Category Archives: Flowers

So you like Daffodils?

Published / by Jehangir

Daffodils and narcissi in Kashmir. Happy Nauroz!

Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ (Trumpet Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’ (Trumpet Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Replete’ (Double Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘White Lion’ (Double Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Fortissimo’ (Large-Cupped Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Sempre Avanti’ (Large-Cupped Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Flower Drift’ (Double Daffodil)

Narcissus tazetta White

Narcissus tazetta Yellow

Narcissus ‘Chromacolor’ (Large-Cupped Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ Yellow (Double Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ White (Double Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Actaea’ ‘Pheasant Eye'(Poeticus Daffodil)

Narcissus ‘Rip van Winkle’ (Double Daffodil)


The ‘Flower King’ of Kashmir

Published / by Jehangir

As the snows melt, their whiteness is rivalled by the delicate sprays of early fruit blossoms as seen across the dark background of the cypress trees ; while the pink mist of almond and apricot flowers shows in little patches of colour against the bare hillsides.

Soon the ground under the trees is carpeted with bulbs, scillas, tulips, crown-imperials, narcissus, hyacinth, fritillaries, and iris. Take up a box of old Kashmiri lacquer-work and see how the flowers and colours crowd together.

Lilac, jasmine,and carnations follow ; then, last and best of all, come the roses, giant bushes covered with huge, pink, fragrant flowers, such masses as are seen in Europe only in the pictures of some fairy tale. White roses too, and red and yellow; but the pink roses were always the artist's favourites'.

~ Gardens Of The Great Mughals

Inspired by the impeccable English garden of the hotel run by the O'Connell's in the Batwara suburb of Srinagar in pre-independence days, Ghulam Nabi Wani set up what was probably the first commercial nursery in Kashmir.

In his heyday Ghulam Nabi Florist, as he is popularly called, supplied flowers to Prime Ministers of Kashmir and India and his cutflowers graced the poshest hotels in the country.

Sadly his business could not escape the evil eye that has consumed Kashmir and his efforts are now largely restricted to his nursery in Shivpora. When thousands of his blooms burst forth in the spring, there is no lovelier place in Kashmir.

Kashmir Country Garden

How many kinds of sweet flowers grow

In a Kashmir country garden

I'll tell you now, of some those we know

Those that I miss you'll surely pardon

Daffodils, pansies and phlox

Marigolds and White Snowdrops

Lilacs, Lilies and tall Hollyhocks

Roses, Asters and Tulips

Blue Forget-Me-Not's

In a Kashmir Country Garden…

~ Anonymous

Most of the perennials in my garden have been sourced from his nursery, and though I do not really have the space for more plants, I still visit his nursery each planting season.

This week I scored a bounty of tulips, scented narcissi and irises for my spring garden. This link has some pictures from my garden – past and present.