It’s a riot of color in many of the city’s popular public parks and gardens. February and March are simply heavenly months for nature lovers in Delhi. The people of the city used to attend many flower shows, at this time of the year, in the pre-pandemic era. These events have yet to resume on a large scale, but there is still a great opportunity to look around and soak up the beauty of the flowers this spring.
Sunder Nursery: A Sea of Poppies
Spring has descended on the flower beds at Sunder Nursery with red poppies, which have delicate petals and open blooms and are used as garden ornaments. There are also carnations such as sweet william, which are produced in a dense cluster and have a spicy clove scent. And there are many other seasonal, blooming varieties that visitors can admire. Anil Pal, one of the gardeners here, advises that there are “over 15 varieties of spring flowers” at this nursery, including cineraria, salvias, pansies, poppies, sweet alyssum and sweet williams.
Spotted while enjoying the sight of these flowers, near a body of water at the nursery, Mehak Wadhwa, a Delhi-based teacher, shares, “There is everything here, from lovely flowers and glowing greenery to the cool, calm breeze that flows and draws me to this place when I feel like spending precious time with my loved ones. Due to spring, there is an increase in the blooming of flowers.
Lodhi Garden: A perfect display of tulips and…cabbages?
Prepare to be amazed by Lodhi Gardens, as behind a circular display of tulips hide plants of violent white kale, also known as ornamental cabbage! Sushil, one of the gardeners who take care of these flowers in this picturesque place, tells us: “Ye gobhi ki tarah dikhta hai toh log aake puchte hain ki ye kaunsa paudha hai. Isko kha nahi sakte. Aut yeh Delhi mein zyada parks mein nahi dikhega. Humne white, yellow aur red tulips ka ek display bhi lagaya hai. Ye sab is the season ke phool hain, aur abhi bahut achhe lage hain toh log photo kheechne aa rahe hain.
Shiksha Goyal, a final year BA Economics (Hons) student at DU’s Kamala Nehru College and President of Green Beans Society, the college’s eco-friendly club, says: “For a nature enthusiast, South Delhi is a good place to to go for a walk. around at this time of year. I’m always on the lookout for new types of flowers for my own home garden, and I’m going to check out these parks where flowers are an attraction to inspire me!
Nehru Park: a maze of worries
Lush circles of marigolds with rays of petunias strewn around, provide an exciting sight to the flower park inside Nehru Park. Spotted walking on the lap of this scenic beauty, Kuijung Phanme, a student preparing for bank exams, said: “I am from Shillong (Meghalaya), and being in Delhi at this time of year reminds me greenery at home. The flower arrangements are very unique here. I especially love the bright pink petunias and yellow marigolds…It often gets tiring when you have to study continuously, so I came here and now feel recharged seeing and smelling those flowers. My friends and I even brought a bed sheet and some sandwiches to satiate our cravings when needed!”
Garden of the Five Senses: A Winter Illusion in Spring
Yet to be opened to the public, this park which is a favorite of residents is thriving with beautiful flora. One of the specialties of this park is the alyssum, planted in such a way that it looks like a patch of ice. Ajay Kaushik, Assistant Garden Manager, says: “Although the freezing winter is now behind us, the light white alyssum flower sits low to the ground and is clustered in such a way that it looks as if we are looking barafe it. The best part is that it is a natural mosquito repellent! In addition to these, one can see jafri – a type of desi or gainda marigold which has shades of dark orange and yellow in one flower, unlike the hybrids which are all yellow.
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