Spring has Sprung !

Spring has sprung, at least in subtropical regions like Hong Kong.CIMG3033

There is an abundance of this flower blooming, signifying that Spring has finally arrived.

This is a flower which is quite unique in Hong Kong. It is known as the Hong Kong Orchid Tree or Bauhinia blakeana . So special that this flower is adopted as a logo on the regional flag and emblem of the HK Government .CIMG3023

This beautiful flower was found by a father of the French Mission in HK in 1880. The flower was then cultivated by twig planting. Research has found that this tree is in fact a cross between Bauhinia purpurea and Bauhinia variegata by artificial cultivation and cannot yield seeds or propagate naturally.

The related species Bauhinia variegata is also in full bloom with their light pink and white flowers. The picture below shows a tree with light pink flowers on the left and an adjacent tree with white flowers on the right.CIMG3039

If Spring has arrived in the subtropics, it won’t be too far behind in the rest of the Northern hemisphere!

74 thoughts on “Spring has Sprung !

    • Understand this tree is found in India and a few places too. But the Bauhinia blakeana is quite unique, it wouldn’t propate naturally. People are wondering whether so many of these trees in HK are only clones coming from just one tree which has successfully cross bred in 1880!

    • Yes, we are a lot closer to the equator. With the global warming, Springs are now very short and we have to grasp it while it is with us. Thank you for the kind comment:-)

    • I was told you can transplant trees from temperate to tropical / subtropical regions but not the other way round. I am sure you also have other beautiful plants which we don’t have. Thank you for the kind comment:-)

    • Hi, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  1. Spring is almost here in Louisiana – the tulip magnolias are in bloom, but it’s still a little too early for the azaleas. The birds are everywhere, too!

    Your photos are beautiful – how lucky you are to be surrounded by these flowers! ❤

  2. Exquisite pictures.Thank you Michael for liking my post( The Armenian ….) warm regards.jalal Michael.

  3. Spring renews the gardener in all of us doesn’t it? It’s such a pretty specimen. That must be amazing in mass plantings. I imagine it’s very labour intensive since it doesn’t propagate naturally, but well worth it.

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