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Early summer in Australia


By kowhai


Am in second week in Oz, having spent the w/end with friends in Sydney. Here in Brisbane, the jacaranda has peaked, having been at its best on my arrival about ten days ago. Evidently there is a saying at universities in Queensland: if you haven’t started revising by the time the jacaranda comes into flower, you’ll fail! (End of year exams start next week, I think.)

My friend’s garden in Sydney has lots of jasmine in bloom, filling the garden with a lovely scent. Their cliveas have already flowered! (I took mine in for the winter just before leaving the UK.) It’s quite odd having such a topsy turvy garden experience.

Today it’s Melbourne Cup day. Flowers aren’t the focus of attention, other than on women’s hats!

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Wow what wonderful colours, that blue is fantastic, I'm now green, with envy.

2 Nov, 2010


I love that mauve tree.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday

2 Nov, 2010


oh wow that is fantastic ~ is it the blue jacaradas making that landscape such a picture ~ not one we would get here though!
im impressed that students in sydney know which tree is which ~ not sure they do here!
they have the jacaradas in seville ~ just beautiful
thanks for your pictures ~ you made today a bit brighter!

2 Nov, 2010


Beautiful pictures, amazing colour

2 Nov, 2010


Gorgeous pics :o)

2 Nov, 2010


What a wonderful sight with multiples of Jacaranda. You seem to be having a great time and in spring I can imagine the flowers are bursting into life (assuming Australia's spring season is like ours...everything wakes up and begins to spurt into growth/flower).

It's a very dull, wet day here in my part of the UK so it was very nice to find your lovely photos to cheer us up :)

2 Nov, 2010


its horrible here too, these photos are doing a good job!

2 Nov, 2010


Yes, the blue is quite unbelievable. Being here at this time of year is a real bonus. The spring here isn't quite like ours, as the winter in Qld isn't at all like our winter. In fact, the winter is when a lot of things are at their best, because the summers here really are very hot, so temperate plants just wilt. Glad the pix provided some cheer. Mind you, the autumn colours are something to be grateful for, and in this part of Australia, there really isn't anything that's equivalent. So, there are benefits of living in England, but at this time of year in Queensland, it isn't so easy to see what those benefits might be!

3 Nov, 2010


Great pictures :o) I recognise all the plants, being a native Sydneysider myself - but those jacarandas are up there with the best I've seen this season! Well captured.....

25 Nov, 2010

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