The Boga-Joba Juxtaposition


Boga = White, Joba = Hibiscus Flower
 
My Mom is passionate about gardening. A little too passionate I would say. She has turned our front yard into a mini botanical garden. The only piece missing is the Tall Redwood, else if possible, she would have planted that as well. Strolling in the garden is sometimes dangerous as all kind of Chameleons, Ants and snakes have now taken permanent residency in my Moms mini rainforest.


The hospital near my home has an exquisite range of seasonal flowers. I used to wonder if my mom was deliberately falling sick, just  to go there and admire the collection. Or if lucky, coax one of the nurses to give her a stem, which she would gleefully plant in the garden.


She loves flowers and wants every species in her yard. So when mistakenly I showed her a picture White Hibiscus (Joba), she was hell bent on getting one. Although white hibiscus is quite common in Bangalore, it isnt the case in Jorhat.




Every day, my mom would badger me on phone, reminding me to get a Boga Joba phool the next time I go home. She is quite an expert in perfectly breaking off stems in the right places, I am worse than a novice. 


There was a long row of white Hibiscus in my office garden. Often I had tried to get a branch, but either the branch wont break or the watchful eyes of gardener would scare me away. I mean, imagine me running with a white hibiscus plant in my hand while the gardener is chasing me with a hose pipe. 


Even after a lot of trial and error  (and scratches and sore thumb) I couldnt get one and till this date Mom doesnt falter to emotionally blackmail me.


25 comments:

  1. That's too bad. I have hibiscus in my yard but they aren't doing very well. No white ones. I think they are in too shady a spot. Last year we had more than usual, then a big tree limb fell on the batch and broke some. We will see what we get this summer.

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  2. hehe :D well der r white hibiscus in our garden.. may be i can help u ;) nope i din plant them. its my granny who does all the gardening! she s jst lyk ur mom n she alwys cum back with a stem or two wen she visits anyone :-D

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  3. Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo of white hibiscus.

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  4. I was trying to visualise you running with a white hibiscus and the gardner following. Oh dear, I am still smiling!

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  5. I can just see you being chased by an irate gardener as you tried to steal away a hibiscus! LOL ♥

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  6. You could have posted a picture of your mom's garden at Jorhat.Like you I am afraid of creeping and crawling creatures and would like potted flower plants or where planted on ground the bottom portion swept clean frequently.Why do you want to filch a boga-joba from office garden when you can get it in a nursery?

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  7. well it has a bright side and a wrong one... If the gardener chases you u can always wave the white hibiscus for peace but.....he might not agree :D

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  8. Hibiscus brings so many memories for me...My grandmother, my mother, my home.. Thanks :)

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  9. Wow!!! That reminds me of how my mom asks me to pluck flowers from my college campus and come because that particular flower is there only :P :D

    ~S(t)ri
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  10. I imagined that gardener running behind u with hose pipe :) coming back here via A to Z after long and my mom is mad abt gardening too not this much though but I love ur mom's passion
    Good luck

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  11. This post made me miss my white hibiscus plant even more :( I had one that was doing so well till 2 years ago, but is now almost gone...every morning I check on it, nothing, nada, no activity happening in the few branches that remain. Maybe I need your Mom's blessings, Rajlakshmi! By the way, we too get snakes sometimes in our tiny garden, which is probably not as lush as your mom's...twice they have also come inside the home :) But hey, just because of that I am not removing those nice bamboo trees which everyone says attract snakes!

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal


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  12. next time pick one from nursery .... poor mom yea :)

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  13. hahahahaha! I could imagine you running with the hibiscus and the gardener running behind you with a hose pipe! Good image there :P

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  14. The white hibiscus looks so beautiful and elegant! I am visualizing the gardener running behind you with the hose pipe! LOL :D

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  15. Absolutely love this post bout' gardening, Rajlakshmi. Gardening is a passion and one can imagine the poor gardener running after you..hehe

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  16. I am trying to plant some kitchen garden to grow vegetables, greens, etc. So far only one weed has grown in that pot! :)

    Destination Infinity
    PS: Go buy a hibiscus sapling from a nursery, no?

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  17. And then we have some moms who tell us dare you pluck flowers!

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  18. Oh I am just picturing you running with a hibiscus in hand, with a gardener chasing you :D Lovely pics, Raj!


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  19. Awww....do try and get one White Hibiscus for your Mom no? I love her passion!! N also share that mini rainforest's picture! :)

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  20. My mother was an avid gardener in her day too, but that wasn't passed on to me, I'm sorry to say. I can kill anything! LOL Hibiscus are so beautiful. Hope you manage to get your branch.

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  21. I have a beautiful hibiscus with my favorite color flower -- purple. I am a terrible gardener so am so pleased to have this turn out so well. Right now, it has 6 blossoms ready to pop.

    Carol @ Battered Hope

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  22. My MiL Loves gardening, and she's all set to begin her garden at our new home :) Lovely snaps, Raj :) get her the hibiscus soon :)

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  23. My hubby is into gardening and he often forgets me even while doing that :p

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