When the bloom of the jacaranda tree is here,
Christmas time is near.
I prefer Douglas Stewart's take:
Where, dancing with pale blue fire, the branches rear
And the dark twigs hold the sky up to the sky.
|At the University of Queensland|
|The University's Great Court|
The colour of the jacaranda is often debated. Are the flowers blue or purple? There is a lot of purple prejudice out there, but I am one of its staunchest defenders and feature it in the garden whenever I can.
|Cordyline - I think this one is a native variety.|
|This is one of my favorite daylilies 'Acacia Bella' in my front garden. I'm sure I saw it described somewhere as having a jacaranda eye zone.|
|Hardenbergia violacea This has sprung up mysteriously in my garden. I'm not sure if it is from the nearby bushland, or a remnant from previous owners. The most widely grown variety is called 'Happy Wanderer'.|
|A postscript to my previous post on star jasmine - here Morning Glory has infiltrated a garden bed. It might be the most terrible weed but the colour is divine, and, like the jacaranda, it hovers on the purple-blue cusp.|
|Purple foliage courtesy of one of the bromeliads Neoregelia concentrica|
Well, if you were purple phobic before, I hope I have convinced you of its beauty.