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Jacaranda Flowers Jacaranda mimosifolia
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Jacaranda Flowers  Jacaranda mimosifolia
 
8 November 2009
 
 
Batch no. 1:  6 Nov. picked up a handful of wet flowers from a friends’ lawn
 
Batch no. 2:  7 Nov. picked up 2 handfuls of flowers from our own driveway
 
1 and 2 were blended with approx. equal VOLUME of mordanted paper, turning a frothy pale coffee colour
 
11 November 2009 – made both batches into paper
 
Batch no. 1 - only made the small test-sheet plus a ½ sheet of paper
 
Batch no. 2 – made the small test-sheet plus 3 sheets
 
All made a soft mottled brown, which is quite nice.  The mottled effect is from the flower-pieces themselves.
 
The paper differs in colour between the two batches.
 
Batch 1 appears to be a creamy very light beige
          
 
Batch 2 made with the fresher flowers is beige in colour.  The flowers in this 2nd batch are also uniformly smaller in comparison to the 1st batch test-sheet.
 
Both batches are quite nice, but not then shades of purple on would expect from Jacaranda flowers!

   Jacaranda mimosifolia
                                        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacaranda_mimosifolia
 
The Blue Jacaranda, Jacaranda mimosifolia more often known simply as the "Jacaranda", is a sub-tropical tree native to South America that has been widely planted elsewhere because of its beautiful and long-lasting blue flowers. Older sources give it the systematic name Jacaranda acutifolia, but it is nowadays more usually classified as Jacaranda mimosifolia. It is also known as the Black Poui, or as the fern tree. In scientific usage, the name "Jacaranda" refers to the genus Jacaranda, which has many other members, but in horticultural and everyday usage, it nearly always means the Blue Jacaranda.
 
Appearance
The tree grows to a height of 5 to 15 metres. Its bark is thin and grey-brown in colour, smooth when the tree is young though it eventually becomes finely scaly. The twigs are slender and slightly zigzag; they are a light reddish-brown in colour. The flowers are up to 5 cm long, and are grouped in 30 cm panicles. They appear in spring and early summer, and last for up to two months. They are followed by woody seed pods, about 5 cm in diameter, which contain numerous winged seeds. The Blue Jacaranda is cultivated even in areas where it rarely blooms, for the sake of its large compound leaves. These are up to 45 cm long and bi-pinnately compound, with leaflets little more than 1 cm long.


 
I came across this poem while searching for information on the Jacaranda tree and thought I’d save a copy with my notes.
 
CHRISTMAS WHERE THE GUM TREES GROW
(Val Donlon / Lesley Sabogal) (poem)
 
Christmas where the gum trees grow
There is no frost and there is no snow Christmas in Australia's hot
Cold and frosty is what it’s not
When the bloom of the Jacaranda tree is here
Christmas time is near
 
From England came our Christmas fare
They even said what Santa should wear
But here down under for summers cool
Santa should dip in a swimming pool
 
Christmas where the gum trees grow
There is no frost and there is no snow
Christmas in Australia's hot
Cold and frosty is what it’s not
When the bloom of the Jacaranda tree is here
Christmas time is near
 
Santa rides in a sleigh on snow
But down here where the gum trees grow
Santa should wear some water skis
And glide around Australia with ease
 
Christmas where the gum trees grow
There is no frost and there is no snow
Christmas in Australia's hot
Cold and frosty is what it’s not
When the bloom of the Jacaranda tree is here
Christmas time is near
 
To ride around the bush where it’s dry
To cart all the presents piled so high
A red nosed reindeer would never do
Santa should jump on a kangaroo
 
Christmas where the gum trees grow
There is no frost and there is no snow
Christmas in Australia's hot
Cold and frosty is what it’s not
When the bloom of the Jacaranda tree is here
Christmas time is near
 
(Contributed by John Sanders - December 23)
 
 


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