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Thursday, 11 April 2013

J is For Jacaranda

So today's previously unknown word is:

jacaranda n a tropical American tree with sweet-smelling wood and pale purple flowers [from a Native American language]

The second I saw the word purple (my favourite colour) I had to find a photo of a jacaranda tree - it's soooo pretty! :)

I want one!

Which is a shame as it sounds as though it is really difficult to grow them in the UK - so I probably can't have one! Unless I move to a hotter country or something...

That's my exclamation mark quota all used up so I guess I'll just have to keep looking out of the window at my other favourite blossoming tree - cherry blossom... which is also soooo pretty.

This is the cherry blossom tree in my garden but it doesn't look quite like this at the moment as it has only just started to flower (actually it started to flower just before the last snowfall - poor confused cherry blossom). We actually have two of these trees but the second one doesn't blossom until about two weeks after this one finishes - weird huh?

So there we are jacaranda trees (and cherry blossom too :) ).

8 comments:

Jo said...

I love jacarandas, they grow in the south so have seen them many times.

Didn't realise you were in the UK Chippy. Whereabouts?

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

DL Shackleford said...

What a beautiful tree! I have never seen nor heard of the jacarandas, guess it's too cold where I live too. Right now the cherry blossoms are out.

Morgan Katz said...

This is so pretty! Lovely picture!

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My Moms a Whack Job said...

That tree is beautiful!!

Chippy said...

@ Jo - I am in Yorkshire... so probably too cold for Jacaranda trees - maybe if I lived in Cornwall or on the Channel Islands I could give it a whirl.

Or maybe I could get a greenhouse big enough to grow a tree in...

Jo said...

Well you could start with a small greenhouse and keep extending it to fit the size of the tree!!

I was born in Cheshire although lived most of my UK life in Kent.

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Jodie Humphrey said...

What a pretty tree! As it apparently has sweet smelling wood I wonder if you can get jacaranda scented incense? Then you could burn some and pretend you had a tree :)

sunday visitor said...

Nice post, I'm so glad to have discovered your blog through this challenge and I like to learn the new words that you blog about.