Saturday, October 18, 2008

Stray Gifts

“Pleasure is spread through the earth in stray gifts to be claimed by whoever may find them " William Wordsworth

Jacaranda flowers in streets of Grafton NSW are this week’s stray gifts. The Jacaranda tree might be a native of South America but it grows really well in northern NSW.

In the 1870s Grafton town council invested in seedlings to line ALL of their streets with graceful shade trees with the added bonus of a floral display celebrating spring in the southern hemisphere.

Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival celebrates spring as well as being Australia’s oldest floral celebration and largest & oldest collection of jacca’s in the country. Every single street pretty much looks like this, big beautiful shade trees that shower purple flowers in spring.
A beautiful sight in this little country town.

Sky Watch Friday is the best fun, check the link to see what bloggers from around the world are sharing this week.

Yellow Tabebuia‏ is one of the other trees that flower at this time of year, nice compliment to the purple haze of Jacca time.

Sarah of the Beach Cottage in sunny beachside Sydney is hosting a give away this week. Click the link and check out her blog full of fun ideas on creatively recycling but get a cup of tea first, you could be there a while.

Then look into the Bloggy Give Away Parties all kinds of fun things going on over there.

Another Melissa Frances project from a recent class. Aren’t these kids the cutest?


Rosezilla said...

How gorgeous! My mom had a lavendar jacaranda, but she lost it in Hurricane Charley. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely! I don't think I've seen jacaranda trees before. SWF is wonderful for letting us see other parts of the world.. scenery, flora and fauna. Thanks for sharing.

Dewdrop said...

How beautiful! My favorite color is purple, so I would love to just walk down this lane! Wonderful!!

Photo Cache said...

Oh my goodness, I love jacarandas. There's not much around here, but I was hoping there's going to be a skywatch that includes them. Thank you. Oh I love this shot.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

WOW! So that's what jacaranda look like? Nice!
Happy Sky Watch!

babooshka said...

Through blogging I have fallen in love with these trees,but these images are something else again. The lilac hues running throughout are sensational.

Alison Gibbs said...

How stunning the jacarandas are.

Sharon said...

It's just so beautiful. Our neighbour has one that hangs over our back fence. I love it but the sweeping up is a pain :-) Thanks for sharing


Gill - That British Woman said...

they are so beautiful, I love the colour.

Gill in Canada

Ann said...

I love jacarandas, they should be coming out here before long.

Louise said...

So, so beautiful! And you know all of us Northern Hemisphere people are jealous, right?

Suzanne said...

A very lovely photo. How nice it would be to take a walk down this street.

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Beautiful! I love jacarandas. We have them here in Hawaii, too. When they are in bloom like this they look like lavender clouds.

People with Cameras said...

So, so pretty!

PJ said...

Wow! I've heard of jacarandas but had no idea they were so lovely. It must be wonderful to be around them when they're blooming.

Sue McGettigan said...

Oh the Jacarandas! We have them all along our street in So. Cal too, and I'm always telling everyone who'll listen (and those that don't) that it's an Australian native - yikes :) Whatever, it makes me feel 'at home' to have those trees blooming in our street, right now they are in sleep mode.

Woody said...

Great Photo, I love the pretty colors...

Anonymous said...

I love these trees. They are just the most fantastic colour.

Kay said...

Wow! I've never seen a jacaranda tree before, I think... but they are absolutely beautiful! How lucky you are. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photo.

Mary said...

oh, that is SO pretty! everything is yellow and red and orange and brown in my neck of the woods... happy swf. :)

Bradley Myers said...

It looks like a very beautiful place and you captured it well. Looks like a great place for a romantic ride in a carriage with a loved one.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Those trees are stunning. Enjoyed your photo.

fishing guy said...

Pearl: The purple flowering trees are lovely and put on a neat show against the blue sky. I remember this tree from when I visited Costa Rica and was always impressed.

April said...

What a magnificent display of colour! Beautiful spring blossoms and blue sky - can't beat that!

leslie said...

Oh I love this! So beautiful and I'm so envious you're in spring now! I hate winter here!

Kahshe Cottager said...

How beautiful Mandy! It looks to be a lovely place to stroll and enjoy the blue sky. Have a wonderful weekend.

My SkyWatch is at Views From My Camera

kari and kijsa said...

Absolutely beautiful!!
Happy Saturday blessings
kari & kijsa

Laura ~Peach~ said...

what a beautiful street... I love the purple blooms... wonderful spring sky watch!

Tea and Margaritas in My Garden said...

Really beautiful! Thanks for popping over for a visit :)


Shirley Fyfe said...

Absolutely gorgeous Mandy! The colour you've captured is just stunning!

senovia said...

Just stopping by from 2Peas to say hi! Have a wonderful day!

FrostingsNSparkles said...

Oh my goodness, those are just beautiful trees! Great pictures!!

Titania said...

A wonderful show. I have lived many years in the area and every year it was a delight to see and breath this mauve cloud.
A lovely photo. Thank you for reminding me it is Jacaranda time in Grafton, lots of festivities and fun. I have planted some in my garden and planted some along my neighbours driveway with their permission, that was many years ago so they are in flower too.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I love this lavender tree, never seen one like this...lovely.

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

My Hubby loves Jacarandas and planted one in our first home It is now HUGE!!
It grew fast and looked beautiful.
How funny is this but my verification word is "frown"

Anonymous said...

Wow, a trip down memory lane!
I hail from Johannesburg where so many streets are lined with beautiful Jacarandas, as is Pretoria, nicknamed "Jacaranda City".

Ooh, I'm recalling the smell, the display and those popping sounds as cars drive over the lavender carpet of fallen flowers.

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Storybook Woods said...

Mandy, your top photo is so stunning. Clarice