Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Morning Flowers! When Only a Tree Will Do....

No mere sprig nor stem for you this morning, my Darlings!

We celebrate the start of this fine week with the jacaranda tree--a celebration of purple that comes but once a year.

There are hundreds of jacarandas in our town and in my opinion, everyone should stop when he or she sees one, stand beneath the beauty, and sing for at least ten minutes.
Don't you agree?


I like to imagine that should giants ever come upon our landscape, they would pluck at least two or three jacaranda trees and take them back to their homes, put them in lovely vases and enjoy their bouquet of purple on their tables.


Here is a full shot of the jacaranda tree.
Begin singing now.
Repeat as necessary.


Have a happy week!!


It's vital to be growing through your life rather than going through your life. The object is not to change other people or situations; it's to do the inner work they stimulate.

-- Wally Amos

56 comments:

Shan said...

This is one of my two favorite trees. I just began pointing it out to Madelyn last week. Can't wait to hear her say it.

Old Kitty said...

Just a quickie - I'm too busy singing to the lovely and very purple jacaranda tree that doesn't live in the UK but it's very very pretty in your pic!!

I hope the jacaranda likes my ditty - I'm singing "Oh what a beautiful morning" from Oklahoma and "Autumn leaves" - heheheh!

And thank you for a lovely monday quote! Keep growing through life people - never stop - such wise words!!

take care
x

Madi and Mom said...

BB what gorgeous trees...we don't have them here in NC. I agree everyone should stand underneath one at least once a day while they are blooming. I love the color.
Thank you for this beautiful post.
Madi and Mom

Nat said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of my childhood in Harare (Zimbabwe), famous for its jacaranda-lined avenues.

Joann Mannix said...

The jacarandas are beautiful. It would probably not be a good idea for me to sing under the tree. The off key warbling would probably make the tree fall.

Just wondering if you got my email I sent to you yesterday?

Momma Fargo said...

Beautiful! I bet the angels sing around those trees.

liz said...

wow - i've never seen such a tree! it's very beautiful, though!

Ally said...

i'm sad today, betty. these images made me smile. thank you.

Aging Mommy said...

Beautiful pictures Betty - I don't think we have any of those trees around here, but not many types of tree do too well here - we are already in a run of three days with over 100F temperatures! So yes, back to the pool again today for us. Have a wonderful Monday

Brian Miller said...

oh wow. loving the brilliant colors...purple is my wifes fav so will share with her when i get home as well...

SogniSorrisi said...

Great quote! Happy Monday!

TS Hendrik said...

So lovely. You're right, I needed a tree today.

Although, if there are hundreds of the trees in your town and every time you see one you stand there for ten minutes singing, how do you get anything done?

Writing Without Periods! said...

Trees and flowers lovely. Quote from Amos, even more so. Great reminder...it's all from within.
Happy week.
Mary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a lot of purple.

Marlene said...

Beautiful trees, Miss Betty. My personal favorites are the Magnolia trees. Such gorgeousness.

Happy Monday!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

So pretty, they add brilliant color to our lives just by being what they are. Gorgeous

Kimberly Franklin said...

What a beautiful tree! It's too hot here (100+) everything seems to be crunchy. At least in my front yard. LOL.

Gigi said...

I feel calmer and happier just looking at those photos! Beautiful!

Crystal Cook said...

I've never even heard of those trees before! But they are the MOST beautiful tree I have ever seen. For some reason just looking at them makes me feel hopeful :)

Thanks Dr. Betty

Theresa Milstein said...

Purple is my favorite color. I LOVE these trees! Thanks for posting the photos.

I've never seen this quote, but I'm going to copy it.

Sadako said...

Love your pics, they rock! Esp. that last one. That shade of purple is to die for.

Jimmy said...

Very Nice Betty,

I've said it over and over "The Good Lord Sure Paints A Pretty Picture" Thank you for sharing these with us.

Lisa Marie Miles said...

Never seen those before. They're beautiful!

Anonymous said...

thank you bb! i needed a little boost today :)
pg

Bri said...

Hello Bossy Betty! Thank you for visiting my blog, and your comments! I enjoy reading them. Today I was having difficulties with blogger, and unfortunately, your comment never posted.

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

I don't know which I love more, the gorgeous pictures, or the thought-provoking Amos quote at the end! Just terrific, Betty! I definitely need to focus on the "growing" through life! Thanks for the reminder!!

Ann said...

What a pretty tree. I've never seen one of those. I guess I better start thinking of a song to sing here :)

DrSoosie said...

These are very beautiful Betty. Where are they at?
Happy Monday morning...although it is now the afternoon...which I have to admit I prefer.

The Retired One said...

I have never seen one of these before..it is gorgeous...almost electric in color...are they fragrant too? The closest we have here to it is the lilac bushes or perhaps the purple rhododendrons or azaleas.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

not sure why, but one of those pictures reminded me of "Purple Rain":-)

Pat Tillett said...

I guess I'm gonna be the only one here to "tell it like it is!"

Jacaranda trees are beautiful! Okay, I got that out of the way. The city we used to live in (Lakewood) had tons of them on the streets. We had the great misfortune of living with a huge one in front of our house. They are the messiest trees known to mankind. They shed leaves, bark, and those STICKY purple flowers. They stick to your car, they stick to the sidewalk, and they stick to your shoes. A doormat does no good, you are tracking those flowers in the house.
Plus, during the summer these devil trees "weep" sap like a fine mist. You can see it in the air under them. You posted these photos just to mock me! Didn't you? Many cities have outlawed them because they cause such a mess and the flowers and sap clog up the gutters. Betty and friends, If you come upon a jacaranda tree, do not sing to it, do not even hum, just run the other way as fast as you can, because that tree is SATAN...


darn! I could have made this my own blog post...

Jenny said...

I love those trees!! I actually have one right in my front yard and I love the purple blossoms. They truly are beautiful!!

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

WOW, I can't say it enough, I love your pictures!

btw, what kind of camera do you use?

faye said...

A beautiful tree.. it would be
a lovely contrast to our great oaks and pines.

Copyboy said...

I've never seen a tree blossom like that. I love the deep purple color. Almost psychedelic.

Hilary said...

You have a vivid purple imagination... and it sings beautifully. Thanks for this. :)

Susan Fields said...

I love the singing idea! We don't have jacaranda trees here (at least, I don't think we do), but we do have redbud trees which are so amazingly beautiful when they're in bloom.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Thanks for the purple tree. It is so very pretty. How's my song so far, Betty?
I really like the quote (and the jacaranda trees), but not my singing.
xoRobyn

Katie's Dailies said...

Those are beautiful trees. They look like perfect flowers for hummingbirds to dip into---have you ever seen any hummers around these trees?

Everyday Song said...

Oh I've been missing your posts. Thanks for the inspiration.

Velvet Over Steel said...

Beautiful tree and pictures!
Have a wonderful week my friend!
Hugs,
Coreen

Julie said...

I have never seen one of these trees. Beautiful.

And the quote was so good. Growing..not going!

WhisperingWriter said...

Wow, so pretty!

citymouse said...

How beautiful! I've never even heard of a jacaranda tree before, so I'm fairly sure we don't have any in Maryland. Our loss!

Brian said...

I like walking through a grove of Jacarandas when the blossoms are falling. Purple snow!

Debbie said...

Those are incredible! We should all stop and admire the trees a little more.

Ms. Anthropy said...

Beautiful tree and wonderful quote. Afraid I'm having problems with my inner workings.

Holly Renee said...

Love the end quote. Beautiful pictures! I liked the visual of the giants plucking these trees to put in vases at home. Awesome!!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Lovely! Never heard of or seen this tree, but I'd love to have one in my front yard.

Pat said...

Oh my gosh, that is just a gorgeous tree! I'll have to add that to my list of favorite trees! Do the blossoms smell pretty?

Daisy said...

Wow! What a gorgeous tree! I've never heard of or seen these before, but they are magnificent. Thank you for sharing the pictures. :D

Shan said...

Yeah... it was a short wait. Today she said, "Jacaran puhpull fall off the twee."
La haaa!

Rainey said...

I love that image of a giant just plucking one of these trees up to enjoy at home in a little vase. It brings to mind ideas of me as a giant...am I plucking up the lovely scenery at some spiders abode?

Actually, I don't really care because spiders scare the holy hell out of me....

Mommy on the Spot said...

Breathtaking photos!

Amazing quote, thank you!

Leanne said...

breathtaking . . .

I'm going to re-read this post and take it in again. . .

and again . . .

and . . .

Betty said...

We have one of these in our front yard. I didn´t know they grew up north also. I love them. The color is just awesome and no picture can do it justice.