Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut, Aesculus Hypocastanum flowers
Horse Chestnut, Aesculus Hippocastanum flowers

For those of us who as children used to love choosing the shiniest, biggest conker, or horse chestnut, this tree will certainly be a favourite. Whether we picked them up simply because of their shiny smooth chestnut-coloured beauty, or to play some childhood game, it seemed to me that we were more or less unaware of the flowers that led to the fruits. I was amazed when I saw them up close and realised that they had a delicate intricacy and beauty worthy of any featured in a bouquet. When we see the tall apparently white towers of flowers (sometimes called Roman Candles) from a distance, you would never know that they are made up of hundreds of tiny pink, white and yellow blossoms. In our village there are a couple of trees that are in a dell below the path we walk on, so that the flowers are at head height. This means that we can truly appreciate them and I was able to take this photograph for you for today. I hope you get as much pleasure seeing these as I did. A Flower a Day #279  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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4 Responses

  1. They look like miniature trees themselves, don’t they? Little bushes of white blooms with pink accents on them. So lovely. It’s a treat to be able to see them up close because, of course, most often we are only able to admire them from afar, if we even notice them at all. Also, as you point out, it’s not the flowers we think of when contemplating the chestnut tree but its fruit, the alluring inside of the spiky produce that falls to the ground, revealing its inner treasure and captivating the neighborhood children. However, the chestnut’s flower can, in my opinion, hold its own against the lilies and the roses of the world, perhaps we should rethink how we view the chestnut tree – not all might and braun, but soft and delicate too. Thank you, Ellie, for bringing the chestnut flower to center stage.

  2. Thanks Ellie they are gorgeous. It is so beautiful to see a big full tree all in Bloom it is amazing. I’m always intrigued by the spiky coating on the chestnut before it breaks open. Thanks again for sharing hope you have a good day

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