My Purple Blanket

The jacaranda trees are in full bloom now, indicating the turn from winter to spring! They are absolutely beautiful! Flowering purple trees everywhere! We happen to have one in our front yard. Every morning I wake up to a purple blanket on my lawn. Beautiful…just not fun to rake!

A fun little tidbit I found on Wikipedia:
Pretoria in South Africa is popularly known as The Jacaranda City due to the enormous number of Jacaranda trees planted as street trees and in parks and gardens. In flowering time the city appears blue/purple in colour when seen from the nearby hills because of all the Jacaranda trees. The time of year the Jacarandas bloom in Pretoria, coincide with the year-end exams at the University of Pretoria and legend has it that if a flower from the Jacaranda tree drops on your head, you will pass all your exams. Other towns and cities in South Africa have Jacaranda trees, but none produce such a show as that of Pretoria.”

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