MtLawleyShire’s Buhenia flowers

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:

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and with the bright sunlight on them against a blue sky:

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Just a short post.

 

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9 comments on “MtLawleyShire’s Buhenia flowers

  1. niasunset says:

    I almost forgot, it is summer there, so beautiful. Thanks and Love, nia

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  2. Anne McMullan says:

    beautiful

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  3. Van Ikin says:

    I’d never heard of these before (so it’s possible I’ve seen them without knowing the name). As usual, your photos have done your subjects proud!

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    • yes, you’ve seen them. They’re also known as the orchid tree apparently and come from Hong Kong. Perth is full of them. So is Sydney 🙂 And catching the light at just the right moment really enhaced the flowers 🙂 & thanks!

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  4. Neil Rickert says:

    I had never heard of Buhenia. So I looked it up in google, which wondered whether I meant “bohemia”.

    I found Bauhinia natalensis, but that appears to be a shrub and not a tree. I also found an Indonesian page with pictures, but I’m not sure if that is the same thing.

    Then I came across Wikipeetia (“Wikipeetia the misspelled encyclopedia is an amusing parody of Wikipedia”).

    You sent me on an interesting excursion. But I’m still not sure what tree that is.

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