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Moss Rose

Moss Rose, Portulaca 

Botanical name: Portulaca grandiflora    Family: Portulacaceae (moss rose family)

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Semi succulent leaves and stems, trailing and multi branched plant.  the stem and leaves are soft and juicy.  The leaves are cylindrical and pointed at the tip.  The flowers are in bright colours, but I saw this one only in pink.  They open in bright sunlight and close on non sunny days and in the evening.

Picture taken at Gun Rock Enclave, Secunderabad.  
Information – Flowers of India

Gazania

I saw these flowers in many different colours at a friend’s place

Botanical Name – Gazania rigens   Family – Asteracea ( Sunflower family)

ImageImageLooks like a daisy.  Have a dark band in the centre.  The colours vary as you can see.  Hardy plants.  Bloom in bright light.  Leaves turn upwards at night.  Close in the evening or on an overcast day.  ImagePicture taken at Gunrock Enclave, Secunderabad

 

Japanese Cherry

Prunus serrulata kanzan, Family – Rosaceae

A deciduous tree – and since it is sterile, it will not bear fruit.   Native to Japan, Korea and China.  It has pink double flowers in clusters of 2-5.  Pretty avenue trees, but have shallow roots and not suitable for home gardens.

All information here is from Landscape Architecture Blog.  Pictures were sent to me by S – and were taken a month ago in London in April.

Japanese Maple

Botanical name – Acer palmatum atropurpureum

I fell in love with this tree.  I love these red/purple foliage. They look so elegant.   Not just the colour, look at the beautiful shape of the leaf.  There were so many that we saw on our trip to the UK.   I read that most of the year through the leaves are this lovely colour, but there were some who mention that they are green in summer.  We were there in June, so I cannot really be sure if these leaves were green at all.

There was also this lovely tree (below) – it does not look the same – that we saw from our boat as we cruised along the Loch Goile in Scotland.  What a magnificent tree!

The first two trees were identified by Justin Davis.

I think the main reason some of our trees do not look this lovely are our overhead cables.  Someone is always cutting the branches of our trees unless they are really in the wild.  If they were left to grow without the roots entangled in a concrete mass and branches away from the overhead poles and wires, our trees would have so much more character!

Spicy Jatropha

Also called Peregrina.

This shrub was spotted in a so called ‘function hall’ and that should explain all the yellow wire and the tiny light bulbs all over the shrub. I suspect they grow the shrubs to serve their fancy lighting purposes.

The tiny star shaped flowers grow in clusters.   This perennial shrub has many slender trunks but apparently can also be pruned to a single one.

Botanical name: Jatropha integerrima    Family: Euphorbiaceae (castor family

Shrub photographed at AS Rao Nagar, Hyderabad.

 

Small and White

Common Name:  Yellow-Vein Eranthemum, Golden Pseuderanthemum

I could not get closer to this evergreen shrub to get a better picture. There are tiny white flowers here with purple pink dots in the centre.  And the foliage a shade of yellow to green – though not clearly seen here in the picture.

Botanical name: Pseuderanthemum reticulatum      Family: Acanthaceae (ruellia family)

( Picture taken at AS Rao Nagar, Hyderabad)

The other small white flowers with a little pink centre is the Saxifraga x urbium – the London Pride photographed in Lake District, UK.

Aid in identification of the flower by Justin Davis.  Ideal for ground cover, it produces little pink /white flowers growing from succulent stems.  It grows in neglected spaces.  And is said to have been flowering in the bombed sites in London in the 1940s and therefore symbolic of the resilience of London and the Londoner.  There is even a song by Noel Coward that became popular in WW II .

That brings me to the title Small and White for this post.. remember the song in The Sound of Music?

Wisteria

Wisteria a hardy climber.  Seen here in the pretty purple colour.  There are many varieties and I do not know which one this is.. possibly the Wisteria floribunda – the Japanese Wisteria. Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

They are said to grow vigorously and need to be controlled.  And the blooms seen here are really worth it.  The pictures here were taken of the flowers allowed to trail down the roof of the London Apprentice – the popular pub in Isleworth. For more info check this link

California Lilac

A compact shrub / small tree with bright blue flowers.  Said to ideal for dense ground cover, for low walls, for fences….  And they have nice dark green leaves and therefore the blue flowers stand out.

Beautiful… Seen at the  resort in Hunters Quay, Dunoon, Scotland.

Species – Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens

Rhododendron

There are 900 species of Rhododendrons.  And they seem to be all over the world. They say it is native to the Himalayan region and SE Asia, but strangely is the state flower of  Washington and West Virginia!

It is also referred to as Azaleas.  They were brought to the UK in 1825 and now are seen all over the countryside.  In some places, some of the species are said to be invasive and are replacing the natural flora of the area. They are seen in an amazing range of colours, but somehow, the ones I have taken are in pink and shades of lilac.  And this one in red ( I may be wrong in its identification though) – The rhodendron is seen as shrubs, small to large trees.  However, parts of the plant are toxic.  Therefore, best to admire from a distance!

All pictures taken at Lake District, UK