Bangalore Trends as the city becomes pink trumpets bloom


Bangalore Trends as the city becomes pink trumpets bloom

Once I first noticed the Tabebuia Avellanedae in bloom was on a cool, sunny morning in Bengaluru almost two years ago. That morning, as we stood in front of those blossoming Tabebuia trees that were located in a tiny municipal park, felt revitalised in a way that had no experienced in a very long time. It was soothing to the eyes and the soul to see hundreds of beautiful pink trumpet-shaped blooms pressed up against the deep blue sky. As one flower slowly separated from the others and started to fall through the air. The pink trumpet flower tree is without a doubt my favourite Bengaluru tree species, and look forward to seeing it blossom every year as if it were some sort of special ritual. During the interim months, the Tabebuia Avellanedae is rather unremarkable, but as soon as the days grow shorter and the shadows grow longer in the later weeks, it begins to lose its leaves one by one. The flower buds start to emerge as it sheds its leaves, which are all an astonishing shade of green before asserting themselves in all their pink glory.

The Tabebuia Avellanedae, a South American import, is also known as the "pink trumpet" or "pink lapacho" tree. Its two close relatives, the Tabebuia rosea and Tabebuia argentea, also bloom in Bengaluru in the early spring.   As they had done in their other colonies across the world, the British initially introduced the trees in the city as part of a stylized colonial botanical aesthetic that favoured bright, decorative exotic species like this one above the native ones. The Tabebuia avellanedae, a South American import, is also known as the "pink trumpet" or "pink lapacho" tree. Its two close relatives, the Tabebuia rosea and Tabebuia argentea, also bloom in Bengaluru in the early spring.   As they had done in their other colonies across the world, the British initially introduced the trees in the city as part of a stylized colonial botanical aesthetic that favoured bright, decorative exotic species like this one above the native ones.

In Japan, the springtime blooming of the cherry blossoms is a phenomenon deserving of its own festival and verb. The Japanese practise of mindfully viewing and appreciating flowers and their fleeting beauty, mainly sakura or cherry blossoms, is known as Hanami. Similar to this, I feel as though I am doing hanami anytime I am in the vicinity of these pink trumpet flowers, but it's not just their blossoming that strikes me as amazing. Before embracing their vibrant pink flowers, the trees shed their leaves, which serves as a gentle reminder to me that renunciation does not necessarily signify loss but rather new beginnings. After all, the pink trumpet tree's inner bark is highly prized for its medicinal properties in its native South America, where it was formerly thought to be the sacred tree and medicine of the Mayans.

Once again, this time of year, Bengaluru's streets are lined with trees that resemble cherry blossoms, transforming the city into a frenzy of colors.

Cubbon Park

One can visit the city's renowned Cubbon Park to see the blooming pink splendour of the city. Spend some time in the comfort of the magnificent pink trumpet trees in the park by taking a bike ride or a lengthy walk.

Jayanagar

It is well worth the journey to see the pink-hued trees in blossom that line the roadside!

AECS Layout, Brookfield

On a regular day, AECS Layout is largely comprised of congested roads. The roads are now an amazing pleasure to drive along because they are painted in pink and lavender tones.

Silk Board

The only time we'll actively choose to travel through Silk Board is right now, when the peaceful scenery will help us cope with the traffic.

Yelahanka

Yelahanka comes highly recommended for a leisurely drive around the neighbourhood for people who enjoy driving their cars to see the Sakura-style bloom that adds a burst of vibrant colour to the roads. The flowers dominate the appearance of the streets, ranging in colour from the palest pink to the darkest shade.

Wrapping up

Namma Bengaluru Doused in Pink, Lets grab our camera and take long walks in the wholesome weather as pink trumpets shade you.