Amaltas- Sunday Trees- 291

Amaltas blooms aplenty in my hometown in the month of May. I discovered it only last year, for I would avoid visiting in the hot months. At that time of the year, living in the hills was more comfortable. 

May is hot and torpid and the warm winds sweep the landscape carrying dust. In midst of this miserable onset to an even more severe summer, comes relief in the form of resplendent flowers that cover the trees. 

Amaltas or the Indian Laburnum, has golden yellow flowers and a tree in full bloom can look like a golden shower. 

Last year, I delighted in the blooms. There were rows upon rows of these lovely trees.

This year, I was away from my hometown at the time the trees were in beauty. I longed to see them and when I finally got back home, there just a few of these. In days, the flowers would fade and the trees would soon be only green instead of yellow. 

I was grateful to be able to witness them at all. 

This post is part of Becca Given’s Sunday Trees. 

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  1. They are lovely trees when in bloom, and I understand how precious they are in a hot, unforgiving climate. I live in California’s Coachella Valley, one of the hottest places on earth during summer. Our daytime temperatures from June to mid-September average 100-115 degrees Fahrenheit (37-46 Celsius) and can sometimes reach 124 degrees, which is brutal for plants, animals and humans. Most of our flowering trees have showy blooms in Spring, but there are a surprising number of plants that have gorgeous blooms even in our intense summer heat: Bird of Paradise bush (not the tropical bird-like plant), Oleander, Bougainvillea, Lantana & Vinca. I love how plants adapt so well to their environment, especially in extreme climates.

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    1. Wonderful to know of the blooms in your part of the world 🙂 It truly must be very difficult to get through the summers.

      Bougainvillea too we have in plenty here. They are planted on the central verges on the roads. And of course, they cascade down from fences.

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      1. Yes, summers are a challenge, but our air conditioning and swimming pools make it bearable most days. Our winters are glorious, which is why so many people from colder climates like Canada and the Pacific Northwest come here.

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  2. Lovely pictures and lovely words! I’ve been noticing the flowering amaltas here in Bhopal. I didn’t know they were called Indian laburnum. They did remind me of the laburnum tree in my grandmother’s garden in Belgium. There it was called “goudenregen” or “golden rain.” The grownups were always telling us not to play with the seed pods, because the seeds were poisonous. In America they call it “Golden Chain Tree,” I believe.

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