This is the time of year when the jacarandas flower in this city. It is quite magical.
Alas, I don’t have a jacaranda in my garden, but my neighbors do and theirs drops flowers just outside my bedroom.
In the 1930s and 40s, new mothers in Brisbane were sent home from hospital, not only with their new baby, but also a young Jacaranda tree. This may explain the number of these trees in Brisbane.
One of Brisbane’s most famous paintings is R. Godfrey Rivers’ Under the Jacaranda (1903).
Hearing my French friend being awestruck by jacarandas – their flowers fall in breezes like snow – is one of the nicer ways to spend a Spring morning.
Because they flower leading into exam time there is a superstition at The University of Queensland that if a flower falls on you you are about to fail an exam.