Bucharest high summer 2011 fruit and flowers

I have encountered in the last few days a few glorious sights of luxuriant fruit and flowers in Bucharest, a few photographs of which are presented bellow. This sort of wonderful natural spectacle was very common in this city before the communist industrialisation and construction of the huge quarters of grey and overwhelmingly ugly concrete apartment blocks built to house the huge workforce brought in from the countryside. Today the city still suffers form the same industrialisation no matter what syndrome, with still little regard for promoting, let alone expanding, the remaining green areas. Bucharest of yesteryears has been an Eden like place not only from the point of view of its historic architecture, but also because of its luxuriant trees, fruit and flowers.

Glorious cherry plums - Bucharest high summer 2011 fruit and flowers (photo: Valentin Mandache)

Half mature quinces, getting ready for the autumn harvest - Bucharest high summer 2011 fruit and flowers (photo: Valentin Mandache)

Exuberant flowers, species Albizia Julibrissin (info: Athena Dumitriu) or Persian Silk Tree, Bucharest high summer 2011 fruit and flowers (photo: Valentin Mandache)

Blossoming tree (see above for flower detail), species Albizia Julibrissin (info: Athena Dumitriu) or Persian Silk Tree - Bucharest high summer 2011 fruit and flowers (photo: Valentin Mandache)