Fragrant winter nights


Hyderabad is cold now, oh.. not like Delhi or Bhopal, or Bangalore for that matter. It is long awaited , wonderful weeks of less sun and more cool weather. We are all relishing it, not giving a thought to the hot March-August. And what better way to get filled with winter magic , when the atmosphere surrounding one’s house is scented by the Gods?

These past week, we are engulfed in a heady perfume in the area, from evening to early morning. All due to this lovely dear plant ,on the ground floor. This is not organic,and is nourished by itself.

The tree is near the compound wall adjoining my neighbour’s, and they always say that they get most of the fragrance. It has grown tall, to seek sunlight, and it is touching the electric lamp post. The other day , my milk delivery gentleman was commenting” Madam, there is this heady smell , when I turn near this locality, snakes may be nearby, be careful”. I had to assure him that for past 6 years , we are having these Raat ki Raani flowers, and no snake came nearer.

We are so pleased with this fragrant plant , as it fills our home . Our neighbours are also very pleased, some of them call and complement on the fragrance. Thank God for these pleasures, and thank you Night Queen.

The flower Kanakambaram has been held in high esteem in my mind since childhood. I remember my grandmother’s house, where they had an adjacent plot full of this flower plants. During Summer holidays, we had the joy of arranging those flowers in twos, to be tied by the aunts, and made in to a garland. They will decorate the flowers on to our pigtails, and it was a delight to wear them. Light on the head and at the same time a cheerful colour.

As one grew older, the idea of wearing flowers on the hair got sidelined, and then hair itself was cut and thinned out and what not. In life’s rushed pace, the distant memory of Kanakambaram fields, was always lurking.

When I started the Terrace garden, I collected a plant from Mangalore , to get the flower. But the plant died, and I gave up. To my surprise , our native Hyderabad variety of Kanakambaram sprang up all over the place in no time. they live for a few months in summer,give flowers scantily and then vanish. But this year, now in Winter , we are getting lot of flowers. I am not sure whether they bloom twice a year, but I am happy to have them. At last, reliving those days in distant village of Grandma!
So readers, here are those pretty flowers, along with my first Chamanthi.

About gardenerat60

As you guessed, I am a retired executive, looking for hobbies. Stumbled into gardening after reading blogs. Always wanted to use eco-friendly items in daily life. So, there was no heistation in deciding to put the vast terrace balcony to use for organic garden.
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10 Responses to Fragrant winter nights

  1. uppal says:

    Hi Pattu, Your descriptive piece about the fragrant ‘queen of the night’ is so evocative and the pictures enhanced the realistic touch of the excellent write up. We too have this sweet smelling bush at Kumarhatti our summer home. Yes, it has the unique quality of spreading its aroma around.
    In Patiala we’ve real cold and basking in the sun is a bonanza which we never miss. My newspaper reading sessions happen in my back yard in the company of the blessed sunshine and a mug of ginger tea.The same sun which we hated during summer is a precious commodity now. Our responses and reactions keep on varying and surprising us all the time.Many cheers for these gifts of our consciousness!!!

  2. Pattu says:

    Hi Uppalji. It is nice to receive quick and pleasant responses form you. Thanks.

  3. NixPages says:

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog, Melbourne Fresh Daily.
    You have some delightful photos here, and I can appreciate your comments about the fragrant “Queen of the Night” as we also have it in our garden and we enjoy it very much. You may like to join Floral Friday Fotos meme when you are posting flower pictures:
    http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

    Also for more pictures of Melbourne and my garden you can view my photoessay blog:
    http://nixpages.blogspot.com/2011/10/spring-flowers-in-our-garden.html

  4. kanak7 says:

    Hello Pattu, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. It’s nice to meet a blogger from Hyderabad.:) I can say the same about the sun. The weather is very pleasant and I love to sit in the sun and eat oranges.

    My Night Queen bloomed throughout summer and it’s taking a little rest now. I pruned the plant yesterday. What a pleasure to smell the fragrance, especially from a distance. When I get the smell I feel that this is one plant every home must have!

    Have a lovely Sunday!

  5. Pattu says:

    Hello Kanakji, welcome . In a small space we have , we are having that plant. and we too need to prune it. Sad , but needs o be done.
    Have a good day.

  6. lotusleaf says:

    My neighbour has a Night Queen which blooms throughout summer. It is slumbering now.Thanks for your visit.

  7. Krishna says:

    Hi
    your garden also nice…

    thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Photos are taken from my friends garden. He maintains garden very well. some plants are in terrace of his house.

  8. NixPages says:

    We also have this wonderfully fragrant shrub in our garden and the smell in the evenings is heavenly!

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