#PinkBengaluru has been trending, with people sharing stories of their exploratory drives in various parts of the city to capture the flowering trees. Nagesh Kamath, a Twitter user, retweeted an old video of a pink flowery cover on Outer Ring Road with the caption: “Whoever took the decision to plant Tabebuia rosea trees on ORR deserves a big thank you! Bengaluru is the natural pink city now with these trees in full bloom.”
Whoever took the decision to plant Tabebuia Rosea trees on ORR deserves a big thank you! BLR is the natural pink ci… https://t.co/xgWnMyaz89
— Nagesh Kamath (@inageshk) 1616339279000
The flowering trees — Tabebuia rosea (pink), Tabebuia avellanedae (pink trumpet) and Tabebuia argentea (yellow) — dot the city every year between February and April.
While every Bengalurean enjoys the colourful bounty, the credit for planting these trees across Bengaluru goes to German botanist and garden designer Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel, who was the superintendent of Lalbagh Botanical Garden and director of horticulture before retiring from service in 1932.
Though it’s an annual affair, this year, the pictures of the flowers are being widely shared online. Thanks to the riot of colours, netizens have begun calling Bengaluru the ‘pink city’.
Namma Bengaluru Deserves a New adjective “Pink City” at least during this Season 😍🌸 https://t.co/HWTNRmWZyp
– Nisha Puttagowri💛❤ (Nisha_gowru) 1616374438000
Nisha Puttagowri, a Twitter user, shared pictures of a pink canopy with the comment: “Namma Bengaluru Deserves a new adjective “Pink City” at least during this season.”
The beauty of Spring in #Yelahanka reminds us of #Japan https://t.co/LJfNCeNo1p
— S R Vishwanath (@SRVishwanathBJP) 1616326055000
Even Yelahanka MLA SR Vishwanath made note of the floral delight in his locality. “The beauty of Spring in Yelahanka reminds us of Japan,” he tweeted. Some users instantly urged him to bring the infrastructure of the constituency on par with that of Japan.
Naveen Kumar shared a video of a street full of flowers and tweeted: “Had to go for an early morning drive around the city to actually understand what this Pink Bangalore fuss is all about, and this is what we recorded. It’s simply amazing!”
Twitter user Rebellia gushed: “I couldn’t resist. Bangalore be looking like a real-life Studio Ghibli playground.” Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio.
My God! How is Bengaluru so beautiful? 😍 https://t.co/4sDT3mXj8O
— That Goan Guy (@schmmuck) 1616483158000
Nazia Saleem, a business analyst, said pandemic blues and long hours indoors translated into this new-found appreciation for the phenomenon this year.
“I could not stop clicking pictures of the flowers across streets in different parts of the city. I can’t believe I had not noticed these flowering trees earlier,” she added.
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Vijay Nishanth, urban conservationist and animal activist, said it was heartening to see people appreciate nature. He urged more Bengalureans to stand up for environmental issues, while appreciating the ornamental value of trees.
“As per the concept of ‘Ritusamhara’, the city must be blooming throughout the year, but it is not as common today. In the 90s, the city would be filled with colourful flowers, but things have changed now,” he said, adding Bengaluru’s soil is instrumental in helping these trees blossom.