When it comes to summer, the people of Bangladesh first think of juicy fruits and diversity of fish. However, majestic flowers that bloom in the season have every quality to exceed all other features.
A variety of colourful flowers blossoms in various tall trees in the country during this time of the year. Among them, the most prominent flowers are Krishnachura (Royal Poinciana), Radhachura (Peacock flower), Kanakchura (Copperpod), Jarul (Queen Crape Myrtle), Sonalu (Golden Shower), Nagalingam (Cannonball), Hijol (Freshwater Mangrove), Bonak, Udla, Ghasful and Jasmine.
All the summer flowers are not available in Dhaka owing to the scarcity of free space. Yet a visit to Ramna Park, Dhaka University campus, Chandrima Udyan, the street beside Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, Baldha Garden in Old Dhaka and Botanical Garden in Mirpur would make anyone pleased as different types of summer flowers have already bloomed there.
For the past few years, Krishnachuras in Dhaka have been showing a late bloom - after the first few swathes of rain in monsoon. Following that trend, all the soothing flowers have blossomed after the last couple of days’ rain to captivate city dwellers.
The bloom is still young at Dhaka University, the road by the JS Bhaban and Chandrima Udyan, but the beauty of the flowers would not fail to fascinate anyone.
Radhachura and Kanakchura are two intimate flowers of summer which are available in Ramna Park. Although they are similar in terms of the formation of leaves, the trees are altogether different.
The tubular golden yellow flowers hang downwards like bells. One part of the petal is upside down, the tip of stamen is blackish. The flowers bloom serially from top to bottom.
Another amazing summer flower is Sonalu. The yellow flower does not grow in large bunches or fill up its entire space. The trick is to look at it from right underneath, for then it becomes a chandelier of many layers, each yellow bud replacing a light.
Seen thus, it is like a precisely beautiful composition. Sonalu flowers are available near the Osmani Memorial Auditorium and in JS Bhaban area in the capital.
Nagalingam blooms mainly in April and May and lives for over two months. The branches with flower clusters grow directly out of the tree. The flower can be seen in Baldha Garden and Botanical Garden in Dhaka.