Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Sky: Jacaranda watch - week 4

But first, given it's been pouring rain today (albeit without thunder and lightning), a musical interlude (I'll provide the words, you provide the tune):
Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens (that one's for you, Alwen!)
Pancakes for breakfast
And tall spiky flowers
Jasmine flowering over the verandah...

These are a few of my favourite things!


Now, back to that jacaranda...I thought I was going to have to disappoint you all but when I went out to take today's photo, I found purple flowers on the uppermost branches!
You still can't really see them in the photo, but trust me they are there.
Soon enough, the ground will be carpeted with the purple flowers too!


Bells said...

oh what a cute post - except for that whole Banana thing. I'm just going to ignore that.

I love raindrops on roses - perfect photo!

missfee said...

kittens, pancakes(with maple syrup I hope) and flowers - love love love the rose - please take a photo when it blooms!!!!

Leonie said...

There's one across the road from me that looks about ready to burst into flower and one of the main roads nearby has them all along it's length, I can't wait to see them all in bloom, so beautiful! Oh and the pancakes with bananas and (maple syrup?)....yummo!!

jp said...

The Jacaranda's in the inner west were all a glow yesterday and I thought of your blog.

We ducked into the Marketown at Leichhardt and you can see them all in bloom dotted allover the suburb from the rooftop car park.

I love the view from the Ferry coming into the wharf at Birchrgrove for the same reason at this time of year. You look up to be greated by what seems like a hundred Jacaranda in bloom as you look up the hill toward the horizon.

Linda said...

Love the kitty whiskers and the tree flowering!

MadMad said...

What pretty pics! Your yard is looking spectacular!

Suse said...

I just found the picture I was thinking about for you:

knitabulous said...

I'm like JP - I think of you every time I see the flowering Jacaranda. It's birthday time for us when the Jacaranda blooms (used to be exam time too, but not for years now).

Come on RR's Jacaranda, get a wriggle on..

Roxie said...

The Navahos call it a female rain. Patient, quiet, steady and helpful. The storms with thunder, lightening, wind and torrential downpours are called male rains.

What is your china pattern? That pancake plate is beautiful!

Such splendid photos. Go, Jacarandas! Go!

Alwen said...

Oh, that's great! It will be months before I see another rosebud outdoors. Now I'll be hearing Julie Andrews in my head all day.

Em said...

Hmm, I think once the menfolk go out to breakfast themselves, it's time for me to make some pancakes. Yours look so perfect. I hear that pancakes with bananas foster is an amazing breakfast, but I'm still a little intimidated by any food I'm supposed to set on fire.

Great picture post, especially with the kitty. Everything's better with a kitteh.

Kate said...

I love banana pancakes! Yummy breakfast, and the kitten is adorable. There are rose bushes out front of Patrick's grandmother's house, so I always get to see them blooming early in the morning.
And you know, I've never heard of jacarandas before you started posting about them.

Miss Fi said...

Fav things indeed!

My bad. Acanthus not icanthus. Sorry Wicked J.

A horticultural survivor from Ancient Greek and Roman times, Acanthus mollis is one of the great garden plants. It was so highly regarded in the ancient world that a motif shaped like an acanthus leaf was used to decorate the tops of Corinthian columns.

Plant details
Common name: Oyster Plant

Botanic name: Acanthus mollis

Description: An evergreen, soft wooded perennial which grows in an upright clump to about 1 metre x 1 metre (3'x3'). The dark green, glossy leaves are lobed and toothed. Purple and white flowers appear on tall, erect spikes from November to January.

Best climate: Acanthus will grow in most areas of Australia, except for inland zones.

Best look: foliage plant planted in shady areas or under deciduous trees container or indoor plant cut or dried flower arrangements

Good points: dramatic and long lasting spires of purple and white flowers grows in sun or shade handsome, deeply cut dark green leaves almost indestructible

Downside: The leaves are very attractive to slugs, snails and leaf-eating insects. The explosive pods scatter seed over a wide area and the plant will grow from any piece of root, so acanthus can become a garden pest.

Care: Acanthus can be grown in sun or part shade, and prefers a deep, moist soil. Mulch well, and never allow the plant to dry out. Snail bait is necessary, particularly in wet weather. Remove dead leaves and spent flower stems.

TinkingBell said...

Lovely! and I envy you the lovely jacarandas!

Geek Knitter said...

Oh, I love jasmine!

2paw said...

Thank you for the lovely song and the beautiful pictures. I think we have jacarandas here, though I am not sure, NOT having a green thumb, very ironically!!!

Lynne said...

Thanks for sharing your pictorial Sunday!