Monday, May 25, 2009

The Indian Laburnum

The flowering trees of summer are a beautiful sight. Our
landscape is ablaze with the glorious reds, pinks, and
the yellows. And talking about the last colour, the
fragrant blooms of the Indian Laburnum truly stand out.

On roadsides and parks, on hills dotting our city, there's
this shimmer of gold that catches your eye, holds your
attention. And in the searing heat of summer, the sight does
not fail to lift our spirits. Locally known as "Sonaru" which
means golden. This tree is also called the Golden Shower tree.
The botanical name is Cassia fistula. In Hindi, it is Amaltas.

Words from Joyce Kilmer's poem come to mind...

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree

The must-see site of Indian flowers
has more on this. Another site for native plants that I can't do
without is-- where all the details
are given.

I hope you enjoy going through these pictures of clusters
of gold. I know I've gone a little overboard. But every time
I pass by one of these beautiful trees, I stop and click away.
I've taken so many that it was hard to select from my long list!

P.S. My internet connection went for a six on Friday which
is why I haven't been able to respond to comments here nor
comment on your blogs. But I promise I'll be there soon.
Have a great week!


Susie said...

Kanak I can see why you kept taking pictures. These trees are so beautiful. I love those golden clusters. I would have done the same thing.

Anonymous said...

I love seeing these golden "clusters" and am delighted you took many photos to share. I once lived in a home that had a golden rain tree. (probably in the same family???) Thanks so much for the lovely photos and I am glad you are up and running again.

West Coast Island Gardener said...

one can never tire of your poetically presented "clusters of gold"

Wendy said...

I agree with the others. The golden trees are really beautiful. I can see why you want to take so many nice pics. I love your dragonfly on the header.
Have a nice week too!

Chandramouli S said...

Golden Shower tree - Lovely tree. I like its bunches of golden yellow flowers hanging down, as if they're going to descend down to earth anytime! In fact these flowers are in abundance in Coimbatore and are sold for use in pooja there - which was new to me when I saw it. Wonderful shots, Kanak!

NatureStop said...

Kanak, it's so nice to know about the "Sonaru".Never noticed it when we were there.In the midst of the soaring heat am sure it lifts your spirits:)

Stephanie said...

With sunlight the flowers look golden... beautiful! Big trees not only make good shades but are appealing when they have flowers like these. Btw, I was looking at one white small Ixora plant and I thought it look quite nice. I didn't get it yet because I have not check out other nurseries yet. TQ for your suggestion. Have a great day!

Karen said...

Those are blooming in Seattle at the moment too! Funny, you'd think they would be on a different schedule somehow. We used to have one in our backyard at our previous place. It bloomed at the same time as our ornamental cherry tree, and I remember lying on the grass and looking up at all the pink and gold and feeling so fortunate! Thanks for showing these, they are amazing.

Linda Lunda said...

Ohh Kanak!!! You make me loonging more fore Asia!

islandgal246 said...

Kanak beautifully done! I am on the look out for this tree they are just mind blowing. I can understand getting carried away and wanting everyone to see them as you do. I truly see them through your eyes...soooo enchantingly beautiful.

islandgal246 said... your header.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Kindred spirits think alike.....!

Hi Shauna, so good to know you're back again! Good to 'see' you!

Wendy, thanks...for mentioning the header too!

Chandramouli, I didn't know these blooms were used for pooja. Thanks for sharing this bit of info.

Ruby/Arun, oh it does!! And then there are the pinks, whites and reds too!

Steph, thanks... great to know about the Ixora. I hope it does well... when you get it.

Karen, that's strange. I guess despite the distance certain plants like to share bloom-time:) As I go looking for trees to shoot, I often think about you. Our parking strips are nothing to write home about but the flowering trees? Oh, I can't stop myself!!!

Linda, please come...maybe a stopover on your way to Thailand?!

Helen, thanks a ton! Loved your words! And thanks for mentioning the dragonfly header too!

tina said...

They are gorgeous! Snap away Kanak as we can get a good feel of their beauty from the all the pictures. I've heard of laburnum walks but never seen one. Must be nice!!

Dawn said...

My, what a beautiful tree! One could only hope they last a long time.

easygardener said...

It is indeed a beautiful tree with all those lovely golden flowers cascading down. Eye catching!

Prospero said...

I completely agree about your praise for Cassia fistula. I have a small one (grew it from seed) and can't wait till it blooms.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Kanak, what a wonderful tree. Just gorgeous. You have such beautiful trees and plants there. It reminds me of what we call a chain tree here.

Mama said...

I like the golden shower tree Kanak, it's beautiful, I enlarged your photos for a closer look, it really does glisten like gold, how wonderful :-), Kathy.

Kanak Hagjer said...


Thank you all for your comments. Loved reading them. After posting on this I no longer feel that I should keep on clicking away at the same blooms. Now I can move on to something else and truly, truly, admire them!

Anonymous said...

That's a gorgeous tree, I've seen it in mail order catalogs. Thanks for sharing the actual specimen with us. Hope your internet connection becomes more cooperative soon. :)

Anonymous said...

i like you blog and i'm jealous of your climate, you must be able to grow anything - barry

My Mother's Garden said...

Hi Kanak~
Those trees are amazing! I'd like to spend the day sitting underneath one and soaking up some of the beauty!
Incredible :)

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Racquel. I hope so too. It's terrible to be cut off from the gardening world!

Hi Barry, not anything really:) Sometimes I dream of hellebores and peonies and daffodils......! Talk about grass being greener..
Thank you for stopping by.

Karrita, I've spent a great deal of time admiring them. They seem to be everywhere. And sometimes when you least expect to see the cascading yellow, the clusters of gold greet you from behind a house or a shop or on a turn that you take. It's wonderful!

Titania said...

This is such an "eyecatcher". I have always admired this golden tree. I did not know that cassia fistula was a native Indian tree. Anyway it grows well in my garden and flowers to its heart's content.
It is a tree that wants to be photographed. My photos seem never to do really justice to its beauty. I am glad you took so many beautiful photos.
We have also native Cassias and they are also very attractive.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Trudi, every time you write/mention your garden, I'm amazed at the kinds of plants that you have. How beautiful it must be...and other Cassias too when they're in full bloom. I'm so glad you liked the pics.