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Today marks 2 Months since my Munnar expedition and I'm all kinds of missing the Mountains. I've been reading and re reading my journal to relive those gorgeous 3 weeks I spent exploring new flowers.
I never did tell you guys how I chanced upon these maidenhair ferns did I?

It was a Tuesday afternoon, when I got a call from the main cottage to come by for lunch. It was pouring buckets and I told them I'd come by after it patters down a bit. But an hour later it didn't look like the rain was going to give in.. Since I didn't want to starve myself I was just getting ready to go to the main cottage when I heard a knock on the door and there stood the jolly Malayali Chef with a tray full of steaming hot authentic native food. Amidst the food stood a tiny vase, with some gypsophilia and these gorgeous Maidenhair ferns.
I was truly taken aback by the gesture, not just his appearance with food at my doorstep but that he stopped to fill a vase with fresh flora - in the middle of a storm!
It was simply the best lunch and I later pestered him to show me where he found the baby Maidenhair ferns and that's when I found these beauties. This was the first piece made with the ferns and will always stay close to my heart. 🌿

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*State Flowers of India Series*

Flame of the Forest: State Flower of Chandigarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh

Butea monosperma (also known as Dhak and Palash) is a deciduous tree of great economic and cultural significance in India. It provides timber, resin, fodder, medicine and dyes (including organic Holi colours). Bidis cigarettes are rolled with its leaves and lac insects love this tree.

Fun Fact: These flowers are used as substitutes to blood sacrifices in Goddess Kali temples. Flowers which literally save lives.
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