Saturday, May 23, 2015

Spring-time blooms

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Downey has these beautiful trees called Jacarandas that bloom with amazing lavender-colored flowers. While they make excellent shade trees, their real appeal comes from their fragrant trumpet-shaped blossoms. For a couple of months a year, they look like an explosion of purple. Some of my favorite streets in Downey are lined with these trees.

20150519_095159 as Smart Object-1In reading about the trees, I found that they are not native to California, but were planted in the late 1890s by a horticulturist in Balboa Park (San Diego), and since have spread all over the state.

"I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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