This thread documents two things:
1. A few pictures and notes of botanical interest to this Colorado Gardener.
2. Thoughts and shots of the acquaintance of very distant, yet close, DGers.
Some of you may know me, some of us may have met in passing in Denver at TrishaG's house; and some of us have yet to meet.
I haunt the forum occasionally, but especially leading up to our biannual meetings.
I wanted to share with you the beautiful power of gardens, like 'Dave's Garden,' and moreover the internal common value of nurturing green things, to faciliate connexions. I recently returned from a trip through Southern India. An extraordinarily diverse place, it was a month of just about everything and anything that could happen. It may be easier to find worlds NOT to describe Soutern India, like "boring."
The gem of the trip was meeting a fellow Dave's Garden Member, Dinu. He and I had had a very brief correspondence regarding an orchid ID a year or so ago by e-mail. Upon realising I would be in Mysore, I was elated to have the chance to meet a fellow DGer, which I have done many times, but not on the exact other side of the Northen Hemisphere.
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Colorado & India. "ineedacupoftea" meets "dinu"
This thread documents two things:
I remembered the lighthearted mood of the posts by Dinu I had read on DG over the years, and just had to meet this fellow.
Dinakar is a native Mysorean, so he was able to share with me all sorts of fine details to enrich my understanding of the place tenfold. It was also incredibly nice to chat plants (you know, that plant nut thing we gardeners do) with a like soul.
The above picture is his workplace. thoughtfully designed and surrounded by some lovely formal gardens.
Dinu and Kenton (myself). Photos courtesy of him. (We stand side-by-side with the aid of computer effects...)
Beware a thread full of photos. I've invited Dinu to comment and share as well.
Just an aside: India is good at food. It may be the finest thing the country has to offer. It's that good, and all the time. Who wouldn't be at home where teastalls are all over every street, busstand, and train platform? Anyhow...
Mysore Palace clad in its ephemeral light display.
A quick water shot of the Harbour in Bombay. Note the big hotel peeking into the left periphery. This is the Taj Majal Hotel that was bombed by terrorists last year. (rather, November 2008). I ate in a cafe where, as a token of resilience, they proudly left the bullet holes in the concrete walls. Indians are a peacful lot, and I fancy that hate is an imported commodity.
Oh yes, and the gate of India dominating the view.
After that bike somehow managed to find itself in a canal and didn't work as well as it did before (which at best was near-fatal), I rented another and biked out into the country to stumble into the Parsekar Organic Farm, supplier of Organic Spices and Fruit. Coconuts, Bananas, Betelnuts, Chickoo, Papaya, Nutmeg, Clove, Love Apple, Pineapple, Ginger, Turmeric, Tomatoes, tulsi, and black pepper in quantity.
Here stands Mr. Parsekar next to a mound of fine termites working as on-site compost experts.
The hills are often foggy.
For fun, notice the non-native Scotch Broom (which we Xeriscape folk like) at the bottom of a proper dweller of the area: the largest species of Rhodie in the world: R. arboreum, which also grows in Nepal (where it is rightfully the state flower)
This is specifically Rhododendron arboreum Sm. subsp. nilagiricum (Zenker) Tagg
This is where I hope he'll post some pictures of his own later. Realise it is the dry season in the savannah of Karnataka, and spring is thier best flower season, too. I get a kick out of resting and dormant gardens more than most. But for contrast, perhaps Dinu will post a few shots of his garden in its peak season.
What a fun trip and how wonderful that DG brought gardeners from all the way across the world together. Thank you for sharing.
Nice Kenton. Glad you made and enjoyed your trip. Thanks for posting all the pictures.
It is good to see your face Kenton. And Dinu you too! It is so interesting to see India up close. Thanks Kenton.
the pictures are all extraordinary, but I really like the last one.
Glad you made it back in one piece!
OH my! Those are wonderful pics, Kenton. So fabulously exotic!
Thanks for posting, Kenton - nice pics & it looks like you had a great trip!