Garden Photography Challenge : Essence of Summer

In early summer, October and November in this part of the world, summer is heralded in with the glorious, flamboyant display from 2 trees, that to me, shout “summer is coming”.

Neither are natives, but they have been planted as street trees in many areas.

The lovely lavender shades of the Jacaranda mass planted are a joy to behold.


The display is only short-lived. Often wild winds will devastate the display and a carpet of leaves are all that is left.


The town of Grafton, about 300 kilometres south of here, is famous for its streets lined with these beautiful trees and each year they have a Jacaranda festival in early November. This year I am going to be there and have pre-booked accommodation. Expect many more Jacaranda photos then…

As the Jacaranda fades the vibrant Poinciana takes centre stage.


Our local shopping street has them featured. I also have a young one in my garden. As yet it has to come into full flower, maybe it will this year, it is now about 10 years old.


June has slipped by and this is the last of the “essence of summer” challenge from Jude, “earth laughs in flowers”. I have enjoyed remembering summer as winter is now biting down under, but the shortest day has been and gone and we are now on our way back to summer…

Next month we will be looking at the “edible garden”.

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28 thoughts on “Garden Photography Challenge : Essence of Summer

  1. Beautiful Pauline. I hope to see jacaranda trees sometime.

  2. Those two colours are so magnificent together. On the south coast it’s Illawarrs flame trees and jacarandas. We had a jacaranda over the sand pit when I was a kid, and I can still see in my mind a North Sydney street paved with purple flowers under a purple arch. Less appealingly, they are associated with memories of final exams – them and cicadas.

    • A neighbour has the Illawarra flame tree, they are magnificent too. In fact this year it has just finished flowering. Now you mention them I have not heard many cicadas this year

  3. I love both these trees, and your shots of them could easily be of suburban Nairobi, with less pot-holes perhaps 🙂

  4. those are stunning, we do not get such vibrant flowered trees in this part of Canada, 3rd shot where you see it fanning out.. just lovely, have you got a picture of the young one in your garden?

    • Yes I do somewhere!!! The last 2 years it has started flowering but only patchy, maybe this year will be better, then I will have LOTS of photos to show and tell… 🙂

  5. Oh, wonderful, Pauline! I Love Jacaranda, but always seem to miss out on the best time…Your first shot is absolutely gorgeous. The other tree I’m not sure i have seen, but your shots are gorgeous.

  6. How glorious are those Jacaranda!

  7. Stunning trees, both of them and I have a particular fondness for the Jacaranda – will always remind me of Pretoria and Johannesburg where the trees lined the streets in the suburbs. I shall look forward to your visit to Grafton 🙂

    • Unfortunately they only have a very short flowering period, but stunning when en-masse. I’m looking forward to Grafton, it has been on my to do list forever…

  8. I remember flying into Melbourne a few years back and looking down to see entire purple suburbs! It was amazing. Jacaranda are so pretty 😀

  9. what vibrant and stunning colors!

  10. I’ve never seen a jacaranda in flower and new heard of a Poinciana, what beauties Pauline, thank you!

    • Come November I’m hoping to be overwhelmed with lots of Jacaranda. Maybe my Poinciana will flower this year and I will be at home to see it.

  11. Those trees are spell binding what beautiful colours! Wow and Wow again. Looking forward to seeing more of these Pauline x

  12. Vibrant beauties, Pauline. Lovely.

  13. Glorious!

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