Saturday, March 21, 2009

fragrant future...

One of my favourite flowers is 'Frangipani', okay make it the favourite flower.
The intoxicating fragrance floating at the entrance of our home in an earthern 'urli' or the bird's bath in our balcony or ladles in my kitchen or in brass vessels in various corners of my home was a familiar sight in our previous home... I have mentioned in many earlier posts about this huge 'Frangipani' tree down the road from our home that spreads a carpet of fragrant white flowers every morning.My daily routine was incomplete without gathering a handful of these beauties and bringing them home.

When we moved to our new home a couple of months back, I really missed this small routine. I tried to make do with other gorgeous flowers, but nevertheless missed my frangipani flowers.

Today morning along with the sunrise came the oh-too-familiar intoxicating fragrance of Frangipani. We had picked up two small pots of Frangipani trees hoping one day they would flower.

That day has arrived:-)

Next time you see a fresh frangipani flower fallen on a sidewalk, do pick it and yes, smell it:-))

Have a lovely Saturday!

27 comments:

Veda Murthy said...

i totally agree with u arch! they r really beautiful and i find myself using them in all my arrangements at home...i love the different colors that comes in them too....

regards,
Veda

Kala Pohl Studio said...

I love the frangipani, or plumeria as we called them in Hawaii (where I lived for several years). I love painting them too:) But then I also love the Jasmine - must be the fragrance of these beauties that infuse the senses. Great photos, wonderful composition, Arch:)

pRiyA said...

very beautiful arch. i love that white frangipani with long white petals. i have a tree of this growing closeby. the frangipani cutting in my garden has a deep yellow centre and a pink stripe outside. don't you wish you could collect ALL the varieties and colours?

oh goodness, the word verification is 'petal'. isn't that amazing! just right for this post!!!

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks Veda, Kala, Priya:-))

They are delightful beauties:-)

Priya- Lucky you:-)

Lakshmi -Celebrations of Life said...

Very pretty Arch.I loved them in your ring finger.As you said they are beautiful beauties.We have many trees around our house.I was also thinking the other day,they have started flowering.Lovely post.

Aditi said...

They are gorgeous. I could almost smell the fragrance from that beautiful post...

Tharini said...

This was a beautiful moody post. Loved it! Loved the picture of the flowers tucked into Ganesha ever so neatly!

~mE said...

nice post arch...
i have two trees Huge in my house one is white and yellow in the center and the other is pink and white.
I think this is the season they loose all their leaves and the tree is full of ONly flowers and they look so pretty

pRiyA said...

Hi Arch,
it's me again. Since your photographs have lovely shadows due to the light, you might like to take part in Shadow Shot Sunday. (If you don't know about it already). I just heard of it from Tessa. More details at my blog.

Life Unscripted! said...

Lovely Post..Lovely flowers...even i have a potted frangpani...it has got buds now hope in a day or two they wud bloom..i am just waiting for that moment...hope soon..

Loved the picts...

Sunita said...

Lovely post, Arch! And great photos, as always.
I've got one growing and blooming in my garden. Like you, I set them floating on my bird-bath too.
I love the white ones with yellow centers best. They've got such a pure, tranquil look.

Madhu Gopalan said...

Such a beautiful post, Archana! I think we've come to associate you with Frangipanis :)

So, do they grow well in pots? If they do, I'll buy one too...

Shalini said...

I know of your love for these flowers! We've always had a tree nearby...in Blr, Bombay and now Dubai, but nothing like having one's own trees and flowers! How wonderful for you!

Sophie said...

Arch, beautifully written blog with lovely pics...I completely agree...didn't know they are called frangipani...

Fernanda R. Lima said...

Lovely pics, incredible post!

Patricia Torres said...

Do they really grow well in pots?? I'll attempt to plant some as well..

Lovely pics Arch!!

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks all:-)

Madhu, Patricia - The last two photographs are of the flowers that bloomed in the pots in our terrace:-))

Arch at Rang said...

Priya- Sure will check out the post on Shadow Shot Sunday:-) Thanks.

tusen said...

They are very beautiful and I love the way you take photos of them :)
I wonder what the smell is (I'm afraid I won't be able to find them even in the Botanical Gardens here)
And as for something completely different - I've just finished a new batch of mice and guess which fabric I used for a little mouse for my Grandma? :)

Magdalena said...

Oh, absolutely wonderful :) Frangipani is my favourite too, along with jasmine. I so wish they would grow over here in Sweden as well!
Their intoxicating scent always brings me a bit of happiness and stillness with memories of beautiful moments from my trips to India, Thailand & Malaysia.
I think I can actually smell your pictures, Arch! They are fantastic.

Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

What an intoxicating post Archy!

Bougainvillea and Frangipani is my favorite too. The joy and pleasure of plucking flowers from your own garden is so magical.

To me ~ Gardening is therapy :)

Enjoy your garden...I can't wait for summer to start mine.


~Colors of My Dreams :) ~

Ilona said...

I just recently found your blog and I have to say it was love at first sight!

Thank you for these wonderful photos!

bhumika said...

In Marathi, they call these "chafa cha phool". The pics of these b'ful flowers reminded me of Pune University and the lovely sight of the gardens with a row of these trees on either side. B'ful, as always :)

megha punater said...

when i was small i used to make rings out of them,i absolutely love the fragrance.
beautiful pics arch :)

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Shireena said...

you never fail to impress and move me with your photos. I collected some of these flowers that had fallen on the sidewalk just yesterday and placed them to float in a low bowl of water in our hotel room (yes, still homeless) - so pretty and fragrant.

shula said...

Your little Ganesh is DIVINE.