"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Braving The Monsoon


8 responses

  1. S. Etole

    Such a lovely bloom sharing its beauty in the midst of the rain. Somehow the song seems at cross purposes with the flower’s message.

    June 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

  2. This juxtaposition has me wondering. Nice flower. Nice song. But together?

    June 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

  3. Sorry, the association of image and song was patently too obscure!

    I always feel a bit saddened by these “wasted” monsoon blooms. So much effort is put into each flower’s production – only for them to be swept by heavy rains to the ground.

    Our roads are now covered with prematurely fallen blossoms, either floating on puddles or trodden into the mud..

    June 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  4. Tell me about it! My roses are rotting on the bush.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  5. Toffeeapple

    Do you know the name of the flower? It is very prettily coloured.

    June 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    • I think it’s a variety of Hibiscus – but I’m a far from reliable taxonomist!

      A wide selection of Hibiscus, Bougainvillea and Frangipane grow in abundance here, their blossoms cascading over boundary walls. This time of year, of course, they are looking rather battered..

      June 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm

  6. Toffeeapple

    Hmm, I had thought that but then recalled that Hibiscus has a long stamen prominent in the centre of the bloom; Bougainvillea are seldom other than purple/blue and Frangipane is yellow and white with pointed petals. Jacaranda doesn’t fit either…

    June 17, 2012 at 4:24 am

    • Yes, the missing stamen had also struck me. I took another look at the shrub this morning and I think the petals are stronger and more waxy than those of an hibiscus.

      The bougainvillea here come in almost every colour but this is certainly no bougainvillea!

      I will ask around..

      June 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

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