It’s Jacaranda Time!

9 Nov

Jacaranda in flower

Here in Australia, it’s Jacaranda time.

While Grafton, N.S.W., is famous for these striking trees, here in Sydney they are also making eye-catching displays.

Driving around the suburbs, one can readily spot the purple/blue flowers still clinging to their maker.  The days will pass: these will fall and form a carpet. Those of us with bare, delicate skin had better watch out for busy bees….

Native to Brazil, Jacarandas come in a multitude of varieties. There is even a white-flowering type named ‘White Christmas’, but it is hard to get in Australian nurseries. Our eyes are accustomed to one known as Jacaranda mimosifolia: and really, isn’t its purple a lovely shade?

This tree has its critics: those who despise fallen leaves and squishy flowers. Please do not count me amongst them.

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6 Responses to “It’s Jacaranda Time!”

  1. Jenny Schwartz (@Jenny_Schwartz) November 9, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    I love jacarandas, too. They are messy and big. As suburban yards get smaller and smaller I suspect they’re becoming less and less sensible. But I remember my nana’s jacaranda. Beautiful. All you need is space (and she had a few acres, so space there was!)

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp November 9, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      Wonderful to unrestricted by area!
      The photographed tree is in our backyard, within a one-eight acre suburban block. Some of the local jacarandas, including this, are starting to carpet the ground already.

  2. Lorelei Orion November 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Beautiful trees, Margaret! Nice post.:)

  3. Caylie Jeffery March 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Hi Margaret, I thought you might like to have a read of my article about White Christmas Jacarandas, seeing as you love the purple variety so much!

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