I love trees that bloom in the summer. Anything that blooms in the blistering, blazing Indian summer is surely worthy of admiration for it’s sheer tenacity!
When I was little, I used to exult at the sight of the first flowers of amaltas. They reminded me–not that I needed any reminding–that summer vacations were just around the corner and so was our annual trip to my grandparents’ place.
The amaltas in bloom is a sight to behold. I found out yesterday that it is called the Golden Shower tree in English–how apt!!
For much of the year the tree is a study in inconspicuousness. It is not a tall tree and is nowhere close to being as grand and majestic as the banyan or the peepal or the neem. It doesn’t even have pretty leaves like the gulmohur. Everything about it is thoroughly unremarkable. It is the plain Jane of trees, so ordinary in it’s looks that nobody gives it a second glance.
And then one fine summer day it blooms. And how.
When in bloom, the tree can be spotted from a mile away, as if to make up for all those months of being literally invisible. For a short time every year, every other tree in it’s vicinity pales into insignificance. Talk about every underdog having it’s day!
It’s delicate yellow flowers appear in such profusion that the leaves are not easily seen–all you can see is a blazing yellow. And true to its English name, a shower of golden petals can always be seen falling under the tree in slow motion.
And while I am gushing about summer blooms, how do you like these? Do you know what this tree is called ? Please let me know if you do!
Take a closer look
Aren’t the flowers just beautiful? .They bloom in early May and are gone by mid August. They also have a sweet, very delicate fragrance. This tree is quite common in Chandigarh, (which , by the way, is also home to a lot of trees I have not seen elsewhere.)
And then there is the gulmohur, of course, though there aren’t too many gulmohur trees in Chandigarh, not in our neighbourhood in any case. The gulmohur flowers were very much around until last week (Chandigarh has a delayed onset of summer which is why the gulmohur here blooms later than elsewhere) but was nowhere to be found when I went taking photographs for this post yesterday. Too bad!! But then I found this pic in the camera, taken a couple of weeks back by the husband.
Well, these flowers certainly have it in them to make a photographer out of everyone