Many months ago I was driving to work and passed this absolutely amazing tree on a street where the traffic is very slow as we all wait through several changes of lights to get onto a main thoroughfare. The shrub was in flower with these huge, pendulous, drooping flower spikes.
The whole shrub was covered. The beauty of it struck me. I had to share with someone who would appreciate it. I called my walking buddy. (Don’t worry. I have hands free in my car.)
“I am looking at this amazingly beautiful shrub on the side of the road. We need to walk to it this afternoon and see it. I have never seen it in flower before.”
To her credit, my friend does not blink at unexpected phone calls from me about a plant, or any matter. Not does she roll her eyes at my random thoughts, expressed loud.
So in the hot, steaming afternoon of a Sweltering Sydney Summer, we trudged up to the plant.
I was still impressed. My friend less so. She has one in her garden.
To give you the scale of the tree, here is my friend standing by the tree.
Turns out they are commonly used for street planting in Brisbane, being tropical loving plants. They are becoming increasingly common in Sydney. Buckinghamia celsissima. But this one, being such a wonderful specimen, had never put on such a display previously. If it had, I would have noticed it.
I can’t wait until next year. Hope it flowers as spectacularly.