Jacarandas out in glory
A PURPLE haze has descended on the Coffs Coast, with the weeks of rain and spring sunshine encouraging a burst of blossom on the region’s jacaranda trees.
If the trees are in flower, can Grafton’s famous Jacaranda Festival be far away? Of course not.
The Festival has been a feature of the calendar in the city to our north since 1934, the oldest festival of its kind in Australia.
The 2010 Festival will be held from October 30 to November 7 and all the details are on the festival website www.jacarandafestival.org.au
The only worry now is that the early flowering of this season may see the best blooms over by the time the festival arrives, especially if the rain returns.
There are plenty of the flowering sub-tropical trees, native to South America, to admire around the Coffs Coast for their spectacular crowns of lilac blue flowers.