.The Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India organizes an annual flower show and arranges various programs throughout the year to create environmental awareness among people. This year the flower-show was held on 11th, 12th, 13th Jan. 2013.

Sharing some of the pictures with you. Do enjoy nature at its best :)


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Merry Xmas & Happy New Year 2013

Christmas & New Year card 2013


Bonsai collection

We eagerly await the 2012 annual flowers show in Pune. It is held every year in the month of January. I wish to share a few pictures of the beautiful Bonsai taken in the 2011 Flower Show. Hope you like them :)

Bonsai (盆栽?, means plantings in tray, from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings, is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years, and has its own aesthetics and terminology.

The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower). By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food, for medicine, or for creating yard-size or park-size gardens or landscapes. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.

(Above information sourced from Wikipedia

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Cheers :)