A Sunday morning stroll through Lal Bagh threw up some surprises. This is nothing new. Every visit to Lal Bagh has thrown up surprises. The Tabebuia rosea are in full bloom in quite a few parts of the city. I had timed my visit expecting to catch a glimpse of these wonderful trees in the city’s most famous green space. To my disappointment barring one tree which had just begun flowering, there were hardly any.
In what looked like a dry leaf dump outside the Glass House I noticed this foundation stone. Wow! Wonder what the gardens would have looked like in 1935.
The flowers of the the Pachira saithifolia looked spectacular. The central part of the flower bears a strong resemblance to the flowers of the Rain Tree.
Pigeons were having a good time hopping on the roof of the bandstand.
Yellow blossoms stood out on this arch.
And this is a 200-year-old mammoth White Silk Cotton Tree. Notice the buttressed roots. The tree has pinnate leaves with five to seven leaflets. The wood of the tree being very light is used to make match splints and packing cases.
As I walked on I noticed a tree with fruits that looked like mangoes. I learnt from the info pasted on the trunk that it is a baelfruit tree. On Googling I learnt that the Bael or Bilwa fruit tree has immense health benefits. Check this out.
My heart stopped when I came across this information plate. A tree called the bullock-heart tree! On Googling I was in for a pleasant surprise. This is another name for the custard-apple tree. The tree derives its name from the heart-like shape of the custard apple.
The Red Silk Cotton tree was in full bloom and a pretty sight!
The Canon-ball tree was beginning to bloom.
I sighted a lot of cormorants at the Lal Bagh lake.
As I walked away from Lal Bagh lake, I noticed a row of pretty purple blooms. The ground below was carpeted with purple flowers. I learnt that this was the Blue Gulmohr. The trees don’t resemble the famous Gulmohr trees that we all know of. The Blue Gulmohr does not have buttressed roots. Also the flowers were purple (unless I am colour-blind). Wonder why the name Blue Gulmohr?
And lo! What do I see here! An extremely beautiful piece of architecture. This is the Pigeon House that was constructed in 1893. More on this here:
As I walked on I noticed this old lady picking up fallen flowers. Now that’s another reason to visit Lal Bagh.
People also come here for endless chats.
Before I left I took one last picture, that of the hillock which has given so much character to the famous botanical garden.