Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Makara Sankranthi Festival - Treats from garden :)

Happy Makara Sankranthi, Pongal, Vishu, and Eid-e-milad-un-nabi!
 
"Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is a traditional. Makara Sankranti is a solar event making one of the few Indian festivals which fall on the same date in the Gregorian Calender every year: 14 January, with some exceptions when the festival is celebrated on 13 or 15 January." - excerpt from Wikipedia
 
We pray to the Sun and offer a variety of produce from our farms/fields. Cook and share dishes that include some or all of the produce. We also offer ellu-bella (sesame-jaggery) to everyone. In Kannada, we have a saying, "ellu bella thindu olle maathadi," translate to "eat mixture of sesame-jaggery, and speak good words."
 
Well, our garden has lots of treats to offer us. The Mango tree has flowers; hopefully, we get good harvest this year. The Neem tree has started shedding leaves; waiting for the tender leaves to shoot out. One of our banana plants has flower, and the banana inflorescence partially opened during the weekend. We we thrilled! This morning I tied the plant to a support so that the plant doesn't crack due to the weight of the fruit.
 
Banana flowers, Spinach flowers, Mango flowers, and Beens flowers
The vegetable plants are fine too. Different varieties of spinach plants look beautiful and healthy. The fenugreek plants are tender. The beans creeper has flower. The tomato plants have flowers and some plants have fruits. One of the brinjal plants has a beautiful fruit; I love the color!

Eggplant, Tomatoes
Hey, surprise! The Aloe Variegata plant, which is the mother plant, has a pretty flower. I had never before seen this flower. And the Bromeliad plants (Matchstick bromeliad - Aechmea Gamosepala) too have flowers this year; waited for more than year and a half for the plants to flower.


 
Matchstick Bromeliad
We are happy, happy people!

Have a great weekend ahead :)

Regards,
Asha

2 comments:

  1. Hi Happy Makar sankranti your banana blooms are too magnificent...and that seems to be cherry tomatoes are they...I have never seen aloe blooming..thats good ....matchstick plant is new for me.

    p.s. Do visit my blog too.

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    1. Thanks, Arun. You have a beautiful garden and blog!

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