|This is our street|
But the signs of spring, an Australian spring, are still around.
|They are lovely shade trees too, once they have their leaves.|
Just as I love being surprised in Japan by the subtle pink flowered tree in random places around the city, it is the same with the Jacarandas. This is their time of the year to shine. Even better than sakura, they flower for longer than just a few days, several week. They also carpet the ground with their fallen flowers.
It is a common story at uni that if you haven't begun to study for your year-end exams by the time the jacaranda are blooming, you're in trouble.
|I took this from the overpass at our local train station. I just love how|
the trees stand out in spring. (Sorry, dodgy Smart Phone photo.)
|That's our driveway.|
|Australian Silky Oak in our neighbours yard.|
|The Australian Silky Oak leaves when|
they've dried up on our driveway.
The tree I wasn't so familiar with the name of is (I think) the Australian Silky Oak, part of the Grevillea family. I'm familiar with its leaves, they drop everywhere and make an awful mess. But I wasn't aware that they flowered beautifully in the spring, with orange flowers.
I never was a gardening-kind of person. Despite growing up with a mum who loved her garden. However, moving between countries has heightened my appreciation of the different flora in different countries. Spring is much more subtle in Australia because most of the trees are evergreens. But if you've eyes to notice, the signs are there.