Sweet comments can spark ideas. A blogger from USA asked me yesterday if I knew that there are shades of vibrant Pink called Indian Pink.
I confirmed yes and promised a blog to honour this flamboyant colour. ( do read my blog PINK ALL THE WAY as well)
In Hindi the colour is called “Gulabi”.
In honour of my friend the first Gulabi ( Indian Pink) flower is native to North America and called Verbena (English) Verbena hybrida ( Scientific name) They belong to the family Verbenaceae and grow in clusters.
The small Verbena plant is described as a Herb and the picture below was taken in Sunder Nursery, New Delhi.
This dashing assembly of Gulabi Dahlias ( do read my blog SAY IT WITH FLOWERS) hosts both Honeybees and Ladybirds ( see the bud near the flower hosting the Honeybee) .
The lovely Dahlia of the Sunflower family is native to Mexico in Central America and the National flower of the country as well.
If you wish to see a riot of bright colours visit Rajasthan. These Ladies in Pushkar, Rajasthan in a Shocking Pink traditional attire challenge the bursts of colour exhibited by flowers.
The featured image showcases the glorious Wisdom flower of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree ( English), Bauhinia blakeana ( Scientific Name) .
The hoof like, twin lobed leaves are kept by students in their books to bring them luck in their academic pursuits.
The flag and coins of Hong Kong feature the Orchid like flower.
For those in New Delhi the tree is in bloom in January and can be seen at the Sunder Nursery ( opposite the Humayun’s Tomb) in New Delhi.
The deep Indian Pink markings in the central petal of the flower ( see the featured image) distinguish it from one of its parents the Kachnar ( Bauhinia variegata) tree.
All the flowers selected have Indian Pink blooms but are not native to the Indian Subcontinent.