Bauhinia x blakeana Flower, MG_5711

Bauhinia × blakeana commonly called the Hong Kong Orchid Tree is a legume tree of the genus Bauhinia, with large thick leaves and striking purplish red flowers. The fragrant, orchid-like flowers are usually 10 to 15 centimetres (3.9 to 5.9 in) across, and bloom from early November to the end of March. Although now cultivated in many areas, it originated in Hong Kong in 1880 and apparently all of the cultivated trees derive from one cultivated at the Hong Kong Botanical Gardens and widely planted in Hong Kong starting in 1914.

The fragrance overwhelms me on my daily bike ride and surprisingly I could hear the sound made by my favorite Hummingbirds.  So, I decided to take my camera to this location and start shooting.  Unlike my backyard garden, there were a multiple of Hummers at one time.  Fascinating.

Needless to say, I spent a great deal of time by this lake.  Sharing some of the results with you.  Since it’s Christmas time, the red color is quite appropriate and I wish all the very best to my bloggers.

Bauhinia × blakeana Flower, MG_5711-2

Bauhinia × blakeana Flower, MG_5711-3

Bauhinia × blakeana Flower, MG_5711

Bauhinia × blakeana Flower, MG_6106

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