Jacaranda time of year …

I’ve been meaning to share my love of Jacaranda flowering season for some time now … and with the blooms starting to appear in greater abundance on the ground instead of on the trees, the time now seems long overdue.

From September to November each year – the backyards, streetscapes, parks and gardens in Queensland are transformed with a showy display of beautiful iridescent purple blooms.

Standing beneath a Jacaranda tree that is overburdened with flowers is a dreamy experience … The canopy above provides imperfect, yet beautiful cover – like a lovingly handmade crochet blanket, used to wrap oneself comfortingly within. The ground underfoot becomes awash with a random scattering of fallen tubular flowers … forming something as bright and mesmerising as a land-based coral reef.

A magical time of year indeed … I hope there’s magic in your world too.

PS. The winner of last week’s giveaway was No. 4 (Congratulations Charmaine!)

12 Comments

  1. Erika Lee Sears

    Those little flowers are darling.. like little bells.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – You know, before you mentioned that the Jacaranda blooms look like little bells, I would never have made the connection … thanks for finding a new way of looking at something so familiar to me! 🙂

  2. jan

    Our part of the world is getting set for a winter nap. Thanks for the jacaradana blooms.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Well I know how much you dislike cold winters, so I shall wish for you an unusually lovely and warm winter! 🙂
      (glad you liked the Jacaranda blooms).

  3. Lisa

    The burnished copper leaves are still falling through cool mists of rain here. When the eve draws to a close, a magical place instantly creates, well before one can even whisper abracadabra.
    Such an imaginative and lucid post you have put out into the world. It is much admired by me. You have stirred me back into the atmospherically charged world of H.E. Bates, as I’d like to read “The Jacaranda Tree” (1949).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa – My goodness, what a wonderful vision of a wintry world you describe.
      I love that slow and beautiful dance which transitions the season from autumn to winter … you certainly weave magic with your words.

      … Thank you for your kind reflections on my Jacaranda musings … Thanks to your prior introduction, I have spent time exploring the world of H.E. Bates and I am very much grateful for it.

      Take care
      xx

  4. Gabrielle Bryden

    It is a wonderful display from the Jacarandas and quintessentially Brisbane. It took me years, however, to recover from the Pavlov dog’s effect of having Uni exams on at the same time as the jacarandas bloomed – I would feel a bit sick at the sight of the purple flowers.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I think when the Jacarandas are in bloom I suddenly realise just how many of the trees we have in Brisbane … the rest of the year they keep themselves so skillfully hidden in green camouflage. I know what you mean about linking the timing of Uni exams to the time that Jacarandas are in bloom … it was much the same for me. In fact I had a teacher who used to always say that ‘if she hadn’t started studying by the time the Jacarandas were in bloom, then she knew she was in trouble’.

  5. Mel

    Haven’t heard of this either lol – these flowers look lovely! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Well I’m very happy to introduce you to the beautiful world of Jacaranda blooms! 🙂

  6. kate

    I LOVE jacaranda flowers. It is thrilling to see purple bursts between houses and the ground covered in purple ‘snow’. My hubs proposed in our backyard under our jacaranda (he shook it for extra purple ground cover) so now I also get a lovey dovey sentimental feeling when I see them too.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kate – Jacaranda flowers are an absolute dream … they always make me feel like floating away on a light spring breeze. I agree – it’s wonderful to see the splashes of colour amongst all the houses and the gradual build up of the purple ‘carpet’ on the ground beneath the trees … How lovely that you have such a beautiful memory of your proposal forever associated with the Jacaranda flowering season … makes it all the more magical! 😀

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