SAMI'S COLOURFULWORLD

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Miracles of Spring - Jacarandas in bloom



Jacarandas are native to Brasil and Argentina, but can be seen in many countries like Zimbabwe, South Africa, (with Pretoria being known as the Jacaranda City) and some Asian countries, as well as Australia. Brisbane was home to the first Jacaranda trees in 1864, which were planted in the city's Botanic gardens.
In Perth, many of the older suburbs have streets lined with Jacaranda trees, which start blooming each Spring and well into Summer with their trademark purple blossoms.
At the blooming season ends, the grounds under the trees are carpeted with purple blossoms.




The southern suburb of Applecross, even holds an annual Jacaranda Festival in November, which happened today, the 21st. I didn't go as it was a very hot day and I was feeling a bit tired, maybe next year!
The Jacaranda festival is held in Ardross Street, organised by the Rotary Club of Applecross, and has many stalls selling food, honey, nuts, Christmas cakes, jams, plants, arts and crafts, candles and green products. Entry is by gold coin donation ($1 or $2) which goes towards charitable organisations.

There's also entertainment and activities for children like face-painting, bouncing castle, clowns, etc. 

Photo taken last week


Hope you enjoyed the purple blooms and hopefully next year I'll be able to pay the Festival a visit!
Tomorrow we'll be going to the World of Food Festival where there will be a Portuguese food stall!  Hope they have something nice...

13 comments:

  1. Sami, gostei muito de ver os jacarandás em flor aí na Austrália. Recordou-me que também aqui hão-de florescer em Maio. Beijos desde Portugal.
    Ana

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    1. Obrigada pela visita Ana. Engracado que nao me recordo de ver jacarandas por ai, mas penso que antes de ser blogger nao notava certas coisas que noto agora!
      Beijinhos.

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  2. The Jacarandas looked fabulous today Sami. Aimee and I went to the festival, soooo many people, and it was pretty hot, but still very much worth the trip just to see the trees.

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    1. Oh, now I'm sorry I didn't go! If I knew I would have company I would have made the effort, but my husband didn't want to go out either...

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  3. Awww, I so love those trees! We have Australian trees in our botanical garden, sadly none of those.
    Looks like it was really packed and with lots of kid´s stuff, that´s what I sure miss here, too... Beautiful pics and nice info on the trees, too - didn´t know all that!

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    1. Thanks Iris. They are beautiful when flowering.

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  4. Hi Sami
    You're having a fantastic week from Neil Diamond to Food Festivals, no wonder you needed a day inside out of the heat. Those Jacaranda trees are awesome, we don't seem to have anything like that round here but the spring flowers are gorgeous at the moment (she says sneezing!) Hope you enhoy some lovely Portuguese food today!
    Wren x

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    1. Thanks Wren. Just arrived home from the food festival. Some lovely food, but a very hot day again!

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  5. Dearest Sami,
    What lovely Jacaranda photos! Yes, we were in Pretoria, did not know it was called Jacaranda City!
    It is such a feast for the eye, one of my most favorite blooming trees in the world. In México we have seen some beautiful ones and also in Spain and even here in the Miami, Florida region...
    ENJOY for as long as they last.
    Smart for creating a Jacaranda Festival; a very good reason for doing so.
    Pieter my husband is a long time Rotarian as well.
    Hugs and happy weekend.
    Mariette

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    1. I agree that a Jacaranda festival is great to celebrate all that beauty. Good on your husband for being a Rotarian.

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  6. Wonderful trees those Jacaranda, I like the name aswell.

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