Wild Flowers of Delhi

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Delhi is world’s 10th most polluted city. This is what a recent report on World Environment Day said. But for people like me, Delhi is where home is. It is where we live, breathe, eat, pray, love, dance, sing, and do all those things that make us human. So it’s a special city and one special thing, among lots of other things, is its poetic rhythm of 4 distinct seasons, spring, summer, rainy season, and winter. Each season has a distinct color, aroma, and flavor and brings along with it its own kind of flowers. Some flowers bloom all through the year in all seasons and some stay in only certain seasons.

Recently, around March 2015, I took upon myself the task of clicking and recording photos of flowers that are commonly found all over the city. I thought it would be a good way of removing negativity from my life, of taking my mind off all those terrible things about Delhi that one finds in newspapers daily, crime, corruption, water shortage, inflation, new taxes, AAP versus BJP squabbles, etc, etc. Here are some close-up shots of flowers that I came across while going about from home to office and back. Just take a look. They look so mesmerizing beautiful!

I am still unaware of names of most of these flowers. That’s why I have mentioned only some of them. Do let me know if you do.

March 2015 (Spring)

  1. Hibiscus (in my balcony)

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5. Rose Flower…

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13. a.

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13. b.The ubiquitous Bougainvillea…

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13. c.

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13. d.

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13e.

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13. f.

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13. g.

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13. h.

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14. a.

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14. b.

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14. c.

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14. d.

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16. a. See Aloe Vera below (very sturdy plant, see how it continues to flower even when uprooted from the pot)

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16. b.

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16. c.

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18. Palash flowers – Lajwanti Garden – Janakpuri – Delhi

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April 15: Summer is here and weather is getting warmer.

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20. Phlox – my terrace at home – Delhi

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21. a. Sunflower

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21. b.

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22. The pink flowers below are very commonly found at roadsides in Delhi.

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23. a.

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23. b.

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23. c.

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50. Orange blossoms…(Below)

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4 thoughts on “Wild Flowers of Delhi”

  1. Hi Jasbir,

    I am from AG-1 Vikaspuri and I currently live in Michigan USA. I was searching for AG-1 block’s pix and landed on your blog to delightfully see some beautiful pix of the central park with flowers. I used to play cricket there from 1986 to 1991 and occasionally from 1998 to 2003 !

    Thanks for posting these pix, means a lot for me as I was feeling sooo nostalgic.

    Thanks !
    Rajiv

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    1. Thank you, Rajiv, for your kind words and appreciation…Also read my latest post ‘Broken Gods.’ It’s about a little boy Golu whom I met outside Hanuman temple near AG-1, Vikaspuri. Do you remember that small temple near the mother dairy booth? That’s the temple I am talking about.

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