Tuesday, July 3, 2018
All Hail the Shedding Jacarandas!
I love jacarandas. Nothing matches the color. Few suburban vistas are as lovely as a street lined with these trees in bloom, like giant puffs of periwinkle bordering the skies and homes.
But those pretty flowers fall, and each one has a base of sticky goo that adheres to shoes, cars, and everything it touches.
I blogged about jacarandas once (omg, it was 10 years ago!). A19th century landscaper named Kate Sessions was largely responsible for bringing them in to California. Sessions was based in San Diego and had a nursery in what is now Balboa Park.
Here's another, much more detailed piece about jacarandas from the LAist, from about 2 years ago.
show on jacarandas, and you can watch it at Chapman University's site.
If that doesn't cover everything you wanted to know about jacarandas ... which are originally from South America ... then I don't know what will.
As for when they bloom and shed, it's different each year, depending on warm and cold spells in spring. Often there's a fall blooming as well, but those are less frequent, I'm told.
And if you are a gardener or homeowner that has to rake up the purple plague, you have my sympathy.