02 November, 2015

Melbourne Cup Flowers

The Melbourne Cup, also known as "the race that stops a nation", occurs every year on the first Tuesday in November.

There are several races leading up to and just after the Melbourne Cup. All the races together form the Spring Racing Carnival.

Each race has its own flower, and outside of the race itself you often see newsreaders and other public figures wearing the flower of the day. It can be worn in a buttonhole on a lapel (men) or as a buttonhole, as a corsage, in the hair, on a fascinator or on a hat (women).

Market Fresh says: "For the most serious punters the flower of the day is a symbol of luck and a must have item for every event. Race Day flowers are also a symbol of celebration and a great way to add style and flare to an outfit."

I think my favourite flower from the above image is the freesia. I just love the smell of freesias. They remind me of summer.

Which is your favourite flower from the above image?

The image above is from Market Fresh.

08 October, 2015

Jacaranda Season


October and November in Brisbane are the months when the jacaranda trees are in bloom. Jacaranda trees have bright purple flowers and you can see them in many Brisbane suburbs. Two of the best places to marvel at the beauty jacaranda trees are in New Farm Park and at the lakes at the University of Queensland (St Lucia campus).

You'll need to take a look at them before the 'storm season' (from mid-late November) sets in and knocks all the pretty flowers off the trees with wind and hail.

University students know it's exam time when the jacarandas are in bloom because the end of the academic year is in November. Local folk-law says that if a jacaranda flower falls off the tree and lands on your head, you will fail your exams! However, if you can catch another falling jacaranda blossom in your hand before it hits the ground, then you can reverse this bad luck.

There is a well-known Brisbane painting called 'Under the Jacaranda' by R. Godfrey Rivers which can be seen at the Queensland Art Gallery.

Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacaranda