Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lesson of the Day: Jacaranda Trees

On our way from the airport to Eileen's, I saw a beautiful tree with purple flowers on it...

Of course I asked her about it and she told me it's called the jacaranda tree and that every year New South Wales has a Jacaranda Festival around this time of year when the trees are in full bloom. These trees grow in the U.S., Spain, Italy, etc. but I have never seen them before. They only grow where there is no threat of frost, so Australia is the perfect growing weather for this tree.

Another fun fact I learned was the blooming of these trees signifies a time of intense study in schools around Queensland, specifically the University of Queensland, due to the end of the school year!

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