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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Plant in the Quiz (continued from a previous post)

This post is a continuation of Indra Anandasabapathy's recent "Floral Quiz". For easy reference and to refresh your mind, I have reproduced the picture here. Viewers were invited to identify the flower.


This is a close up of the plant in the quiz

"Floral Quiz" flower - lilac color


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  2. Indra, Are the crimson and the lilac flowers two shades of the same? They look like Rhododendrons.

    1. No, they are two different plants. The lighting conditions were not the best at the angle the pictures were taken.

  3. Out with it, Indra.
    You are keeping us in 'suspense' suspended in mid air by our suspenders!!!
    Sadist you, its painful......

    1. Hope they are strong enough.


  4. CREPE MYRTLE. ( lagerstremia). Supposed to be a native of the Indian sub-continent, but I have seen only about three in Colombo. Comes in white, pink, red, raspberry red, purple,lilac. There may be other colors which i have not seen. It is widely seen in many towns in the south of the US & has slowly over the last 10-15 years made its way up to the north- even NY,and is hardy through the winter .
    Quite pretty in bloom.

  5. Never seen, never known, sorry that's me.

  6. Indra -Thanks for the long awaited answer to your quiz-
    Could never have guessed this-thanks for the "enlightenment"-
    Gorgeous flowers to have in Winter- I dont think I have seen a Myrtle before-or may be seen and not recognized as such- Have only read and heard about it in poetry!
    Two of my favourites-
    1. By Khalil Gibran-
    "Cover me with soft earth,and let each handful be mixed with seeds of Jasmin,lilies,and myrtle: and when they grow above me and thrive on my body's element, they will breathe the fragrance of my heart into space."
    2. By Lord Byron-
    "Oh,Talk not to me of a name great in story;
    The days of our youth are the days of our glory;
    And the Myrtle and Ivy of sweet two-and-twenty
    Are worth all your laurels,though ever so plenty."

    Ofcourse as everyone knows-poems on flowers are myriad!
    Lastly-(though not related to a Mytle) -a poem from my chilhood-
    "Trees-by American poet Joyce Kilmer-
    I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.
    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
    A tree that may in summer wear
    A nest of Robins in her hair;
    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.
    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree."

    Indra-You have one more -the lilac blossoms to name for us

    1. Rohini, that's wonderful! I mean the poem/song 'Trees' which we have all sung at school. It has remained ever so green in my memory. Please listen to Paul Robeson the African American singer giving one of his best performances.
      Thanks a lot for reminding us about it.
      from: Zita

  7. I was telling a lie when I said that I have not seen a MYRTLE.
    She was a Specialist colleague of mine @ Glasgow. She was one of the most wonderful persons one would have the previledge to have met. She also became a good friend & teacher to my daughter, Boolang when she was at Med. School there.
    This Myrtle was of West Indian descent and as such the only 'BLACK Myrtle' one would ever see!!!!.

  8. The lilac flowered tree is also a myrtle. Sorry at that height could not do a better job with the picture. It is currently in bloom along with the raspberry red tree.

  9. Thanks for the education, Indra and thank you Rohini for the poetry! I like quizzes, but I am sorry I got in on the action a bit too late. But, I don't think I would have got the answer anyway.