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Jacarandas are blooming

November 4, 2016
Jacarandas are bloomng

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.

Jacaranda trees

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.

Jacaranda 1

Jacaranda flowers


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

What is your favourite tree?

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  • Reply Toni McCloe November 4, 2016 at 07:10

    They are so beautiful! I guess you are getting to summer while up here winter is coming. Keep us posted on your wonderful season.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 08:55

      Hi Toni yes almost Summer here and it is certainly warming up. I do love winter in the Northern Hemisphere but will be keeping you posted on Spring/Summer in Australia. Thanks for visiting.

  • Reply Carol Cassara November 4, 2016 at 08:21

    They’re just beautiful. Right now I am in Santa Fe enjoying the cottonwoods, that are fall lovely.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 08:56

      They are gorgeous Carol. I must look up cottonwoods as I don’t think I’ve seen them. I’m not sure they are in Australia. Enjoy the cooler weather. I do enjoy Fall in the northern hemisphere.

  • Reply Lisa Carpenter November 4, 2016 at 09:24

    Oh my goodness! How truly breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you for sharing. We have no such trees in Colorado. Amazing! (Great shots!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 12:35

      Hi Lisa they are beautiful aren’t they? Unfortunately, the blooms don’t last too long and then you have a carpet of lilac flowers but they a beautiful while they last.

  • Reply Cathy Chester November 4, 2016 at 10:58

    OMG they are stunningly gorgeous. I would sit under one all day long just to soak their beauty in. If our US election goes a certain way I may be moving near you and I’ll soak these beauties in!

    Thanks for sharing this post. The best thing I’ve witnessed all day! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 12:35

      Oh you are welcome to come Cathy! These trees always make me feel that Summer is on the way and they are so peaceful.

  • Reply Leanne November 4, 2016 at 13:20

    We have them over in WA too and i love them – they remind me of the purple popcorn we used to get in those coloured popcorn bags when we were kids. They’re really messy trees to cleanup underneath if you own one, but great to look at if it’s not your responsibility!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 15:10

      Yes I’m all for them being in the parks Leanne so I don’t have to clean up the paths! They are gorgeous though and now I will look at them as if they were purple popcorn!

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt November 4, 2016 at 13:26

    What beautiful trees! I see these all over San Diego when I’m there in spring!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 15:10

      I didn’t realise they were in San Diego Terri but I think they are one of my favourite trees.

  • Reply Jo Tracey November 4, 2016 at 14:12

    They’re a fave of mine too. When our daughter was little she used to call them fairy flowers- I think she still does. Fabulous photos…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 15:11

      Hi Jo! What a lovely way to describe them – ‘fairy flowers’. I just love this time of year and you know it is nearing the end of the year when the Jacarandas start to bloom. It will be Christmas before we know it!

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit November 4, 2016 at 14:40

    How gorgeous!!! I’ve heard a lot about the Jacaranda Festival through bloggers lately. Makes me want to take a trip to Grafton!
    Thanks for joining the Lovin’ Life Linky. I look forward to seeing you again next Thursday.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 15:13

      Yes me too Leanne, I’ve never been to the Festival but I think it would be gorgeous. Especially if you didn’t have to clean up the fallen flowers – they are messy but beautiful. I’ll see you next week! #TeamLovinLife

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project November 4, 2016 at 15:00

    I love Jacarandas too Sue. I was lucky enough to grow up in Grafton and participated in many Jacaranda festivals – it’s an awesome time to visit the town. Whenever I see a tree in the area where I live now, I’m reminded of those times. Great memories! Visiting from #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 15:09

      Oh I love them too Lyndall and I’ve often thought it would be wonderful to attend the Jacaranda festival in Grafton – lucky you living there. I too think of the Jacaranda festival when I see them it is well known. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you next week at #TeamLovinLife

  • Reply Jo ~ Lifestyle Fifty November 4, 2016 at 15:20

    Wow, they are so beautiful. Ours aren’t yet out in Perth, we must be late. I always remember jacarandas in South Africa too … such a beautiful time of year. #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 17:07

      They are stunning this year Jo and I’m seeing them everywhere. It is a gorgeous time of year although I think the Summer might be a hot one. Tomorrow is supposed to reach 34C in Brissie.

  • Reply Kathy Marris November 4, 2016 at 15:55

    They are superb flowers Sue. I have been snapping photos of Jacarandas all over the Gold Coast too!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 17:10

      They are just lovely Kathy. Everywhere in Brisbane they are blooming and they bring me such joy. We have an apartment at Surfers so might see you on my walk sometime when we are down there. Thanks for the opportunity to link up at #TeamLovinLife I hope to link up again next week.

  • Reply Barbara Radisavljevic November 4, 2016 at 16:01

    I love the photos of your Jacaranda trees. I have a few in my California area and in my yard. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite tree. I am grateful for the ones that provide food, such as my apple and walnut trees. I enjoy studying the oaks that surround me everywhere I go in my county. I delight in the beauty and fragrance of all the flowering trees we see in spring and summer. I wait each fall to see the various fruits and seeds the street trees produce when they have finished flowering.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 4, 2016 at 17:12

      Thank you Barbara I’m so pleased you loved the photos. The jacarandas this year are just spectacular. I love all trees and we have some very old ones in the park across from where I live with beautiful strong trunks and roots protuding from the ground. I think Fall is gorgeous with the colours of the leaves and Spring flowering trees are stunning. I feel a warmth and joy whenever I see nature. Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Shari Eberts November 4, 2016 at 22:33

    Absolutely beautiful and refreshing to see, especially here in NYC where the leaves are beginning to fall from the trees. Enjoy spring!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2016 at 10:52

      Oh but I love NYC in the Fall Shari. We have only ever visited the US during October/November so always enjoyed ‘rugging’ up against the cold. I”ve never experienced snow there though so I suppose that could become tiring after the initial excitement wears off. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

  • Reply Rev November 5, 2016 at 06:20

    They are so beautiful. I have never heard of jacarandas but would love to see them in Australia someday.
    Cheers from Dallas, TX! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2016 at 10:55

      Come on over Rev and I can show you these beautiful blooms! 🙂

  • Reply Linda Hobden November 5, 2016 at 09:38

    Beautiful photos of beautiful jacarandas! ? Thanks for brightening up a
    wet Autumn/Winter day here in the UK!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2016 at 10:56

      I’m happy I could brighten your day Linda! Although, I’m strange I love Autumn/Winter in the UK, probably because I only experience it during holiday time.

  • Reply Molly Stevens November 7, 2016 at 10:37

    Gorgeous blossoms, Sue. We have spectacular flowering crab trees in Maine during the spring and are my favorites. Alas our blossoms are gone and we await snow to cover the drab landscape. Enjoy your lovely spring.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2016 at 11:01

      They are beautiful this year Molly! I do enjoy your Fall and Winter although I’ve only ever visited on holidays. I’m sure it can get drab during the long winter months. Have a beautiful day!

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues November 7, 2016 at 22:41

    I had no idea you had them in Australia too, Sue.
    They are beautiful, aren’t they?
    Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful images. Brought up good memories.
    Wishing you a lovely week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2016 at 20:19

      Hi Debbie thanks for stopping by! Yes they are stunning this year especially. You have a beautiful week too!

  • Reply Betty Louise Davenport November 8, 2016 at 04:14

    We don’t have Jacarandas here but I have seen them our visit to California and feel they sre one of the most beautiful flowering trees I have seen.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2016 at 20:19

      They are gorgeous Betty and the flowers are so delicate I just love them.

  • Reply Michelle Schurman November 8, 2016 at 17:09

    Wow, these are stunning. It’s so interesting to me that you are experiencing spring, while here in Canada, we are getting our winter boots and coats ready.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 8, 2016 at 20:25

      Hi Michelle, I’m not sure where you are but we visited Quebec two years ago in November and yes it was boots and coats all the way but I loved it. We are actually experiencing very warm weather already – perhaps a long hot summer ahead.

  • Reply November 9, 2016 at 07:49

    These trees are lovely and your photographs are fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:21

      Hi Maria so pleased you enjoyed the photographs. The trees are gorgeous this year.

  • Reply Jan Wild November 9, 2016 at 08:46

    I love the jacaranda. We had one when I was a child and my brothers whinged that it was always dropping flowers or leaves. True, but still beautiful. We have one in our garden but they are very slow to grow in Victoria.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:21

      Yes they can be messy Jan but their beauty makes up for that I think.

  • Reply Janice Wald November 9, 2016 at 14:09

    Hi Sue,
    Your photo is beautiful, but I have a brown thumb.
    Thanks for bringing your post to Blogger’s Pit Stop
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:21

      Yes I have a brown thumb too Janice and captured these while on a walk.

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville November 10, 2016 at 11:48

    One of my favourite trees, I adore them! Such pretty photographs xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:23

      They are gorgeous aren’t they Mackenzie!

  • Reply Rowena November 10, 2016 at 13:18

    Enjoyed your post and your photos blew me away.
    I went over to add my Jacaranda post to the link-up and spotted yours. We have a Jacaranda in our backyard and it’s in full bloom at the moment and stunning. I wrote a poem which sparked by trying to photograph the flowers in a gentle breeze and they were moving all over the place.
    One of my readers had fond memories of seeing them in Hawaii. That got me. Even though they’re not officially Australian, they do feel Australian to me.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.
    xx Rowena

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:25

      Hi Rowena thanks for sharing your post as well and I will be reading your poem. Yes the Jacarandas are so beautiful they make me feel happy. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Rowena November 10, 2016 at 13:21

    Oops. Just noticed I added the wrong link:
    The other post shows a Rainbow Lorrikeet feasting on our red bottlebrush tree. While a common site around here, its exotic overseas.
    xx Rowena

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:25

      Oh I love Rainbow Lorrikeets but they are noisy when they all get together!

  • Reply Carol Cassara November 10, 2016 at 22:53

    These are absolutely stunning. Another good reason to visit.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:34

      Yes come on over you would love Australia I’m sure!

  • Reply Margaretha Montagu November 11, 2016 at 02:19

    Is there any sight more breathtaking than that of Jacarandas in full bloom? Reminds me of Pretoria, in South Africa.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:35

      No Margaretha I don’t think there is anything more stunning. I fill with happiness when I see them blooming.

  • Reply candy November 13, 2016 at 09:11

    Such beautiful trees and the entire photo is beautiful. Winter coming here. Thank you for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2016 at 07:55

      They are so beautiful Candy and they make me feel happy.

  • Reply Grammy November 13, 2016 at 11:17

    Oh my goodness, just love that top photo, so pretty! Do the petals have an aroma? Thanks so much for joining in on our Blogging Grandmothers Link Party #2. We sure appreciate you partying with us!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2016 at 07:59

      They have a slight perfume Michele but their beauty is beyond compare I think. See you next week.

  • Reply Clearissa Coward November 13, 2016 at 13:01

    Beautiful photos!! As we enter our winter here you are entering your summer and it’s beautiful to see the difference in our current scenery. Those lavender blooms are absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy your summer! Thank you for sharing with the Blogging Grandmothers. I hope you will join us again next week for our weekend party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2016 at 08:05

      I think we are in for a very hot summer! The Jacarandas are just gorgeous this year. See you next week.

  • Reply Melinda Mitchell November 14, 2016 at 14:33

    sigh, so so stunning!! Purple is my fave color, so I could look at these all day!!
    blogging Grandmothers

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2016 at 08:11

      They are stunning aren’t they Melinda

  • Reply amommasview November 15, 2016 at 10:07

    They are so very beautiful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2016 at 08:12

      Thank you!

  • Reply Carolyn Lingenfelter November 19, 2016 at 03:28

    Stunning photos. I have never seen jacarandas in full bloom. We don’t have them in northeast Ohio where I live. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 21, 2016 at 08:17

      I just had to post them Carolyn as they were extra special this year. So pleased you enjoyed them

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