Friday, 30 November 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Another award for me?!!!
How is that possible?
That's how surprised I was when a dear friend, Nadezda (click to view her blog),
Broke the news to me one beautiful morning.

So what is this Liebster Blog Award anyway?
I did a bit of research and here is what it is :-
"Liebster" is a German word which means "favorite"
Hence, the award is literally a "favorite blog award".
And it is awarded to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

According to Nadezda, the rules say that I must answer 5 question about myself and pass on the award to 4 other bloggers.

Here are my questions and answers:
  1. The most influential person in my life? My mom.
  2. My breakfast drink? Tea.
  3. Favorite ice-cream? Pistachio coated with chocolate and topped with nuts.
  4. Love of my life? My husband.
  5. Where do I prefer watching movies? At home.

Now comes the difficult part.
Passing the award to others.
Some bloggers whom I have loved reading their stories very much are quite reluctant to receive any award. 
Here's my best list and I hope they will receive this award warmly :)

The nominees for the award are:
  1. Rosemary Danielis of Tales From My Garden.
  2. Autumn Belle of My Nice Flowers
  3. Lisa of Creating Beauty
  4. Jorunn of A Wondering Star

Have a wonderful weekend :)

Monday, 26 November 2012

"Say goodbye..." on Medinilla Astronioides

This is it.
Time to say goodbye.
The show is ending...

These are the last of it.
Notice the pearly petals glimmering under the sun?
It wasn't there before..

Now that it is ending,
Even the pearly pink buds too,
Were showing off their glimmers..
Under the shimmering sun.

All that remains..
The 'skeleton',
Which held the magnificent beauty that was once there.

What a graceful way of closing its curtain..

Sunday, 18 November 2012

"I'm crazy for you.." on Medinilla Astronioides

The craze continues..
For my friends who are loving this flower as much as I do.
This is for you.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Ruellia Brittoniana

"Ruellia Brittoniana"...
What a lovely name.
And why not..
It is after all, a lovely flower..

Commonly known as the Dwarf Mexican Petunia.

This plant is known to tolerate heat and drought.
Yet it bears bigger and brighter blooms under shade.

Comes in three colors viz. white, pink and purple.
I was told that white color is rare around here.
I guess I was lucky to get hold of it :)

The flower buds which comes in a bunch are attached to the stem.
And at that same point grows the thin and long sword-shaped leaves.

This is one of the most fragile flower I've known.
Its ultra thin and soft petals feel like Kleenex rolls.

I love to see these flowers competing with each other just to be seen!
With so many buds bunched together there,
It is fun to see which one gets the first peek and attention :)

Love the stem!
It reminds me so much of a palm tree trunk...
In a miniature form.
Those marks are actually the part of the leaves and flowers which have withered and fell. is the lovely part.
From pure white the flower gradually changes to pale peach color as it withers..
All in one day!

Before it entangles itself..
Such magnificence from a tiny plant!

This plant is an evergreen perennial.
And with so many buds in various blooming stage,
It gives a succession of new blooms everyday :)

Before I sign off, my thoughts are with my friends living in Italy right now.
Especially those who are affected with the floods yesterday.
We are experiencing peculiar weather everywhere.
Stay safe.. 

Saturday, 3 November 2012

The Continuation..Medinilla Astronioides

If this is your first visit to my blog, you may want to see this before you continue reading this post.
As for the rest who have been waiting anxiously... lets move on!
Picking up from where we left, the 'Christmas tree' continued growing...

The pink color intensifies with each passing day and red ants were clambering all over the buds.
Could it be sweet?
Maybe not...
I know red ants have 'unthinkable' and unimaginable palate,
They eat anything including clothes!

Oooppss..the first peek!
Can you see it?
Only one bud..lazily opening up its petals.

Suddenly the next day...walla!
5 buds bloomed!!..
Much to my surprise!
And what a lovely surprise it was...

Just look at it...
Those tiny fingers or stamen in purple and yellow is spectacular!


The peculiar thing is that, there's only one bloom from the cluster of buds.
Obviously, the rest look immature and not the right time to bloom, yet.

This is how the blooms look like today..
After patiently waiting and observing for about a week..
Just one bloom from each cluster.

This may sound funny but..
Could it be the buds refused to open just because they are being watched? LOL!
I was told that plants have 'feelings'..
Or maybe this is the way Mother Nature wants them to be :)

Either way, this is a unique sets of flowers.
And I am intrigued and excited with each blooming stage.
And you know what?
I was told the flower looks more fascinating when they are dying...
Really? We shall see about that :)

Have a great weekend everyone!
And thanks for being together with me in this 'journey' :)

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Beautiful Blogger Award for me...

Never expect to get this at all..
A lovely surprise from a lovely blogger friend, Rosemary Danielis
(Please click here to see the link to this award)

First ever award to receive since blogging, thanks Rosemary!

To accept this award, I must mention 7 things about myself and nominate 15 other ;)

About me :-
  1. I love blogging, simply because this is a fantastic way to make new friends. And I intend to make as many friends as possible all over the world :)
  2. I love traveling, cooking, sewing and baking. I'm thinking of doughnut at the moment, those braided ones with fine icing sugar dusted on top (^-^)
  3. My all-time favorite movies are "Eat, Pray, Love".. "It's Complicated".. "Pride and Prejudice" and "Holiday"..hence why I love Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Keira Knightley, Steve Martin and Jack Black.
  4. Love all colors as that what makes this Earth a lovely and beautiful place to live in. 
  5. I'm a cat lover. Once I took a photo with a tiger cub and guess what? After photography session, he trailed me from the back and refused to go back into the cage!! Much to everyone's horror!!  
  6. My favorite day is Saturday because it's family day!! We will gather at my sister's house and catch up with each other, not to mention gossips, good food as my sister is Master Chef herself and good time.
  7. How I wish I have a big house surrounded by beautiful gardens, both indoor and outdoor, and filled with laughter and musings from my ever growing family :)

And the nominees are :
  1. Rosemary Tales From My Garden
  2. Autumn Belle My Nice Flowers
  3. Autumn Belle My Nice Garden
  4. Tanya Lovely Greens
  5. Karen Pieces of Contentment
  6. Cinzia Pistacchioenocciola 
  7. Lrong Potagery
  8. Rosie Gan My Garden Haven
  9. Titti Hwit Blogg
  10. Lisa Creating Beauty Blog
  11. Marit Frumarit
  12. Nela Serramarina
  13. Victor Memori ay Fotos
  14. Federica La Melodie de la vie
  15. Wani Wanithevan Rose Garden

Is this trick or treat?
Go figure yourself :)

Happy Halloween !!!