Lalbagh Flower Show – Aug, 2017

It’s hardly been three hours since I came back from the flower show and I just can’t wait to share the photographs with my fellow bloggers!

The theme for Independence day flower show, 2017 was Kuvempu’s house. Kuvempu was one of the most famous Kannada Novelist and Poet. (Kannada is the state language of Karnataka) I have been to Kuvempu’s house in Kuppali. I have also visited the Kavishaala. I am will be posting about it sometime soon. I had plans to write a post on Kuppali but I was down with an eye infection so I was not able to.

So, moving on, I visited the flower show today (11th August, 2017). The flower show started from 4th of August and would end on 15th (Independence Day). The first Floral Decor I saw was a peacock. This peacock decor has become a regular affair from past three flower shows. The last two were peacocks adorned with orchids. This year, the peacocks were adorned with Begonia and other flowers.

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I wanted to click a photograph of this in a different angle but I was surrounded by lot of selfie lovers! I really do not understand selfies! I had to wait for people to finish with their posing and pouting and making duck faces!!! I finally lost my patience; I am sure I photobombed a lot of selfies. 😛

Moving on, Begonia hearts are also another regular affair from the flower show of Jan, 2017.

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However, this time, each heart was made of different colored Begonias. In the last flower show, all hearts were made of red begonias.

The next two photographs are also what I call a “regular affair”. I call these flower-falls.

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Elephant-sized cactus! Or, should I just call it obese? 😉

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Creative cactus! I really love these colored thingies! They look so bright and colorful!!

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The next photo has a funny story attached to it.

I was clicking photographs when a mother-daughter stood right next to me. The mother wanted to know if the thorns on these cactus are sharp enough. So the darling daughter touched the cactus and “ouch! it hurts!” . And then, the mother too has her share of “ouch! it hurts”!!!!

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They might look thorn-o-cious but they are not that bad!

The replica of Kuvempu’s house was made with red and white flowers. And most of the white flowers had wilted. Though they spray mists of water every five minutes or so ( the white ‘fog’ that you will see in a couple of photographs below), with a lot of crowd and heat, the flowers looked pale and brownish. So, I did not click a lot of pictures of the main theme.

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Apart from a replica of Kuvempu’s house, a replica of Kavishaila was on display. But these were not made of flowers. Kavishaila is a structure made of stones.

The ones here were not made of stones!

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There were loads and loads of beautiful flowers this time. I will be posting them in my 365 days of flower photography posts.

But that doesn’t mean I am not going to post any, now!!

Lovely Dahlias.

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Coxcombs

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I think these are impatiens. Correct me if I am wrong.

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Finally, some flowers and the lovely crowd that I had to push through so that I can click better photographs 😛

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Finally, special thanks to Raj for photography tips. I was switching between manual mode and guide mode for all the above photographs.

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Lalbagh Flower Show, August 2016

Lalbagh, meaning red garden, is a botanical garden located in Bangalore. It has the famous glass house which hosts the biannual flower show (Independence day. 15th August  and Republic day, 26th January)

The flower show of August 2016 was a bit different from the previous ones as they introduced something known as the mist effect. Every now and then, a spray of water on all the flowers in the glass house. It was quite cool and fragrant (smelled of fresh roses) and the sprayers were located just about anywhere! A couple of times, these sprays landed directly on my camera lens! But, this was one of the best flower shows that I have ever visited.

Let me take you on a photo walk :

 

As you start walking towards the glass house, you will find a huge peacock…

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and.. Fire!!!! No, nothing’s on fire, I happened to see few red flowers…

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Now we are inside the glass house.

This one is the main attraction  The Indian Parliament. Note the floral decoration; the whole structure is made of roses – orange, red and white.

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Let’s have a closer look at it …

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And then comes the witch’s house from Hansel and Gretel… except that this one is made up of roses and begonias.

(This one was actually called a green house, but I felt it looks a lot like a house from Hansel and Gretel)

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A windflowermill

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A closer look at it…

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Let’s talk a walk around to check out the other flowers that are on display.

 

Mystical, magical, exotic Orchids

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Some catchy colors of chrysanthemums

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Some effort was needed to click this one. It was getting a lot of attention from few selfie lovers… I had to wade through the crowd to get a view of this one.

Bright, big, colorful Dahlias. (Dahlia, are you listening? 😉  )

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And, some zinnias in the color of Indian National Flag – saffron,white and green :

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Landscape and Rooftop garden, Lalbagh

Lalbagh Botanical gardens is one of the most popular tourist destination in the city of Bengaluru. Apart from being known for its Glass House and flower shows, Lalbagh also hosts a variety of other exhibitions like fruit and wine mela and Ikebana to name a few.

In Oct. 2015, Lalbagh hosted an exhibition show casing around 20 different ideas for landscape and rooftop gardening. Ornamental plants and flowering plants such as tiger lilies and azaleas were the main attraction in this exhibition.

 

 

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do you wish to book a table for four?

 

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or do you prefer something serene?

 

 

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pink is the new green!

 

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there were few elephants

 

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along with some tiger lilies

 

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and then came the azaleas

 

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caught a couple of lilies lurking around a lamp post

 

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these herons created a quiet ruckus

 

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found a few pots hanging in the air

 

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and then, there were more…

 

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finally some silent spectators trying to make a difference

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lalbagh Flower Show Jan 2017

Lalbagh or Lalbagh botanical gardens, meaning The Red Garden in English, is a well-known botanical garden in Bengaluru, India. Known as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bengaluru, Lalbagh houses a large number of tropical plants, a lake, few species of birds and a Glass house where the biannual flower show on Republic day (26th Jan.) and Independence day (15th Aug.) is hosted.

 

Every flower show has a special theme, usually famous buildings/landmarks in India. A selection committee decides the theme every year. This year, the options available to the committee were The stone chariot, Hampi and Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur. Gol Gumbaz, the mausoleum of Mohammad Adil Shah, Bijapur was selected as the theme.

 

The main theme is usually housed in the Glass house. Along with the main theme, many varieties of flowers like coxcombs, chrysanthemums, begonias and other ornamental plants are also placed in the Glass house.

 

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The work for this floral decor starts a week or two before the actual flower show. Many varieties of roses from across various parts of Karnataka are brought to the botanical gardens and arranged. Along with roses, chrysanthemums, begonias, gerberas are few of the flowers that forms a part of this decor.

 

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The other attractions in the flower show this year included the Cymbidium Orchids from Sikkim. Also know as boat orchids, one could see a wide range of colors – pink, yellow, white and lime-green to name a few.

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cymbidium orchids

 

Lalbagh was definitely in full bloom for the 205th flower show! Few of the other attractions on the way to Glass house :

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A floral decor made of begonias

 

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a floral peacock

 

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chrysanthemums

“Gimme the flower power” butterflies…

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chrysanthemums

 

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A closer look at one of the cymbidium orchids