No spring here, But summer's a blooming delight
Tropical Thailand misses the annual rebirth of plant life that provides a rich spectacle in colder climes, but this time of year does see the blossoming of many flowering trees to bring a riot of colour under the hot sun
It's springtime in the higher latitudes, and as the winter snow thaws, plants and trees spring up from their long slumber and bloom in all their glory. I had a chance to feast my eyes on spring flowers in the US when a friend sent me photos of daffodils, roses, lilies and other flowers blooming in his garden. "This one suddenly sprang up in its pot on my front porch," he wrote of a specimen unknown to me, with its tiny flowers growing from the plant's leaves. Without leaving Bangkok, I also enjoyed springtime scenery in Europe through photos sent to me by another friend. Prunus trees and shrubs blanketed by flowers, and rhododendrons, irises, tulips, daisies, daffodils, lavenders and countless other species of plants in bloom in private gardens and public parks, along streets, and on mountainsides and fields, literally took my breath away. Also a sight to behold were vast plains carpeted by wild flowers of different colours _ red, yellow, orange, pink, blue and violet _ which reminded me of a trip to Gstaad and the Eggli Mountains in Switzerland years ago.
A SIGHT TO BEHOLD: The rosy trumpet tree blanketed by flowers.
Springtime coincides with summertime in Thailand, when many trees are in bloom here too. I knew it was summer when a huge rosy trumpet tree (Tabebuia rosea), or chompoo panthip in Thai, in a neighbour's yard dropped all its leaves, only to be replaced by clusters of trumpet-shaped purplish-pink flowers which, just two days later, fell as suddenly as they appeared. Having observed this tree for years, I know that it blooms twice a year, in the summer and when the temperature drops in December.