ICE DAISY

Nazarbagh is a closely guarded secretive get away I was fortunate to visit and is located at a distance of about  20 kms from Statue Circle in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

A gorgeous drive through enchanting  fields of Marigolds ( Gendas)  and Calendulas ( do check out my blog titled AUSPICIOUS MARIGOLDS) leads to the secretive 12 roomed Palace , Nazarbagh.

These amazing Daisy like flowers carpet the flower beds near the curvaceous driveway leading to the main entrance of this Virgin Palace.

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Punk Styled Buds

These eye catching Bursts of Indian Pink, Magenta and Crimson are succulent herbs native to  South Africa.

Though they resemble daisies and are also commonly called Livingstone Daisy ( English) they are not genuine Daisies and do not belong to the Sunflower family either.

They however share their love for the Sun and bloom in bright Sunlight only.

The blooms close with the Setting Sun or a Cloudy Sky.

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Stems of Powdered Sugar?

If you see the pictures above and below you will observe the stems and leaves are covered with what resembles powdered sugar or Ice ( Burf in Hindi)  giving these eye candies the name Ice Plant. These are however water storing globular bladder cells which assist the Ice Plant in overcoming dry seasons.

The Livingstone Daisy, Ice Plant , Burf ( Hindi), Dorotheanthus bellidiformis ( Scientific Name) belongs to the Family Aizoaceae ( Ice Plant family) The Livingstone Daisies have a synonym Mesembryanthemum criniflorum.

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Star Burst

The picture above is of an unusual combination of yellow and crimson and a cultivar.

The Livingstone Daisies are my “Nazrana”  to the charming Palace Nazarbagh.

Nazrana is an old Indian Custom from the days when Kings and Maharajas ruled over the lands of modern Rajasthan and everyone who visited the King gave a small gift or Nazrana.

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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.

25 thoughts on “ICE DAISY”

  1. What a nice writing, always interresting for me. They are beautiful photographs, I loved them all and your expression like a flower carpet… Nazarbagh what does it mean? Nazar in my own language means ” the evil eye; look; glance;…” I just wondered. Thank you dear Mukul, have a nice day, love, nia

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