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Friday, December 23, 2011

Heliconia Rostrata

We derive a great deal of pleasure in watching our kids grow. The Wandering Mind has discovered a sculpture at Badami  depicting the four stages of childhood – first when the child is sleeping all the time, then, he begins crawling, then he stands, and finally, he does all sorts of gymnastics!. A similar feeling is also associated with our pets. The plants in our gardens are no exception.

Some six years back I brought few plants of Heliconia Rostrata (Lobster Claw) as they were not obtainable at this place. After two years they started flowering and I was thrilled to see them grow. In the recent years because of over growth of a Shivali/Night Jasmine tree I had to remove all other smaller plants beneath and transplant them in earthen pots. I specially bought a wider cement pot (24”) for planting Heliconias. They are there and new shoots are coming up but they refused to bear flowers during the last few years.

For the five years the monsoon was erratic and the rains were inadequate. Fortunately this year it was not so. We had very good rains and my Heliconias probably sensed this and happily started bearing flowers.

I tried to capture their stage wise growth  and they are here:

This last one seems to be the end of it.


  1. Beautiful pictures, its always nice to see a new bud in our garden. :)

  2. आह!
    मैं तो तस्वीरें देख-देख कर आनंदित हो रहा हूं, आनंद उठा रहा हूं।

  3. The feel of seeing something planted by our own hands, grow is inexplicable... Lovely pictures, good to see them happy..

  4. Very beautiful, bright and gorgeous flower. Lovely post.
    Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
    You are welcome at my new posts-

  5. PNS Sir
    Magnificent & Marvelous, Breathtakingly Beautiful,Glorious & Gorgeous,Amazing & Astonishing,Sensational & Splendid....... I am running out of adjectives.
    Welcome to Coimbatore.If you are still here we can meet up. My mobile No:8870711177.
    Warm Regds Ram

  6. lovely pictures . how many days did it all take


  7. Nothing like the joy from first bloom. Great pictures.

  8. @Bikramjit:
    Thank you Bikram. It was around 10 days in all.

  9. how beautiful, they look too exotic to survive here in the north east of England.

  10. Beautiful...love that colour...

  11. They are breathtaking ! Capturing them at different stages is brilliant .

  12. Hi P.N.! Wonderful. There are lots of them in the Island where I was born: Madeira...

    Blogtrotter Two is waiting for you! Enjoy and have a great holiday season!

  13. Oh! It's beautiful.
    Nice presentation.
    Really heart stealing.


    Please find time to visit my blog.

  14. Lovely shots! Heliconias are my favourite plants. Unfortunatelly Portugal is too dry in summer and too cold in winter for them to thrive here. Wish you all the best for 2012.

  15. You have captured beauty growing...much like our children

  16. Fabulous photos. More than that you are a fantastic gardener.Your patience has finally paid after a long waity.Marvelous.

    Wish you and your family a fantastic New Year.

  17. Such a lovely plant. And it adds so much colour to the surroundings and gladdens the heart. Your green thumb has really been rewarded

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  19. Beautiful and informative post--thanks. आपको एवं आपके परिवार को नए वर्ष की ढेरों शुभकामनाएं !

  20. Welcome to my blog and many thanks for so kind comment!
    Your photos and reportag are so interesting!!!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year, with a good health and happiness, to all family!
    Best regards from Greece

  21. i first saw this plant in bali, the resort we were staying at..and i just loved it tropical beauty....

    you have taken great measures to grow this baby!!