Something which pleases me greatly about our new house is that we have a jacaranda tree in our backyard. Jacarandas are native to South America, but you'd be forgiven for thinking they are Australian natives by the number you see in Sydney (especially on the North Shore and in the Eastern Suburbs), as well as in Brisbane - almost anywhere along the coast, really.
They have the most divine blue/purple flowers, and I'm looking forward to mine flowering. There is a huge jacaranda in the main quadrangle at the University of Sydney, where I studied - the saying was that if you hadn't started studying for final year exams by the time the jacaranda flowered, then it was too late!
The leaves are started to come out, so I reckon it must be gearing up to flower soon ... I figure I'll keep a close eye on it over the next month or so, and hopefully by the end of October will be rewarded with a beautiful display (followed by a carpet of purple flowers on the ground!)
As you can see, a grey day in Sydney today - perfect for staying inside and knitting!