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