Purple Rain: the jacarandas blooming across Brisbane
From October to November, a purple canopy falls over Brisbane – from the vast campus of the University of Queensland to the streets of New Farm. For most of us, they represent springtime and the promise of glorious Brisbane weather for the next six months at least.
For students, they signal that exams are looming. Beauty is pain, apparently.
Believe it or not, jacarandas are not native to Australia – they’re originally from south-central South America but thrive in sub-tropical environments, aka Brisbane.
The first Jacaranda Mimosifolia was planted in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens in 1870 and today they are scattered throughout the city. As the city’s population began to grow in the 1920s and ’30s, they were planted more widely across Brisbane as a way of making the city more beautiful – and that they did!
See some of our favourite snaps of the purple rain from the Brisbane International Student Ambassadors!
@tarakwanx - "Spotted a beautiful painting under the jacaranda after class😮💜"
@vathanak_bonbon - "The true color of spring is the Jacaranda flower!"
@nicolem1002:"After some rainy days, now it’s time for the sun and blooming Jacaranda!"
@_nminha_ - "Lost but not found"
@aussie.desi - "This time of year really makes me re-evaluate my feelings about the colour purple."
@jjj1909 -"Spring in Brisbane: Jacarandas, which are native to tropical and subtropical areas in South America, were planted in large numbers in Brisbane in the 1870s."
@the14thdaykid - "That time of the year ☂️"
@swastika_soul - "Struggling with the epiphany that this is the ‘official’ last week of my academic journey 🙄 The purple blooms, however offered some distraction 😍"