Aerial Gardens to Overt Roots – the Twists & Turns of the Thurston Street Trees

A while ago, back in Colonial times, and in the early years of independence, Colombo was known as the Garden City.   There are pockets where the street trees remain – cathedrals now, green, cool and shady naves of protection from that searing tropical sun.  Among my favourites are the twists and turns of the Thurston Street trees, where aerial gardens and overt root systems create a vivid habitat not necessarily created for humans.

Speaking of twisty vegetation, I always used to pause for a moment to admire the vine outside Rithi (my favourite sari shop) on Alfred House Gardens.

and hope that nearby, at Shiro Hana, they would be using twisty twigs in their window displays.

Aerial Gardens & Visible Roots - Twisty Vine Arrangement

I’ve shown you before, but every time I drove by, I’d look to see if the painted tree was still thriving, enjoying this sly twist on nature’s twisty extravagances, like the fused intertwining of a Strangler Fig around its host.

Lunch, on one notable birthday, when my friends took me down to Galle for the weekend, began with a delicious salad (Minimalist salads of crisp green leaves have only ever tasted better in Greece, where scoring such a rarity in place of  the ubiquitous (and unquestionably delicious) tomato and feta always made any green salad delicious by definition!)  topped with a colourful cap of twisty beetroot and carrot.  So pretty!

Aerial Gardens & Visible Roots - Twisty Vegetables

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21 thoughts on “Aerial Gardens to Overt Roots – the Twists & Turns of the Thurston Street Trees

  1. Wow! These are great photos, Meredith. All perfect for the theme–never saw such twisty salad fixings, but I particularly love the trees–so exotic–and the light in them is bright and beautiful!

  2. Tree canopies are so beautiful, especially when the sun is blasting down, and they provide dappled sun filtering through; but the tree trunks and roots are a beauty onto their own.

  3. A fantastic gallery Meredith. The delicate vegetable swirls on the salad are eye-catching, but the gnarled trunks of the Thurston street trees are my pick too.

  4. Well, aren’t you just full of twists and turns? 😉
    I love how you wove these all together. Those trees and vines really are quite remarkable. It doesn’t matter what you put in their path they will find a way around it.

  5. “There are pockets where the street trees remain – cathedrals now, green, cool and shady naves of protection from that searing tropical sun”
    My God, you’re such a natural writer. Gorgeous, gorgeous thought!

    • Darling … 🙂 Blowsy and overblown, my mother always said, but I love lush, and painting lush word pictures, so I persist for my own enjoyment, and yes, enjoying the occasional enjoyment of others! 🙂

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