Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Purple Patch

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Purple Patch

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Our wonderful Jacaranda Festival is nearly here for another year.

For those of you who are visiting us for the first time or those of you who have not actually taken any notice of these wonderful trees before, I thought I would like to point out the wonderful features for you to look for.

Until a couple of weeks ago these fantastic large trees had no leaves and no flowers on them, then it seems every day they gradually change from an insignificant large tree, at the beginning of October to one of the most spectacular trees in the world within four weeks, with its masses of fantastic mauve/purple colour flowers, and then the absolutely fabulous mauve flower carpet which is always under the trees by the Jacaranda Festival, and then for another few weeks into November.

I am always amazed that our early settlers had so much forethought that they planned and planted our fantastic jacaranda trees and other street trees throughout Grafton, so we can now enjoy their wonderful beauty throughout the year. I just wish we had some jacaranda trees planted out on the Pacific Highway both northwards and southwards, as a spectacular welcome to Grafton especially at this time of the year for our Jacaranda Festival, so the many prospective visitors would not be able to keep driving past and would make the effort to drive over the bridge to see what a spectacular sight Grafton is at this wonderful time of year.

This is a great time of year to grow a selection of fruit trees, including Bowen mangos, citrus fruit including limes, oranges, mandarins, lemons, grapefruit, cumquats and lemonade trees, or maybe some stonefruit, like plums, apricots, peaches and many of them are low chill varieties, so they will fruit before Christmas, therefore beating the dreaded fruit fly.

Other varieties are the eating fig, guavas, olives, tropical apples, nashi fruit and many other exotic fruit trees which are suitable for home orchards or growing in large tubs. …

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