Today, driving in streets, I noticed that all kinds of summer flowers have started blooming. I don’t realize when is the first time I saw them this year, perhaps I was too busy with other things, or have forgotten to picture simple beauties in my eyes. I would like the first reason much more than the second. Anyway, red and purple colors still haven’t covered here yet, they have just started to show their face to remind people that soon they will complain about the heat and want to run away from this city.
At this time of the year, walking in Hanoi usually makes me feel as I’m lost in a river of time. Yellow leaves covered many streets, and green color of new leaves is stronger than ever. Many tiny flowers, which have a special color mixed of milky white and light green, falling on the ground. Sấu (I found an English name on Wikipedia: Dracontomelon) really knows how to make it become special: it chooses the time to put down all the old leaves when their new leaves grows enough to cover the whole tree that nobody has a chance to complain about an old leafless tree even in a second, and it also decorates itself with those tiny flower at the same time. When people are still surprised with summer, their fruits will grow so quickly that we would think they are always there, prepare well to become a part of our meal on hot days. I don’t know when this kind of tree started to appear in Hanoi but this city has been well-known for the sour fruits for years. I knew about the fruit in novels and poems before I tasted it and I must say that I love it. My friends showed me many years ago that we can eat new leaves of it. And today, I know we can also taste the tiny flowers falling all around.
My little friend picked up five flowers, put them into my hands while smiling and told me that I should try how they were. That was a perfect way to finish a Saturday afternoon, don’t you think?
Add here two pictures I found on internet to show you how this kind of tree looks like this time:
and their flowers falling on ground:
Have a happy weekend 🙂