Coconut Ice and Heliconias

Come, quickly, before it gets too hot.  We’ll go to the Mal Pola – the plant market.  Those days it used to be held beneath a couple of massive trees in a dusty corner of Viharamahadevi Park, opposite the Art Gallery.  It’s been moved.

A Morning at the Flower Market

No matter – it’s in our neighbourhood now.  Its’ turreted canopy, like a series of sleek white jousting tents, has become a weekend drawcard at the new parklands around Waters Edge –  a tourist attraction more than a serious market, they say.  The wealthy matrons of Cinnamon Gardens don’t seem to find their way to the new parklands, and sales are down.

But come, meet P.


She’s been growing Anthuriums and bringing them into Colombo to sell at the weekly market for years.  It used to be a good living.  I should know, for years I frequented her stall – and every time, it seemed, was beguiled into buying a new and ever more exotic specimen.


But I digress – I promised coconut ice Bougainvillea, and Heliconias, and while we’re at it some Orchids and Tillandsia, those tiny air plants with spidery fuschia petals and purple trumpets – the world of flowers, nature’s answer to Marianne’s demand for a multicoloured month.

For my introductions this month I can hardly think of two blogs less alike – except in the excellence of their photography.

Do you know Geophilia?  A member of the Outdoor Bloggers Network, Ana dubs her site ‘where photography meets geography’, so you can imagine how I admire her pictures.  I’ll bet you will too.

And for something completely different.   Via Lucis is the blog of two people beguiled by the history and architecture of the Romanesque period – the world of a thousand years ago.  Their photographs of the Romanesque churches of France and Spain – both grand abbeys and tiny churches hidden away in forgotten villages – brings this world of stone to life.

40 thoughts on “Coconut Ice and Heliconias

  1. Those are such beautiful flowers! Nothing that exotic here, but my fingers are crossed we’ll soon see our own brilliant splashes of color against a backdrop of green.

  2. Wonderful entry for this month’s CBBH challenge, Meredith. I love your multi-coloured flowers and plants.

    I know neither of your two featured blogs this month – so it will be exciting to visit them both – thanks!

  3. Meredith, “beguiled by the history and architecture of the Romanesque period ” – how delightful. Thank you for such a kind introduction to our work at Via Lucis!

    • You’re very welcome, Dennis. I’ve been enjoying your blog for some time but it seems I never have enough time for a chat to let you know just how much, so our monthly introduce a new blogger commitment seemed like an ideal opportunity to share your work with others I know 🙂

  4. I’m sure if I lived there the plant sellers and I would have a happy relationship and they would do very well indeed! Just amazing 🙂

  5. nothing as tempting as a flower market … these are gorgeous! multicoloured indeed!! i can only imagine the aromas … thanks for your introductions too meredith, i shall pop over and have a look 🙂

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  7. Those blooms are incredible! I’ve had a few orchids over the years. If I lived in a tropical climate, I envision my house full of orchids of all kinds. Just to be able to go to a market such as this one and see them would be a thrill. Thanks for bringing us along.

    • Oh you’re very welcome, John! The orchids are one of my favourites too. Keep your eyes peeled for a magnificent specimen I came across flowering at Lunuganga a couple of weeks ago – you’ll be amazed.

  8. I would not be able to get passed the orchids selle. I probably woulfd have purchase more than I need. All of the flowers are beautiful and colorful. I am off to see the two bloggers you have posted. I am not familiar with them Thanks ….

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