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 nursery

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.

as we say bye to 2015
Fallen petals or the year gone by

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.

bees buds and flowers
The Warmth of the Sunrays makes the Dahlias bloom

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.

more than one suitor
This Scarlet Dahlia attracts more than one Bee

Enchanting Nature has said it WITH FLOWERS . Are we listening?

Wishing all A FANTASTIC 2016.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

42 thoughts on “SAY IT WITH FLOWERS”

  1. WOW..!! Wonderful pictures..! The colors are very beautiful.., ! Perfect..!!! Great shot..!!!
    …and FANTASTIC 2016 for you too..!!! 🌸🐝

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  2. What gorgeous pictures! The dahlias are so vibrant and joyful and they seem to be keeping happy company with the bees. Loved your delightful commentary and warm wishes for the New Year. Happy 2016 to you!

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      1. In Kentucky…. Lol probably not anywhere… Ever. Not sophisticated enough a place for that. We do have poison ivy and it leaves beautiful red welts that looks like a bee sting. So same thing 😜

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