Ms. Modigliani’s Garden: Laburnum

Laburnum, the Golden Chain Tree, blooms spectacularly in Ms. Modigliani’s garden on her birthday. [Photo by a blind flaneur]

Laburnum, the Golden Chain Tree, blooms spectacularly in Ms. Modigliani’s garden on her birthday. [Photo by a blind flaneur]

Sylvia Plath referred to the image of the Laburnum tree and “its blond colonnades” in her poem The Arrival of the Bee Box, first published posthumously in the collection Ariel (1965).

Oscar Wilde referred to Laburnum in his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, noting the “…honey-sweet and honey-colored blossoms of a laburnum…”. [Read more]

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2 Responses to Ms. Modigliani’s Garden: Laburnum

  1. alex says:

    “golden rain” these are called in Dutch.

  2. Mark Willis says:

    “Golden rain” is more apt; I didn’t sense anything chain-like about the cascading clusters of flowers. Back in Ohio now, and thinking fondly of this tree.

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