History and Culture
Flores de Mayo: Five Summer Blooms You Need To See
Ida Damo | May 17, 2018
There is a line in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem Hamatreya that the earth laughs in flowers. Truly, when the earth is blanketed in green and a myriad of colors from flowers bursts in bloom, you cannot help but smile or laugh, too.
What flowers do you associate summer with?
1. Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)
Although it can bloom not just in summer time, its appearance of bright, big yellow orange flowers is likened to the heat of the sun.
2. Flame or Fire Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius)
When the tree sheds its leaves and is replaced by the bright flame of red orange petals, you will know that summer has come. When the flowers shed, the ground is covered with this bloom.
3. Pink Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia rosea)
When the Tubebeia tree blooms, whitish pink or blush pink to deep pink blossoms take the place of leaves.
4. Yellow Trumpet Tree (Tabebuia rosea yellow)
Golden shower of golden yellow flowers drop from branches of trees and brighten up highways and streets.
5. Balayong Tree or Palawan Cherry Blossoms (Cassia x Palawan or Cassia nodosa)
If Japan celebrates its Sakura festival, the Philippines has a flowering tree that blooms in pale pink to white flowers and closely resembles that of the cherry blossom.
So don’t forget to look out your window when you’re travelling down the highway on your way to your summer destinations. You might just get a photo under these blooms.