A Bunch of Flowers from the Hills of Sikkim

blue snowball bush, sikkim

Flowers are perhaps the most beautiful creation of Nature. And you’ll find them aplenty on the hills. During our stay in Pipalay, a beautiful village in Namchi, South Sikkim I did try my hand on nature photography. There were wide variety of flowers and foliages. Some were known to me and some unknown. Some dazzled in vibrant colors while some were too small to go unnoticed, but when they blossom you can’t ignore their collective beauty.

There was this red Zinnia in the garden of Shepherd’s Vacation Home (the cottage where we stayed during our short trip). I zoomed in with my Sony Cybershot DSC-W190.

zinnia, red flower

I found this tiny crimson beauty in the bush behind the cottage and the yellow one too…

small flower

cassia, senna, sikkim

The pink and blue ones bloomed at the feet of the Holy Statue of Samdruptse in South Sikkim. Can you tell me their names?

pink flower, Namchi, Sikkim

snowball bush, sikkim

The monastery at Samdruptse has manicured gardens where purple and white cosmos were bountiful. They looked like small butterflies amidst the green blades of grass.

cosmos flower

This ‘unidentified’ pink blossom along the garden fence also caught my eyes. And this time I badly felt the need of a DSLR

pink flowers, Sikkim

On our way back to Pipalay (from Samdruptse) we stopped by Namchi Rock Garden that offers mind-blowing view of the mountains all around. Bonus was a variety of foliage that adorned the small garden. I thought this magenta one is worth sharing.

foliage, Namchi, Sikkim

You might also love the following combination of red and green sprouted along the stairways of the Rock Garden.

green and red flower, Sikkim

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14 thoughts on “A Bunch of Flowers from the Hills of Sikkim

  1. Primarily I know about the plants that are native to central Texas. When it comes to cultivated flowers and garden flowers, I know very little. The only reason I was able to suggest senna is because of the two species that grow here. Your blue flowers look like some sort of “snowball bush,” a term I’ve heard people use, though which species that may refer to (probably several) I’m afraid I don’t know.

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    1. hey Steve.. u r just amazing! … searched with “snowball bush” and the image results are pretty close… it can be a variety of that type ..thanks 🙂 updated the flower image descriptions

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      1. It’s usually the case that a genus has multiple species within it, each differing in one or more more respects from the others. Chances are you have a different species from the one you found on flickr. Notice what that page says: “Senna… is a large genus of around 250 species….” Perhaps you can consult with a local botanist or field guide to determine the species that grow in your area.

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  2. Moon, I like your creativity. You have taken snaps of those flowers which are equivalent to rose, Lilly,etc. ( the popular and costly ones), but have always been neglected.

    We the travellers often look for rose tree, but never pay attention to such small beauties.

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  3. The picture of the Red Zinnia sets the tone for the rest of the post. Off topic, Did you visit the temple of Baba Harbhajan, known to be “the ghost who helps people in distress”?

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    1. The hotel owner, who planned out sightseeing tour didn’t tell us about it! We were so happy and cheerful…perhaps… he didn’t feel the need of it 😉 …lol

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