Buhenia are huge, magnificent trees. Wide and tall, wonderful beings. they lose their leaves and flower in Spring, grow leaves and the flowers become long bean-like sed pods that in February spring open explosively, shooting teh seeds far & wide.
A few years ago, I lived on the top floor in a small apartment block – the 3rd floor – and outside the flats was a huge buhenia tree. A white one. It was wonderful looking at the flowers at night – it looked like a Japanese painting.
When the seeds were dispersed, all of us in the flats became accustomed to the seeds hitting the balconies and windows. And they fell into my potplants. I ended up with a veritable forest of them – seedlings that continued to grow. The landlords took most of them (with my permission & thanks) and I was left with two. I have planted one out the front where the growing conditions aren’t brilliant, but it is growing, slowly. It has yet to have flowers.
The other is in a pot in my courtyard, and while it hasn’t grown very big, it has in teh last two years, begun flowering.
The other day, when we had a little rain, there were clouds in the east and sunlight in the west – for a moment. The white of the flowers against that sky was just beautiful:
and with the bright sunlight on them against a blue sky:
Just a short post.