Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shower Tree

A l o h a !

 click on these bonnie pictures:
Honolulu adopted the rainbow shower tree
as our official tree in 1965.
This one is white, or cream. 

"If you would know strength
and patience, 
welcome the company of trees."

Hal Borland

April to November 
floral explosions 
fill our sky with GLORY!

"To heal mine aching moods,
Give me God's virgin woods."

Clinton Scollard


The Rainbow Variety

"Long, sparkling aisles of steel-stemmed trees
Bending to counterfeit a breeze."

James R. Russell

The rainbow shower tree (Cassia x nealiae
is a hybrid cross between the golden shower (C. fistula
and the pink and white shower (C. javanica).
  Due to plant-genetics, no two trees are alike.

"I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Honolulu's "official" rainbow shower is the Wilhelmina Tenney. The tree started life in 1920 as a seedling on Lunalilo Street in our Makiki neighborhood by neighbors of the Tenney family. After the tree was propagated, a Tenney daughter, Wilhelmina (1891-1951) gave material to Foster Garden.
“Like branches on a tree
we grow in different directions,
yet our roots remain as one.
Each of our lives will always
be a special part of the other.” 


 Such litter, glitters!

"As the poet said, 'only God can make a tree' -
probably because it's so hard to figure out
how to get the bark on."

Woody Allen



The shower tree is a flower tree,
her boughs bearing
bounteous bouquets- 

it quite bedazzles!
Kindly leave a word blossom
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