Wishing all those who read and will read my blogs A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR . The wishes are accompanied by Magnificent DAHLIAS and Honeybees who feast on their sweet nectar.
The featured image is symbolic as I wish you A Feast of Sweet moments and memories in 2016. Pictures was taken in the Gardens of the Sunder Nursery.
Sunder is a Hindi word meaning Beautiful .
The Refurbished Sunder Nursery is a well kept secret in the centre of New Delhi. Located exactly opposite the Humayun Tomb, this non- ticketed but spectacular garden is highly recommended. ( Parking is free too for now)
A recreation of a Persian garden with over half a dozen monuments from the 16th Century , the Sunder Nursery has received a superb make over by THE AGA KHAN FOUNDATION.
Sunder Bhuj at Sunder Nursery
The Dahlia is a gorgeous flower and a major attraction to their pollinators the Madhumakhi ( Hindi), Indian Honeybee ( English),Apis cerana ( Scientific name).
Belonging to the Sunflower family, Asteraceae, the glorious Winter Sun on the 1st day of the New Year has the flowers bloom with joy.
As you can see in all the pictures the Honeybees are buzzing with delight as they share the feast ( nectar) laid out by these Enchanting flowers.
Observe the buds droop in the initial stages and look downwards.
A single row of faux petals ( florets actually) indicates the species Dahlia Coccinea.It is not only native but also the National Flower of Mexico.
The plants have numerous buds ready to burst into the magnificent Sun Gazing flowers you see in the picture below. Do observe they start gazing at the Sun as they transform from inconspicuous green buds into colourful blooms.
The “Madhumakhis” or literally translated Honey ( madhu) Flies ( makhi) love the nectar produced by the large number of flowers which form the central disc of each flower.
The buds droop but gradually face the sun after they begin to bloom into flowers.
The Bud in the background is clearly caught in the stage of looking upwards.
Enchanting Nature has said it WITH FLOWERS . Are we listening?
Wishing all A FANTASTIC 2016.