I am re-doing some of my previous tree posts to join in the #Thursdaytreelovelinky with Parul.
If you love trees like me, maybe you would like to hop across to my posts during my days in Bangalore. I went nuts at the variety of the flowering trees that I could sight in the garden city. Plus the huge trees formed such a gorgeous canopy overhead that I could just gape in wonder.
Its said that when Kempegowda was planning the layout of Bangalore city, he devised a design whereby every month the city would change colours. This is achieved by planting the flowering trees in a specific sequence. It is a brilliant thought plan and I am astounded at his ingenuity.
Purple passions in April 2011
I had been seeing these gorgeous deep pink and purple blooms in JP Nagar on short shrub like trees. The crown of the trees is totally covered with sprays of these blooms. I looked them up to know that these are called Queen’s Crape Myrtle – Pride of India – Queen’s Flower – Banaba for Philipines – Furush in Bengali or Lagerstroemia speciosa; a species of Lagerstroemia which is native to tropical southern Asia.
The flowers are ornamental racemes pink to purple color with wrinkled petals. Its got an oval-shaped fruit too which is split into a star shape and can be seen hanging in bunches from the trees.
This tree has medicinal properties and quite a lot of its parts – leaves, bark, etc are used to extract compounds which help alleviate health problems.
I had noticed 2-3 large trees in Jayanagar in full bloom and marked them out for a shoot. Today morning I finally found some time to head out to capture them on camera and realised that the tree is almost through with flowering. The floral sprays were heaviest on the crown of the trees and posed quite a task to shoot them.
These trees flower from March to May and were such a delightful spot of color on the streets of Bangalore.
I wandered around JP Nagar and finally hit jackpot in one of the side lanes. The trees here had blooms closer down on the trees, making it easy for me to take some shots.
I was gawked at quite a bit by passer-bys and house owners alike! Guess that early in the morning, me and my zoom lens did make for a strange sight in the streets of Bangalore!! 😉
Another great spot where 3-4 of these trees were in massive bloom was in the Brigade Millenium park. I had to beg the guard to let me enter to shoot them. God bless his kind heart! He consented for 5 minutes, ample time for me to get a shot of a tree almost fully covered in these blooms.
I think these are going to be in blooms for another week or so before they all fall off trees. I am lucky I got to capture them on camera. Wonder which is the next color that is going to sweep Bangalore after this.
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Read about my visit to the Bangalore flower market one early morning here