Let's get growing in spring

We’re planting a spring garden here at ikolam. And, we would like to involve all of our members in this activity. As you can see, kitty has prepared the garden bed already, and would very much appreciate some help from our generous member friends. Please give her a hand in adding some color to this garden, which is for one and all. Notice there are some colorless butterflies fluttering around in anticipation. What do you think they are looking for? I think we all know what the only goal of an adult butterfly in life is. They could make use of some bright colors and pretty wing patterns to select their mates. I’ve heard about an old American Indian Legend about butterflies; "To have a wish come true you must capture a butterfly. Whisper to the butterfly what your wish is, and then set it free. This little messenger will take your wish to the Great Spirit and it will come true."

Feel free to create flower or butterfly rangolis of your choice. Please use the flower name as the title of your file when you upload. They could belong to any genus. Some of the common flowers are Roses, Sunflower, Geraniums, Dahlias, Snapdragons, Petunias, Aster, Lily, Lotus etc. This is one time where it is okay to get Impatient(s)! :)

We are all about being organic, and we don't use pesticides, so your creations are in great hands! I can’t wait to experience the scent and the beautiful colors after a few weeks in our garden! Here’s to new seasons, new life, and new beginnings. -- Lata

Conga Line - Part 1

Here are the members' vegetable patch rangolis
Check out the overflow flower patch which could not be accommodated in this garden.

Let's get growing


Truly awesome idea Lata mam, all ur creative ideas make this site more popular among kolam lovers! touchwood i always feel very happy to be a member of this site!

That's very creative. As deepa said i always feel proud to be a memeber of this site. Great job lata.

Well done Lata.. An awesum idea.. I hope by now all the members are ready with their favourite flowers!! let me try my level best to give out the best flower rangoli...Thank you very much lata for making our life interesting!! Hats off to u!!

hai latha such a wonderful idea this is meanwhile is there any time limit within which we shd submit our flower rangoli pl let us know with regards rani selvaraj

Thank you very much lata for making me cheerful. It is a great idea.Now it is a time to send flower or butterfly to upload in i-kolam site.

Glad to know you liked it ladies. :)
Rani, would two weeks be enough for you? We would also gladly accept after two weeks too. :)

I got it Vidhya! Thanks for adopting a butterfly. :)

wow latha how did u know i was going to try a butterfly rangoli great conscience

Any restrictions Lata - I mean does it have to be a real kolam or can it be a virtual kolam also??

Thanx for the confirmation lata.. Wish to upload one tomorrow too...May I?

Judy, no restrictions, any style in any medium is ok. ikolam considers all artwork as REAL, only the medium is different. Whether we make use of rangoli powder or a software program, we use our hands, imagination, effort, and time, in order to make them look nice . Restrictions are only for contests, and they are rules in order to achieve uniformity, to a greater extent. And, please don't hurry, we know you are busy helping kids projects. Make it only after you are completely done. :)

Vidhya, more than one would be great. Double the joy, double the fragrance and double delight! :)

oh! how i missed to see this. let me think and decide.

wow nice.My flower will be here before I fly.

Good to know, let me know when you decide which flower. If you don't see a particular category here, I would like to create a separate patch and add your name-label to it. :)

iris for me, please.

Regards! - mOhana

A great idea and we are very happy to be a member in ikolam. I send a butterfly rangoli which was drawn at markazhi but suitable for this.

Yes I see your rangoli Madhu madam. No wonder some of our butterflies got excited and started to flutter. :)

we can send both butterfly and flowers in the same kolam right?

Yes, it could be either way; a kolam with butterflies and flowers, or two separate kolams, or just send one containing one of either two elements. Whatever way is convenient for you Padmashree. :)

can we upload more than two also, please let me know i will try my level best, is it a normal procedure to upload.

Yes Sudha, you could if you wanted to. It is like a real garden, each member could plant whatever flower they are interested in. If you don't see a particular flower name in the patch, I'll create it based on the rangoli label (title) that you use when you upload in the queue. For example, if you are interested in Cactus flowers, go ahead and upload. You'll find a patch for Cactus flowers in a day or two, in the garden. :)

Jasmine is available for me ? :)

Ofcourse Brindha. One Jasmine patch for you, for this month, and something else for next month and so on and so forth... ;)

Sorry, the previous comment was incomplete Brindha. Just so you know; here is something to think about in future. I'm not saying one has to make something along with those lines, I'm merely pointing out that another theme also exists. That's all. :)


Are you planning on taking over the entire garden Indira? :0

Nice to know your entire hand is green, not just your thumb. :)

Usha, please let me know if your lotus kolam was meant for our members' garden, or is it a regular one. I need to add your name-label to the patch if it was meant for this page. :)

Enna lakshmiku matum table chair lam pottu vaichurukuu :-s... nekku kediyatha? sapadu kepadu potingana kandipa koopdungappa. (I trust she is gona bear the entire cost of meal arrangement for bangalore meet! :))))))))))))))

Lata, thanks a lot. I have no space to upload rangoli...here. "maximum disk quoto has been reached"- message is coming when uploading flowers...

Don't worry Indira, I've the other files as well. Yesterday, I had to help in my daughter's school with her performance, and so couldn't finish adding all names. I'll keep adding on a daily basis, so keep checking atleast once a day. Lovely work Indira. I'll take care of the space issue tomorrow. Don't worry :)

Vidhya, your sense of humor is way high. :)

I have some homework for you. Look around the site and figure out the category-name where we use multicolored letters. If you succeed, you've the answer to the "Lakshmi" & the table question.:)

hi vidhya..hehe superb comment!!!"kalyana samayal sadam ready...... ready ......vangu vangu.....ungaluku dhaan first!!!

Ok thank u Lata,.

Na kanakula weak :(( enaku yarachum test vaicha (no matter whatever test it is :D) na standard ah idan soluven.. irundalum let me try.. (but thala.. will u pls rephrase the question as i am not able to get what exactly you are asking..) en sitrarivuku etura madiri sollanum sariya :D:D

By the way, thala u got my calla lilly? :D:D

What does thala mean?

Regards! - mOhana

Lata, i had uploaded a pulli kolam with butterflies and flowers. Did u gei it? when i uploaded i couldn't c it. So please let me know .

Vidhya, if you look at the right-side long vertical banner in the front page, you'll notice the "kids" category written in multicolors. Lakshmi is Alamelu's daughter, and I've used multicolors to differentiate between two Lakshmis (I could've used Mrs and Miss, but the name gets extended, and there is not much room, as you can see). I'll write Surya's name in multicolors too, one of these days. I think I'm weak in language Vidhya, so could you please tell me what thala means? The context from the latest comments with the word "thala" in them, tells me that it refers to me. :) My guess is that you've just switched the letters around in my name. And yes, I got the Calla lily. But, I'm searching for Calla or lily in them Vidhya. What can I say, looks like you've discovered a new flower. ;0

Padmashree, I got your kolam. Thank you. :)

Indira, the flower kolam you'd sent is a pansy kolam. Here is a link for Iris

Pansies from our neighborhood can be found here:

Vidhya, Calla lily can be found here:

Ok Lata, thank u..-Indira

Lata, why not an 'amaltas' (கொன்றை) for myself, Rajamma and Jayanthi representing Tamil newyear/Vishu?

Ya, why not? Does it look ok? I did it in a hurry. :)

Lata.. 'thala' is a tamil slang which actually refers to the meaning of "Leader"(thalaivar - head). you see, Film star Ajit is called 'thala' by his fans :))))) but we use it in general way to call beloved / respectable leaders. Since u r the leader of this site, :D, i call u like that.. (thalai = head.. colleagually thala.. hope u got it!) Sometimes, i call my husband also thalaaaaa !! :)))))))))

Calla lily patterns may be found here also http://ikolam.com/node/5875?p=1930

Regards! - mOhana

My heart wishes to fill up all the spaces left.. Atpresent I can give my feedback to your work.. Hope in future I'll try to plant my own flower into this gallery.. Lata will this garden be open in all seasons??? (Open பண்ணி தான் ஆகணும், இல்லன்னா மெயில் போட்டு இம்சை பண்ணுவேன்)

How much more time is there Lata?? I have so many and wonder if I can manage to upload any more??

lata it is for our garden only. tomorrow i will send vetable for garden, shall i send some more?

Vinci, the garden belongs to all of us, and anybody could visit anytime. In other words, yes the garden will be open year round, and you could add to it when you could. :)

Usha and Judy, I see the new ones. Thanks. The garden plans on blooming at the end of this weekend, just in time for the "turn off TV week". (We're waiting for a few of our members to transplant their seedlings to our community-garden). I guess by that time, some of the empty patches that we see here, wouldn't be empty anymore :)

Let's see if I can complete one or two more today :)

hai latha hope u would've received my butterfly kolam...:-)

No takers for Periwinkle?? I am taking it !

Uh...I think so Rani. I do remember seeing it, or did I? I don't know what happened to it. You might as well forget about it if you made it "good looking". :)

Brindha, if I had known you'll take whatever was left out blank, then I would've hid some names for a few days, just to get more from you ;)
( a few of our members have uploaded "unnamed" flowers that might be going in the wild-flowers category. Anyway, the garden demands to get bigger. :)

I am sort of waiting for our "Iris" to start sprouting. :)

In a day or two, the iris will flower :-)

Regards! - mOhana

Rani!! I'm sorry to report that I checked the queue and your butterfly seems to be gone! You know what? And so is the site's white butterfly. Naan white butterfly onga butterfly-ya thallikittu poiduthu-nu ninaikiren. Don't hold me responsible, since yours was dressed to kill! Adhukkunnu koopitavudane poidaradhaa? You should've taught it better Rani :)

If you come across it roaming around, please send it back to the queue, for a "moderated" release. :)

Lata, why does the Amaryllis cost Rs.25? Anything special for that?

Amaryllis and Daffodils for me pleaseeeee :)

Good question Brindha. :)
You see, Amaryllis wasn't taken up by anyone, not until yesterday. I started to wonder if someone would be willing to sell their Amaryllis rangoli, and I put a price tag on it. And, it was a spur of the moment decision. I do that sometimes. This is what happened when we announced our first contest 3 yrs ago. Somehow, after announcing a prize, the entries doubled up overnight. :) . I could've volunteered to make it too, but I chose to spend my time on expanding the garden and animating the butterflies instead. I consider it ikolam's job to keep introducing new ideas too. I can gauge member's thoughts about other flower rangolis, and I'll answer to it later on :)

So how come Amaryllis wasn't picked up by anybody, earlier? Any thoughts, anyone? We would like you to guess, please. :) Consider it a game. If you really think about it, isn't the whole idea of the garden...things in it, like a game? :)

Would the Amaryllis and the daffodil be ready by Sunday, by any chance? I hope they are, otherwise the other members are going to start complaining. :)
(Members, please let me know if I've left out anyone's name in the labels you see).

My iris plant has not to be seen, is it missing in the queue?

Yes, they are just budding now, hope atleast either one of them will bloom on Sunday :)

Rajitha: I got your Iris. It is there in the queue. I will take care of it.

Members, the last open slot - amaryllis had been taken yesterday. We finished making the corresponding preliminary templates this morning. As soon as we receive couple of already committed rangolis, we will publish them all together on Sunday.

at last latha... i see vidhya chasing me....appa moochu iraikkudu.....here all r enjoying yr novel idea hats off to u....keep d good work...

Lata Aunty, I have a Periwinkle and Lily ready. I'll upload them today. :) And I saw my butterfly fluttering through the pages. Nice idea aunty :)

my Daffodils have bloomed today and have got uploaded.....Amaryllis are on the queue, another few more days :) ... on the veggie patch trying to grow some berries & cucumbers ....may get ripened over the weekend :)

Lata, we will wait. பூ பூக்கும் ஓசை, அதை கேட்கத்தான் ஆசை ! பூ விரியும் காட்சி அதை பார்க்கத்தான் ஆசை !!

The following message is for a few people who might get the impression that this is a ladies only site. This is a family site. And this site doesn't tolerate people who don't have good control over their choice of words.

Mani, please keep a bottle of weed killer handy. I have a feeling we might need to kill more (weeds).

Ok Daffodils and Amaryllis done, but I still have a few more flowers with me - wonder if I would be able to upload it soon :?

when is the opening ceremony of the garden? cant wait lata.. Rani not only chase but will catch u soon.. (Unga aathukarar peru selvaraj ah hehe) Rajamma ji epdi irukinga? I wanted to call you but every time its getting postponed becoz of some silly reasons :) Def will make it on sunday.. Push (Dibbu) how r u? Lakshmi's dining table got changed to other side :D..

Vidhya, it should open earliest by Monday. What to do Vidhya, there were deadlines to meet in my other job, and there were/are kid events to attend to, to volunteer for (school lets out in 3 weeks, and there are annual events/functions to help with and to attend). There were also issues that we didn't anticipate, something that got sorted out eventually. You are not chasing Rani, but you are making someone else run for their life. Oh...I can't wait dear! That person is Ka-------. :0

Lata.. i really dont understand last 2 lines.. :(

Mike test 1 2 3... (for the butterfly conga line)
It's ok Vidya. You'll pretty soon :)

wow wow latha... i can see a lot of butterflies going ringa ringa roses...just cant wait for our garden to open with lots os exotic flowers...and one more thing hats off to ur animation ideas...too brilliant...

Superb animation lata, I am pink and blue mixed butterfly na..... Eagerly waiting to see the part 2 (to be continued). Please do it fast, i cannot wait more

Oh!!!! butterflies marching on in so many colors. very
lovely and lively. I think I am the pink and blue butterfly!

No Rajammaji, I already reserved pink and blue butterfly

Lata, this is beautifully designed.. hats off to u..

very lovely garden lata.

wow wow wow
Fentastic. I enjoyed each and everyone/
Lata very very nice.

Lata,let my butterfly has red and yellow with black small rounds,in my childhood i first admired with the red colour butterfly.Hope our garden be colourful at very soon.Eagar to see.

Latha Madam,

We are not able to view the The Veggie patch & Let's get growing kolams, how to do so.

with regards,