“The promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter!”
— Jen Selinsky
Ah, the sweet smell of spring. It’s such a refreshing time! The warm sunshine feels so good on the skin, as it melts away the winter blues and brings a bounce back on our feet. Colourful blooms are popping up, and it’s the perfect time to start doing up the balcony garden. My balcony garden is shaping up with my humble efforts to keep it clean, bright and colourful through spring and summer but even more than that, I’m taking all efforts to keep my soul in tune with the season—trying to recharge my batteries, taking a cue from Mother Nature, adding a spring to my step as well and keeping positive.
It has been a tough start to the year on many fronts but I’m not giving in or giving up. The Cassia blooms on our street have been lighting up not just the road we’re on, but the moods too, as the residents set off for their respective destinations every morning. Sharing today a few shots of this beautiful Cassia tree inside our apartment complex captured this morning on my way back from the morning walk. Tell me what you think of them. Do you have them in your city too? We see them bloom a couple of times here in Bangalore but they look their best in spring.
I know it’s midweek for most of us, so while you get on with yours and I with mine, let’s keep the spirit of positivity, light and hope in our hearts while we deal with our daily share of challenges:
“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own hope. And whatever your beliefs, honour your Creator not by passively waiting for grace to come down from high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen, right now, right down, here on Earth.”
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Your post reminds me of a quote from Buddhism, “Winter always turns into spring.”
Yes, Spring fills us with so much of optimism. But I also read somewhere recently something on these lines, ” Let’s not wait for spring to bring hope into our lives” Let each changing season of our lives be filled with the hope, optimism and joy of spring.”
Though that quote was just a line, it conveyed so much beautifully.
Hope is the beginning. Life will always challenge us in some way or the other, but I guess it’s for us to stay “top of the pop” Ha! Ha!
Easier said than done I know, especially when everything comes together at our age. But so worthwhile hanging on to that sliver of hope, and being grateful for all that we have.
I love these blooms. What a gorgeous tree indeed. Not sure they grow in our part of the country.
What camera are you using here? The shots are picture perfect.
Big hugs my dear friend. It’s heartwarming to see our #WW linky got the maximum link-ups of 20 this time. This is just the tip of the ice-berg for the “gritty girls”…we have a long way to go. <3
Much much love for a fabulous new Magical March.
They look so beautiful… Too bad they bloom only in spring. I remember being so amazed by these pink flowers when I first saw them in Bangalore. Take care Esha.
Ooh, this is so lovely, Esha. I love spring for this very reason. Trees lining up with fresh blossoms is such a cheerful sight. Wishing you bright days ahead, Esha. <3
Thank you so much, Vinitha. I’m so happy to see you joining us for #ww this week. Spring is my favourite season too…the beautiful colours and the freshness is so infective, no? Thanks for your warm wishes. Wish you happy days too, Vinitha. 🙂
This is the most beautiful time in Bangalore with the trees blooming with flowers everywhere. There were lots of these trees in my apartment complex and the sight was so lovely. The last quote is wonderful and moving. ‘Doing what you can to make grace happen, right now, right down’ becomes my favourite line.
Thank you so much, Anamika, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts here. I can imagine the trees in full bloom and what a sight they must have been. You will be here In April although the Cassias would have gone by then. I’m glad you enjoyed that quote. It did make me sit up and take note of how often we wait for things to change in our lives when the key to change is actually within us.
great photos. just made my day. 🙂
Thank you so much. So good to hear that. 🙂
Lovely shade of Pink! We do have some of these in Pune and are glorious when in bloom!
Thank you, Archana. They are such a breathtaking sight here, when in full bloom. Oh, you have them in Pune too? They come in two colours, I think—yellow and pink. The pink variety is more common in Bangalore.
While I can’t say for sure if I’ve seen this tree in my hometown in Kerala, I think it’s really beautiful.
I do think they’re typical to Bangalore, Doc! So glad to see you stopping by here.
What beautiful pink blooms! I don’t think I’ve seen a Cassia tree here. It sure is a cheerful sight to behold.
I can imagine you’d start painting one, Shinjini, if you saw one of these. They are quite a breathtaking sight. I can never walk past one without actually stopping to admire them.
Beautiful photos and quote, too, Esha! I love to see these trees while walking. They are such a gorgeous burst of color!
I think we skipped spring this year and rushed straight into summer–it is only Feb and already quite warm!
So glad to hear you liked them, Vidya! I guess we all enjoy their presence in our lives in a quiet, subtle kind of way. The soft pink hues are just too lovely.
I know what you’re saying about the weather. The afternoons are sweltering and it’s only the beginning of March. What else, but the effects of global warming!!
Tai na, re? Dekhe kemon chokh judiye jaye. <3
So so lovely! These are gorgeous. I haven’t been able to step out this year to capture the blooms but in my mind, I am always trying to find a shot. These are so beautiful Esha and I consider them the pride of Bangalore.
Thank you so much, Parul. They are so lovely, aren’t they? Yes, I like that— the pride of Bangalore! I can imagine you must be very busy with too many things demanding your attention right now to be able to step out, but then, the Cassia blooms again in September/October. So, perhaps then? Thanks for stopping by, Parul.
I imagine it must be beautiful when the pink blossoms fall apart. We have a pear ornamental tree in front full of white blossoms that have been “snowing” for a few weeks.
Oh yes, they do scatter all over the ground making it look even more pretty! I wish the blossoms stayed forever coz it makes the city look so pretty everywhere we go. I’d love to take a look at that tree you mentioned. It must be a very beautiful sight to watch it “snowing” as you describe.
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We don’t have winter here and flowers bloom in many colors year round.
I hope things swing around for you.
You have many friends here 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad to know that I have friends who wish me well through the most trying of times. So glad to see you here.
These are such lovely pictures and the colour of the flowers is so fresh and beautiful. Definitely, spring is in the air!
Absolutely pretty, right, Shubhra? The pretty flowers and the lovely colour both are my favourites! Yes, for us, spring is definitely in the air. Glad to see you here, Shubhra.
Beautiful! We do have similar trees here, but sadly, spring is not evident yet. 🙁 Our worse-than-usual winter drags on and we are anxious to see something cheerful, just like this. Thanks! 🙂 And for the link-up as well.
So good to see you here, Debbie. Oh, I know what you say—I guess you’ll have to wait a few more weeks before spring comes to your part of the world, But hang in there. We’re all trying to be hopeful for something or the other, and staying positive through the dark times is the only way forward.
I love flowering trees!
Thank you, Carol. Glad to see you stop by.
Here in the U.S.A. it will be a while yet before the trees bloom but I’m enjoying your beautiful photos. Keep that positive attitude!
Thank you. So glad to know you’re enjoying the pictures. I’m keeping my chin up coz that’s the only way you can go from one day to the other, and staying hopeful. I bet, you’d have to wait another couple of weeks for spring to appear, right?
Alas, no, this tree is not hardy in my part of the United States but it’s beautiful. Spring is still weeks away.
This might just be a local one, I think, Alana, specific to this region. Our version of the Cherry Blossoms, I’d like to think. 😀
Lovely pics, Esha!
But, I loved your words and the quote at the end more! I am copying it in my book and am going to share it someday, either on Instagram or Pinterest….if it’s okay with you. That quote is what we all need to read everyday….really!
Thank you so much, dear Shilpa. So glad to know you liked them. Oh, please do share them…I’d love it if you do. Sometimes I like to bank on other people’s words to pull myself out of the slump and get on with life! It somehow works, don’t you think?
Nice photos and blooms roll on Spring heheh!
Have a bloomingtastic week ➡
Thank you so much, Steve. Hope you’re having a good weekend. 🙂
Those are absolutely gorgeous blooms and half their beauty comes from the profusion in which they’re flowering. I hope the coming months bring peace and happiness for you Esha.
Thank you so much, dear Tulika, for those kind words! I hope the coming days are better too, as I can’t wait for some respite from the misery!