Monday, May 18, 2009

In Love With Jacarandas






With it being spring and planting season, I am completely inspired by the breathtaking beauty of all the flowering trees on the market today. I am looking for a pretty tree for my front yard and looking at all the trees out there brought a special memory back to me of a wonderful place with the most spectacular flowering trees that I have ever seen. One of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited is Grafton, NSW, Australia, where they have the Jacaranda Festival every year during the end of October and the first week of November. These gorgeous trees grow in subtropic and tropical climates and are originally from Brazil. They now grow in several tropical climes in the world including Africa and Australia.

I have been fortunate enough to visit Australia numerous times and attending the Jacaranda Festival in Grafton was a fabulous time that I will never forget. The entire small city of Grafton is surrounded in a sea of purple for weeks and when the blossoms start to fall an entire carpet of beautiful blooms surround your feet in a haze of lavender.

I only wish that living in Utah could afford me the pleasure of planting these striking trees in my yard. So many lovely things exist in other parts of the world that we can only visit from time to time or see in photographs, books or on television. I only know that if they could be planted here, my back yard would covered in purple from head to toe. ~Stacy~ *Photos Courtesy of Grafton Jacaranda Festival, Grafton, NSW, Australia*

11 comments:

FitToSeeJane said...

That is just gorgeous. We have lovely blossoms here in the northwst, like I posted a few days ago. But nothing purple like this in a tree size. Isn't it fabulous!

Linda B said...

WOW! These are so beautiful and I never knew about them! Thank you so much for sharing:)

The Spanish Dahlia said...

Pics are breathtaking, I've never seen anything like that! It really looks like a sea of purple. The flowering almond is also so beautiful. I planted the exact tree in my front yard 3 years ago and it's already bloomed for me. The bloom lasted only a few days, but it is so worth the wait all winter long! Thank you for the lovely posts, and yes, I had the "best" Mother's Day ever! The only part missing was being able to take my mom out for brunch at Fandangos restaraunt in Monterey, Calif. However, she loved the hydrangea floral arranegment I had sent to her. Maybe one day, we will be together so I can pamper her for Mother's Day. Hope that you are well and at peace friend.
~ Stephanie

jeni said...

What a stunning place! I am in awe. I think I need to save this to my favorites photos if that's ok. Thanks for sharing. I have always loved purple.

Alison Gibbs said...

What wonderful photos. The jacaranda is so beautiful when in bloom
Alison

Chrisy said...

We have jacarandas just like those in New Farm Park here in Brisbane also in Australia...just exquisite...I always open the sunroof on the car and drive around the circular drive there with a purple sky overhead...You photos are beautiful...they have a real 3d quality...

Toni said...

Stunning photography, Stacy! WOW! That must have been awesome to view these elegant trees in bloom! I can see why you were featured in Artful Blogging!

Suze said...

I grew up in So. California and we had two Jacaranda trees on our parkway. So lovely when they were in full bloom and I use to love the "popping" sound the flowers that landed on our sidewalk would make as I rode my bike over them. These trees are still all over so. California today so you don't have to go too far to see them...only about ten hours!...and you can visit Disneyland while your there too~

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Stacy, Wow- This is unbelievable, It looks like another world it is so BREATHTAKING. What beautiful trees. I'm with you all the way- I would have them in my yard too. To bad they only grow in tropical climates.

Great Post!

Cindy said...

A very peaceful street with amazing trees, and the your music I'm listening to while going down the street puts me in a peaceful state and makes me happy and make me appreciate this time in my life.

Thank you Cindy G "thelittlerockingchair.blogspot.com

Fabulously Shabby said...

That is amazing, I wish my town was that beautiful!!