Jacarandas are blooming

I love Springtime where I live in sunny Queensland, Australia and I especially love the Jacarandas when they are in full bloom during the months of October and November. They instantly say springtime and make a colourful display with their purple-blue flowers.

Jacarandas

The Jacaranda is a native tree and can be found in tropical and subtropical regions of Central America, South America, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Although not native to Australia, these beautiful trees provide shade and announce all good things about Spring and Summer in Australia. They drop their leaves and the fallen petals from the flowers, provide a magnificent (although messy) carpet of colour.  Walking down tree lined avenues with a purple canopy above is simply gorgeous.

Jacaranda trees

In Grafton, on the New South Wales north coast, they have an annual Jacaranda Festival, which usually takes place at the end of October and first week of November. There are 6,500 Jacaranda trees and the Festival is the longest running flower festivals in Australia. The Jacaranda Queen is crowned and the festivities include a street parade, markets and fire works.

During my walks in the area I live, I am fortunate to have many aspects of natural beauty even though I live in the inner city.  The winding river giving Brisbane the name of The River City, the wildlife along the river and beautiful flora.  In October and November, the Jacaranda brings me joy and I wanted to share them with you.

Jacaranda 1

Jacaranda flowers

 

If you love trees and flowering trees I hope you enjoy the beauty of the Jacaranda tree.

What is your favourite tree?

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66 thoughts on “Jacarandas are blooming

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Toni yes almost Summer here and it is certainly warming up. I do love winter in the Northern Hemisphere but will be keeping you posted on Spring/Summer in Australia. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      They are gorgeous Carol. I must look up cottonwoods as I don’t think I’ve seen them. I’m not sure they are in Australia. Enjoy the cooler weather. I do enjoy Fall in the northern hemisphere.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Lisa they are beautiful aren’t they? Unfortunately, the blooms don’t last too long and then you have a carpet of lilac flowers but they a beautiful while they last.

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  1. Cathy Chester

    OMG they are stunningly gorgeous. I would sit under one all day long just to soak their beauty in. If our US election goes a certain way I may be moving near you and I’ll soak these beauties in!

    Thanks for sharing this post. The best thing I’ve witnessed all day! xo

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh you are welcome to come Cathy! These trees always make me feel that Summer is on the way and they are so peaceful.

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  2. Leanne

    We have them over in WA too and i love them – they remind me of the purple popcorn we used to get in those coloured popcorn bags when we were kids. They’re really messy trees to cleanup underneath if you own one, but great to look at if it’s not your responsibility!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes I’m all for them being in the parks Leanne so I don’t have to clean up the paths! They are gorgeous though and now I will look at them as if they were purple popcorn!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Jo! What a lovely way to describe them – ‘fairy flowers’. I just love this time of year and you know it is nearing the end of the year when the Jacarandas start to bloom. It will be Christmas before we know it!

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  3. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

    How gorgeous!!! I’ve heard a lot about the Jacaranda Festival through bloggers lately. Makes me want to take a trip to Grafton!
    Thanks for joining the Lovin’ Life Linky. I look forward to seeing you again next Thursday.
    #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes me too Leanne, I’ve never been to the Festival but I think it would be gorgeous. Especially if you didn’t have to clean up the fallen flowers – they are messy but beautiful. I’ll see you next week! #TeamLovinLife

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  4. Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project

    I love Jacarandas too Sue. I was lucky enough to grow up in Grafton and participated in many Jacaranda festivals – it’s an awesome time to visit the town. Whenever I see a tree in the area where I live now, I’m reminded of those times. Great memories! Visiting from #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh I love them too Lyndall and I’ve often thought it would be wonderful to attend the Jacaranda festival in Grafton – lucky you living there. I too think of the Jacaranda festival when I see them it is well known. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you next week at #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      They are stunning this year Jo and I’m seeing them everywhere. It is a gorgeous time of year although I think the Summer might be a hot one. Tomorrow is supposed to reach 34C in Brissie.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      They are just lovely Kathy. Everywhere in Brisbane they are blooming and they bring me such joy. We have an apartment at Surfers so might see you on my walk sometime when we are down there. Thanks for the opportunity to link up at #TeamLovinLife I hope to link up again next week.

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  5. Barbara Radisavljevic

    I love the photos of your Jacaranda trees. I have a few in my California area and in my yard. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite tree. I am grateful for the ones that provide food, such as my apple and walnut trees. I enjoy studying the oaks that surround me everywhere I go in my county. I delight in the beauty and fragrance of all the flowering trees we see in spring and summer. I wait each fall to see the various fruits and seeds the street trees produce when they have finished flowering.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thank you Barbara I’m so pleased you loved the photos. The jacarandas this year are just spectacular. I love all trees and we have some very old ones in the park across from where I live with beautiful strong trunks and roots protuding from the ground. I think Fall is gorgeous with the colours of the leaves and Spring flowering trees are stunning. I feel a warmth and joy whenever I see nature. Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh but I love NYC in the Fall Shari. We have only ever visited the US during October/November so always enjoyed ‘rugging’ up against the cold. I”ve never experienced snow there though so I suppose that could become tiring after the initial excitement wears off. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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  6. Rev

    They are so beautiful. I have never heard of jacarandas but would love to see them in Australia someday.
    Cheers from Dallas, TX! 🙂

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’m happy I could brighten your day Linda! Although, I’m strange I love Autumn/Winter in the UK, probably because I only experience it during holiday time.

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  7. Molly Stevens

    Gorgeous blossoms, Sue. We have spectacular flowering crab trees in Maine during the spring and are my favorites. Alas our blossoms are gone and we await snow to cover the drab landscape. Enjoy your lovely spring.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      They are beautiful this year Molly! I do enjoy your Fall and Winter although I’ve only ever visited on holidays. I’m sure it can get drab during the long winter months. Have a beautiful day!

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  8. Debbie Rodrigues

    I had no idea you had them in Australia too, Sue.
    They are beautiful, aren’t they?
    Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful images. Brought up good memories.
    Wishing you a lovely week.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Debbie thanks for stopping by! Yes they are stunning this year especially. You have a beautiful week too!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Michelle, I’m not sure where you are but we visited Quebec two years ago in November and yes it was boots and coats all the way but I loved it. We are actually experiencing very warm weather already – perhaps a long hot summer ahead.

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  9. [email protected]

    These trees are lovely and your photographs are fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Jan Wild

    I love the jacaranda. We had one when I was a child and my brothers whinged that it was always dropping flowers or leaves. True, but still beautiful. We have one in our garden but they are very slow to grow in Victoria.

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  11. Rowena

    Enjoyed your post and your photos blew me away.
    I went over to add my Jacaranda post to the link-up and spotted yours. We have a Jacaranda in our backyard and it’s in full bloom at the moment and stunning. I wrote a poem which sparked by trying to photograph the flowers in a gentle breeze and they were moving all over the place. https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/bird-in-our-backyard-bottlebrush-tree/
    One of my readers had fond memories of seeing them in Hawaii. That got me. Even though they’re not officially Australian, they do feel Australian to me.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.
    xx Rowena

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Rowena thanks for sharing your post as well and I will be reading your poem. Yes the Jacarandas are so beautiful they make me feel happy. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week. x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      No Margaretha I don’t think there is anything more stunning. I fill with happiness when I see them blooming.

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  12. Grammy

    Oh my goodness, just love that top photo, so pretty! Do the petals have an aroma? Thanks so much for joining in on our Blogging Grandmothers Link Party #2. We sure appreciate you partying with us!

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  13. Clearissa Coward

    Beautiful photos!! As we enter our winter here you are entering your summer and it’s beautiful to see the difference in our current scenery. Those lavender blooms are absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy your summer! Thank you for sharing with the Blogging Grandmothers. I hope you will join us again next week for our weekend party.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I think we are in for a very hot summer! The Jacarandas are just gorgeous this year. See you next week.

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