Ooty… lush greenery, serene lake, and of late crowded with tourists. Ooty botanical gardens have remained the tourist’s favorite for a long time. A search for other attractions led us to the Rose Gardens.

Roses in all colours and sizes abound the rose gardens.  The view is spectacular with thousands of roses, and the Ootacamund valley in the backdrop.


Red rose


All colours and hues …

Purple rose

And white being no exception…



One more white beauty

White rose

Dazzling in te bright sunlight..

Yellow rose

Soft, gentle and happy roses 🙂


As also majestic and splendid beauty…

Rose Ooty

Is not beauty all about peace, joy and cheerfulness ?

Roses ooty


Every time I think of these roses, my mind becomes overcome with peace and happiness.

Remember flowers from the backyard?

Hybrid Roses, Hydrangeas, Plumeria,  etc are the must haves for any flower lover’s garden today.

About 15 years back, not many of us knew the names of these exotic variety of flowers. There were another host of flowers then, which were synonymous with daily life.

Come, let us take a walk together looking out for the much loved flowers that have been growing in our gardens…, from as long as we can remember 🙂

Kanakambaram” flowers..Commonly known as Priyadarsha in hindi. These flowers do not have a fragrance, but their bright colours made them the top contender for decorating long slender hairstyles.

In terms of frgarance, nothing can beat the “malli” or Jasmine flower pandals… Many houses have jasmine flower shrubs next to the fence or the boundary wall… the long slender stems crawl up a supporting pandal or wall, and are soon covered with dew drop like flowers. Their fragrance during the night is heavenly 🙂

Arali” or Nerium flowers are the next… they come in pale pink or pure white colors. Long leaves and tall shrubs are characteristic of these flowers. They are widely used for pooja and temple worships.

Shenbagam” or Golden Champa (Michelia Champaca) flowers… Their fragrance is striking and is even known to attract snakes (though not sure if snakes have noses or can smell.. I guess it is another old grandmothers tale). Yellow champa trees are more common than the rarely found white champa.

There are many more to this list. Evenings were spent in hand picking these flowers, stringing them together, and then storing them away wrapped in a damp cloth. As kids we used to look forward to decorating long plated hair styles with these stringed flower garlands 🙂

Lets hope these flowers continue to be grown in our backyards, to bring joy and dreams.

A rose is a rose is a rose…

Summer is just over, and we are having frequent showers with lots of bright sunlight. It rains for a couple of hours, and then it suddenly becomes sunny and sultry. Evenings are cool with a pleasant breeze.

In the midst of coconut trees and green plants,we found a sudden burst of colour – our rose plants are in full bloom with colorful flowers. Here is a sampler basket of photos 🙂

The adorable white rose:

I was not the only one drawn to this rose. There was an other visitor, already feasting on the white petals:

Here comes the delicate pink rose:

With soft pinkish and white edges, her petals are so delicate and soft.

Here is a more fiery one, with yellow / orange buds:

And when it blooms, it is a riot of colours, with a mix of red, yellow and orange colors:

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose! The burst of colors, soft petals, delicate fragrance… and lot more to this beautiful flower.