Friday, September 7, 2012

Flowers:Taiwanese campanulata cherry

Prunus campanulata is a species of cherry native to Taiwan, widely grown as an ornamental tree, and a symbol of Nago, Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. It is variously known in English as the Taiwan cherry,[3] Formosan cherry, or bellflower cherry.

I used to mistake this for the Sakura cherry tree. They lined on both sides of Balmoral road where I used to live before Andrew was born, and later when we came back to live after 16 years in Singapore.

In 1989, the word Campomelic came to my vocabulary. It was the syndrome that Andrew had and killed him. Campanulata makes me think of that word. The Campanulata cherry  blooms ahead of the Sakura, then very quickly the flowers drop and fade away. 

This is the time when the Campanulata cherry  blooms are most pretty. At the time, at Andrew's birthday,  Balmoral road would be one scarlet hue. Then on his death anniversary in November, the trees would be bare. Empty like my arms.

Next month would be  Baby Loss Awareness Week. I remember the interview I did for the Television documentary," It is ok to cry." Here I am, telling myself it is OK to cry.

The TV Program is available in New Zealand only.


Unknown said...

THANK YOU Ann!!!!!! Now I know what the tree is right over my fence and by the front door, that the Tuis get drunk on every Spring. I asked the neighbour what the tree was called (same neighbour as the purple flower tree) and he didn't know - just knew that the birds loved it every year. :)

Maude Lynn said...

Lovely flowers!

Jama said...

The flowers are so beautiful, especially when the whole tree is covered with them, that's a sight we don't see very often here in Singapore.
The first photo is perfect for the FMTSO, because you get a good depth of field. I love that.