A Jacaranda Tree

It was no higher than his 6-year-old-self when we purchased it fifteen years ago.  Really, was it that long? Yes: fifteen years back, Matthew asked me to marry him…at a train station.   I said yes. Together we bought a jacaranda tree for his parents as a thank you gift for their support in our lives.  It was only small then, a mere a seedling.

Trees grow — of course they do — but I didn’t foresee the beauty of how it would be.  To see my son swinging on the branches of the very same tree — that tiny seedling — is all kinds of amazing.  Incredible even. It’s…good. Oh look how tall it is now, blooming in all its purple glory!   See it opening its arms out to embrace the sun! Weak twigs are now branches; strong enough to hold my son. Yes, it’s good.

jacaranda tree -- brisbane

jacaranda tree, brisbane

jacaranda tree -- brisbane

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    October 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I love this!

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    October 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    What a special thing that must be buying a tree to celebrate a moment in your life and to now watch your son playing on it!! Arent jacaranda tree’s spectacular this time of the year! We have one and I love it!

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    October 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    That tree is a beautiful expression of your love for each other, Kelly. x

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    October 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

    They are just stunning aren’t they. What a special gift for Matt’s parents and then a special gift for you and your children now!

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    Rex Woodmore
    June 8, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Great photos. Beautiful Jacaranda trees always seem so full of joy. They are by far the most popular subject in my tree paintings. http://rex-woodmore.weebly.com

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    Watercolour Jacaranda Tree Tutorial (for kids) | Be A Fun Mum
    October 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    […] If you do a quick google of ‘Jacaranda tree trunks’, it will give you a sense of the shapes. Jacaranda trees often have a few low branches/trunks that spread out widely.  I went with very simple/achievable with my kids and we did three trunks that end where the bloom starts.  The Jacaranda tree pictured below has a special story to it, and you can read about it here. […]

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