Saturday, 7 November 2009

heart to heart and yet more jacaranda






I've been working sporadically on the Heart to Heart scarf.  It suits my mind at the moment as there are just a few stitches of lace on one edge of the scarf.  I know the pattern and do a twelve row repeat at the one time, so  it's progressing nicely with a three stitch increase/decrease over those twelve rows.

I'm now past the halfway mark and am coming back down the stitch count. As with the Aestlight shawl I made and gave away, I'm really liking the Grignasco Bambi to use in scarves.  It's easy to knit, the garter stitch part is very even, the lace will be fine when blocked and the drape of the scarf material, done on 4 mm KP Harmony  needles is lovely.  It's soft to the touch and will be lovely around the neck.

Another couple of photos of the biggest jacaranda here.  There are others but  this is enormous.  It's probably 12-14 metres wide and a good deal higher than that. At dusk and just before sunrise the flowers almost glow with a deep  luminous brilliance. I tried to capture the width of the tree in this photo, but there is more on both sides of the picture I took.

I watch very little TV, none of us watches much at all.  However, I'm alone here this weekend and turned it on last night.  Better Homes and Gardens was on.  I haven't seen that for at least 15 months and tuned in to hear Graham Ross the gardener saying that if you wanted just one tree, then a jacaranda would be it.    I doubt it.  These trees can become huge. They can completely dominate a small backyard.  The shade is good and the flowers are truly beautiful.


There are big drawbacks.  This purple carpet looks lovely.  That is, until the rain falls on it when they become very slushy.  The bees love the flowers even when they are on the ground.  One of my sons has two beautiful jacarandas in his yard.  Every year there are several bee stings because at least one of his children goes outside in bare feet and treads on a bee.  They do learn but it's an easy thing to happen.  Painful too.

This is the start of the carpeting, taken from two storeys up and it will  go on for several weeks unless a gale blows off all the flowers.

After the flowers come the leaves, delicate little fern like fronds, arranged in larger leaves of the same.  There is the same problem with the leaves as with the flowers.  The tree is deciduous and in autumn, they too fall to the ground.  Not in the larger gatherings of fronds but in thousands and thousands of little pieces not much bigger than a thumbnail.  They get every where and particularly over any washing hung to dry on the line.

In the right spot, they are gorgeous trees with great summer shade.  Being deciduous, they allow sun through in the winter.  But the tree to choose if you want only one?  I doubt it in a suburban garden.

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2paw said...

Wow the jacarandas are really blooming on the mainland. Not so much here!! I do know about leaves making wet mulch on the steps though.
It is so beautiful looking through the windows at it though.
Glad your knitting is going well, I'm on a sock run, so to speak!!!

Lynne said...

I love the look of jacarandas but I think, if I had the space [like a few acres], I'd keep it well away from the "home paddock". Perhaps they are best in larger front yards which are usually 'show gardens' not 'in use' gardens.

BTW, in St Marys there is a collection of streets named after trees [Maple, Birch, etc] - one of them is "Jackaranda"; isn't that awful?