Buenos Aires is stunningly decorated by its trees
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Every ‘Porteño’ (local from Buenos Aires) has their own Buenos Aires. With the wide avenues, the tango, the gastronomy, the nightlife and the colourful city. That which we don’t all notice or look at, Buenos Aires displays its stunning nuances around the city in each season. It paints the streets with a full palette in its cycle which month to month it paints a different sky via the treetops. This is the tour of the cycle of a beautifully aesthetic Buenos Aires, changing from pink into a violet blue (or lilac) and in December it all turns a golden yellow to finally turn pack into a pink with summer in full swing.
Before starting the walk it must be said that its geographical location weighs on its development. “In the Southern hemisphere the trees flower better, unlike what happens in the north, where the environment accompanies the foliation and trees develop their most beautiful colours in the leaves in the fall,” stated the agronomist Graciela Barreiro, director of the Botanical Garden . And in that sense, the local climate is privileged (thanks to the famous humidity, which also run havoc on womens hair(!). “It’s because the flowers have no frizz” jokes the specialist. Or maybe they have (in short, it is the same active ingredient and cosmetic result).
This is a city that is known to be filled with trees, and thus shown by the alignment of 370 000 examples(alligning the streets , avenues and boulevards) as well as about 50 thousand in the green areas of the city. “I would say that since the era of roses, when they started planting a lot, it has been maintained. Sarmiento was a big factor in all of this because it brought in many urban European ideas”continues Barreiro. Something that Carlos Thays and other French landscapers of those times continued.
To only mention the flowers would disrespect the green chlorophyll leafy tree tops that frame the main arteries of the city (almost) all year and the elderly brown trunks, which in every crevice hold treasured history.
When the orange sun dispels the winter cold, the pink of the Lapachos appears. “The blossom is between August and September in Plaza Italia in the Parque Tres de Febrero. Out of all of them the Mariscal Catillo and Figueroa Alcorta stand out, it’s a private space but in view of everyone.” Barreiro recommends.
The national ceibo explodes in October with it’s pure and sensual red flower. “In this case there is no alignment. You can see it at the Plaza Sicilia, diagonal to the entrance of the Rosedal, or on Plaza Lavalle, opposite the synagogue, where the is a small one always in full bloom,”says her colleague Gabriela Benito, curator of the Botanic .
In mid-November the sky-blue and lilac jacaranda bursts into flower. By Belgrano 940 there stand a tree with a branch that bears white flowers
In December the ‘tipas’ cry a glassy foam and are then covered in yellow. A postcard well known to the neighbours of the Pedro Goyen and Melián avenues where the tree creates a tunnel.
In January Pitá Ibirá come out, which are also yellow (on the strategic point on 9 de Julio and Moreno, in addition to the classic view of the Olivos residence). February returns to being pink or white with endearing downpour (for example , the giant of Libertador and Sarmiento). “Not many places are like this. In the humid jungles they’re high and stylised, nothing to do with the ones here” stated Barreiro.
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