Waves of White Fields engulf all your senses as you drive to the calm NazarBagh Palace located near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Herds of Sheep and Goats graze in the fields as you drive through a picturesque winding path surrounded by GOLDEN FIELDS ( do check out my blog by the same title), Gooseberry ( Amla in Hindi) Trees, Sunflowers and fields of White Flowers.
The White Flowers are none other than White Hybrids of the Calendula Daisy.The leaves are however closer to Marigolds ( do check out my blog AUSPICIOUS MARIGOLDS)
The photograph below showcases White Calendulas in the foreground and Yellow Mustard flowers in the background. Right at the back at tree level you can see a hazy image of the yellow blooms of the Desi Babool ( Scientific Name Acacia nilotica).
Mary’s Gold or English Marigold as the yellow flowered Calendula (English), Calendula officinalis ( Scientific Name) is called is native to Southern Europe.
The field one sees in the picture below are a hybrid or cultivar as the leaves are closer to the Marigold ( Tagetes erecta) naturalized to India and Mexico.
The flower however resembles a Daisy. That is however not in the least surprising as all the flowers named above belong the Sun Flower or Daisy family Asteraceae.
The Calendula Flower has numerous medical applications and is used in various cosmetics as well.
A closer look reveals a Central Golden Disc which makes me rethink about the identity of these flowers.
The white colour of the flowers , the structure of the leaves and the predominant look of a daisy makes me wonder why I have identified them as Calendulas?
Have I made the same mistake mistake as the British did 200 years ago of thinking of Marigolds as Mary’s Gold ?
I leave the Judgement to the readers of this blog to correct me. In the meanwhile enjoy the Enchanting drive to Nazarbagh through these spectacular White Fields.
Incidentally NazarBagh means FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, the beauty is captured in ones Nazar or Eyes. Poetic is it not ?