Category Archives: Nature

Sometimes, all it takes is the chirping of a bird, the blooming of a flower, or the sound of a stream to awaken our senses and rejuvenate us. All we know is this existence and this one life we are given to lead. Open your mind, use your senses, to experience the amazing world around you.

Night-flowering Jasmine, full of natural cures

We installed a flood light to see the Night-Jasmine tree in our garden at night, since the flowers shed at sunrise….This plant is native to parts of Asia. Every part of the beautiful tree is edible and full of antioxidants and amazing chemicals. The fragrant flowers fall through the day and last only for a day. When we wake up in the morning, the carpet of white flowers with bright orange-red centers greet us. The flowers, bark,  seeds, stem and fruit of the tree are said to cure viral, fungal and parasitic diseases, and contains substances which protect the liver and boost immunity. The leaves have been used to cure sciatica and arthritis in traditional medicine. 

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The tree sheds all its flowers by early morning!! The fragrance remains for a while though….

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Flowers flourish in murky waters….

My Mumma told me long ago….’try not to blame your circumstances, do your best wherever and whenever you can, the lotus flourishes in muddy waters’…… .(almost everything I see connects to her telling me fascinating things)……at that time….I had thought ‘I have the best of circumstances, why does Mum think I’ll be in terrible situations?’…..While traveling in the North-East, we came across a beautiful little pond..with pink and purple water flowers…I call them that as I can not distinguish between the lotus and the lily! we stopped awhile and sat on the grassy banks to enjoy a ‘hot beverage’ ( Sheldon Cooper’s copyright)……the only sound was of the chirping of the birds and the dragonflies as they swooped over the flowers….I peeped into the barely-visible water…..it was muddy and murky………without the mud, these flowers can not thrive, without the flowers, the water is just a muddy ditch…….

 


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Winter beauty–Chrysanthemum

Mum or Chrysanthemum flowers are ornamental and reduce indoor pollution. They are used as a garnish, and are used to make tea, soup and wine. They come in various colours and sizes. Another use is that they cheer you up on a cold winter morning.

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Leopard Stalk plant

I have never seen or heard of this plant, but ….

As Hamlet said..”There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy”.

I do hope that it’s a new discovery!! Please do let me know if anyone knows the name of this plant, heaven knows I have searched enough for the correct nomenclature and classification. This was clicked when I was walking around in the Himalayas. 

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Healthiest and tastiest….Plant-to-plate!

The PTP is unbeatable in health and taste….we are lucky to have a kitchen garden in which we grow some vegetables, herbs and fruits…..the Plant-to-Plate method is the best to get the maximum nutrition and taste out of anything edible….freshly plucked, cooked instantly and eaten while it is hot….it does not get better than that….our eggplants are merrily providing us a regular supply of eggplants……….we are enjoying the baingan ka bhartha…..the larger eggplants are roasted, the skin peeled away and the pulp is mashed. In a pan, desi ghee is heated, garlic, green chili, onions, turmeric and tomatoes are added and cooked, the mashed eggplant is added and cooked well. Salt is added and the dish is ready!


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Jacarandas- Himalayas

The Jacaranda tree has always been one of my favourites….to see them blossom in the Himalayas was icing on the cake for me! The vibrant trees seem more beautiful on the mountain paths……


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Dandelion seed heads–Himalayas

The beautiful dandelion seed heads are also called Blowballs for obvious reasons. The plant is rather clever as it produces a cluster of seeds attached which are delicately attached to the plant, easily detached by the gentle breeze that carries it over mountains and rivers to reproduce the plant in distant locations…

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This is the only structure in nature’s bounty that I would happily help to disintegrate….


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Birds pick the best fruits!

We had fruit trees at home…mango, jamun, custard apple, guava and mulberry…..our parents taught us that the fruit which a bird had partially eaten was always the tastiest….it was true!! out of a 100 fruits on a tree, birds have the uncanny ability to pick the sweetest fruit…..yesterday, a parrot visited our garden and picked and savored a guava…

  


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Another end, another beginning

The sun may set on you, it shines for someone else, somewhere far away

As another corner of the world celebrates the break of dawn

Another zone is bustling, every hour of every day

Off to work they rush, before daylight is gone

The need to succeed in the material world

Life spins by in a whirl 

Stop awhile, share precious moments with those you love

Before we all depart to the heavens above……

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Cherry tomatoes.. Our home

Cherry tomatoes grow in bushels in our kitchen garden. They are best eaten raw, in their natural form , the whole tomato is packed with flavour. They contain Lycopene and other antioxidants. 

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