Sunday, 19 April 2009
Can you guess what flower this is?
I used to call it the powder puff flower, for that is what it looks like, soft and pink, and spreading out its fine filament like petals.
This is the flower of the rain tree. Millions of these small pink and white flowers lighten up the sprawling branches of the tree.
This large tree (large enough to accommodate a tree house! See picture below) is right across the road from our home, and no sooner does summer set in, than it begins to throw forward these little beauties. Soon the road is covered with fine petal dust from the fallen blossoms of the previous day.
This is a view of the tree from our terrace - sadly, the tree is blocked by trees in our garden, and a better view is not possible.
I always imagined it to be a tropical tree, and I was pleasantly surprised to see one in Seattle, flowering in June!
Do click on the pictures for an enlarged view.