This one grows on the pavement outside our garden, so we have been able to enjoy the beautiful purple-mauve blossoms of the Jacaranda – a colour that is very difficult to capture accurately on film.
Jacarandas were brought to South Africa from Argentina in about 1880 for ornamental purposes – particularly for public spaces, such as streets. Those planted along our street look their best when they are in full bloom at this time of the year and carpet the ground underneath them with their lovely blossoms.
Here is a better view of them – the ones on the left-hand side of the street are Brazilian Pepper trees.
The carpet of flowers look very pretty early in the morning, before vehicles have driven over and squished them.
Jacarandas have been planted as street trees in town too. The dark shapes you can see in these trees are seed pods that have already formed.