Thursday, 29 October 2009

Deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls


Jacaranda trees, although supposedly native to Central and South America, are grown extensively in sub-tropical areas of the world. In Australia, there are extensive plantings in Brisbane and in Grafton on the far north coast of the state of NSW. In Sydney, there are extensive plantings over the North Shore and in the Eastern Suburbs.

My first item this season on this delightful tree was posted on my home and garden blog, Dolwendee.


When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle in the sky
In the mist of a memory you wander back to me
Breathing my name with a sigh.

29 comments:

brattcat said...

I'm breathing your name with a sigh. I hope you post glorious photos of emerging spring every day. As our light decreases up here in northern New England, the growing light you bring us from down under fills me with gratitude.

Sean said...

The trees are beautiful and your photos reflect that. They usually attract alot of bees, and make a big mess on the floor but none of this overshadows their colour!

Lois said...

They are all so beautiful!

Susan said...

As the world turns its sunny face your way, it's nice to see you sending springtime our way. Especially as flu season is upon us, and as the light goes, the shadows grow.

Arija said...

Sydney has the ideal climate for Jacarandas. I have never seen them grow so well elsewhere.
As we left the chrch after mothers funeral, the ground was covered in a sea of purple, one of her favourite colours as though to give us a last wave of farewell.

Mirela said...

I've never seen this before, but wow! I wonder if I can find a plant or seed or something to buy here...

J Bar said...

They certainly add a bit of colour to the urban landscape.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Ann said...

I noticed last night that the ones near me were in full bloom. I always thought they were South African natives until I went there and was told they weren't. Unfortunately we just missed jacaranda season in Pretoria. There's a street with huge jacarandas down both sides which must be spectacular which in flower.

Joan Elizabeth said...

My favourite tree ... that deep purple falling over garden walls ... brings back memories of Uni exam time in Brisbane.

Julie said...

Yes, I was reading about uni exam times. The same happens re the jacaranda in the Main Quad at Sydney uni ... exam time = purple panic!

I had always thought them to be from South Africa until I researched for this post!

Vogon Poet said...

After many post of autumnal colors here is the surprise of a glorious spring! Thanks for these photo, I like Autumn, but after a while everything is so yellow and sad...

diane said...

They are such a fabulous colour and yes Uni students use them to know when to panic. If you don't know it by the time the jacaranda flowers its too late. Not sure that i like the orange cellars.

Leif Hagen said...

The purple blooms are wonderful - look at that orange > splendid indeed!

~Cheryl said...

Those purple blooms are spectacular! What a treat to look at after a gloomy NW day here. That orange building is also an eye-catcher!

Julian Davis said...

wow it's so beautiful!You got fabulous shots!The purple blooms are really fantastic .

Jilly said...

I so love this tree. We see it in Monaco and I've one in the garden but it's still not yet flowered. I remember driving thru Grafton when I drove from Tassie to Cairns and being totally astounded. Gorgeous photos.

Julie said...

You drove! You drove from Tassie to Cairns! That is about 4,300kms which is sort of like flying from London to Moscow and back again.

Whatever ... it is a massive feat! And I bet you had dogs on the back seat!!

Jilly said...

Julie yes! I took a month doing it. Stayed in various various places en route - Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle and then a week on the Whitsundays, also around Noosa, etc - it was a fabulous drive and yes I had one Old English Sheepdog in the van, many of my worldly possessions and an enormous plant that I was transporting. Great way to see that eastern coast of Oz.

Nathalie said...

Aaaaah jacarandas in Sydney in October... brings back lots of fantastic memories.

Jilly driving from Tassie to Cairns? Yes that sounds like her :-)))
I actually found that Aussies themselves aren't afraid of distances and don't mind driving around their country over thousands of kilometres !

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Beautiful! Especially against the oranges of the sign and the building.

The wikipedia article on Jacaranda says that new mothers were given Jacaranda seedlings in the 1930s, especially in Brisbane, leading to the widespread distribution of the tree. I wonder if there are old people around who can point out "their" tree?

Lovely pictures, Happy Spring!

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James said...

These trees are great, but messy. We lived near lots of them in California. I loved to see them bloom.

altadenahiker said...

Re your comment, what or where is "Glested."

James, I think the blossoms look fabulous on the ground and sidewalk -- like a carpet.

Jacob said...

A series of truly beautiful and colorful photos! In south Florida there are many jacaranda trees...in fact, I played at lot of golf at the Jacaranda Golf Course in Plantation, named, obviously because of its numerous and beautiful jacaranda trees.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Jacarandas are lovely trees with their purples and violet flowers. The bright orange cellar/grocer sets them off beautifully.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely lovely photos, i love jacaranda trees, their colour is so beautiful

JM said...

There are three trees right behind my house and I love when the ground becomes purple.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Great colors! I love Jacaranda trees. We have many of them in Buenos Aires.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Awesome photos-- I've been meaning to just do a walk around to photograph the jacaranda trees. Love your blog!!

Estrella said...

Jacarandas! i love them too, my favorite tree, they grow so big! there are a lot here in my city, so nice they are arownd the world now, pretty blog!