Blooming jacarandas set late spring property market ablaze

One of the loveliest highlights of late spring are the Jacarandas which are now fully in flower across Sydney, even in its back laneways. Highlighted ofcourse in Brett Whiteley's winning entry in the Wynne Prize of 1977. Brisbane's season started earlier being warmer, and there are reports from Perth of their flowering. 

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Photo courtesy of Pedro Vizcaino Pina/flickr.

But these purple canopies which look superb against the November sky are certainly high maintenance. Our He Said/She Said commentators Jonathan Chancellor and Margie Blok bicker over the garden fence.

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I adore jacarandas from a distance. It makes flying into Sydney so special at this time of year.

But in the front garden I'd happily settle for a row of gardenias, a grand magnolia and even a good old gum tree in the corner.

I am no jacaranda grouch but the beauty of jacarandas, especially after rain, inevitably becomes the sodden fallen flowers. Not quite as adorable and only tolerable so long as I only have to rake them up the once.

Of course gardening guru Shirley Stackhouse is on my side urging all not to rush out and rake up the spoils - relax and enjoy the double image, she suggested. But easier said than done, especially if the open for inspection crowd are coming through at 10am, and then the mess becomes just another chore. 

Anyway be sure to photograph your property for future listing while jacarandas are in flower as any pictures taken now can be stored ready for future marketing campaigns. Rather than delay any auction listing until the garden looks right, the photos will ensure buyers see the place in full bloom, even if it's not the season.

 

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The jacaranda flowering - in something like 49 variations including white - produce such a beautiful uplifting effect across Sydney they ought be forgiven for making a mess.

As Shirley Stackhouse says surely part of the beauty of jacarandas in bloom is the marvellous mauve-blue pool of fallen flowers at the foot of the tree, like a reflection in water.

More robust than normal, the very dry weather seemingly brought them out into an earlier bloom this year. Like nature's clock, they signify shifting into the peak of the spring property market, though I do recall the unseasonably 1992 cold spell  when they were a couple of weeks later than the final week of October. 

Whenever they flower, memories arise of Sister Irene Haxton who ran Sydney's Jacaranda Hospital from 1948 to 1961. She, more than anyone since the first truly successful propagator, pioneer Double Bay nurseryman Michael Guilfoyle, saw to it that the suburbs are ablaze. Mostly down in the Sutherland Shire as the Jacaranda was a maternity hospital at Cronulla where every one of the thousands of babies born were sent home with a jacaranda seedling.

Of course the Hunters Hill peninsula must top the list of jacaranda (Jacaranda Mimosifolia) suburbs which is why I always enjoy jacaranda cruises on the Lane Cove River - this year there's three rivals - MV Macleay cruises; the Emerald Star or the Harman but sadly none hosted by the horticulturalists Graham and Sandra Ross. I haven't ever spotted the white jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia alba) that Dr George Hewitt imported in 1960 from Brazil, but Jonathan claims he's seen one at Grafton and Bellingen.

Sydneysiders have been busy installing pools, spas, tennis courts and paving into their front and rear gardens with their contractors putting down a long-lasting herbicides to stop the weeds. But be warned these herbicides, carried by the seepage of water under the soil, can be quite damaging to  jacarandas which have fairly shallow roots.

Jacaranda Hill, the 60 hectare Brisbane Valley property at Coal Creek, is the standout current listing - and the marketing shows the splendor of the tree and the 1885 Queenslander homestead. Its for sale through LJ Hooker Esk agent Helen Granzien at $1.5 million.

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Photo: Coal Creek, Queensland

With no great 2013 listing imagery as yet, dipping back into the late 2012 offerings with jacarandas, I spotted a 1904 Federation cottage at Epping that sold after being listed for December 15 auction through NNW agent Kate Seehusen at $1.06 million. Its photograph (below) truly highlights the importance of taking pics now, for next year, rather than waiting until late spring before the delayed, same season, auction marketing opportunity.

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Photo: 18 High Street, Epping

Also in Sydney, the Fraser's development at Putney Hill have low rise apartments surrounded by nature, with the buildings named, Jacara, Figtree and Palmera Apartments, designed by Cox Richardson Architects. 

 

We would like readers to email and tell us where their favourite jacaranda or group of jacarandas is. Maybe it's a tree in your own garden, or a street or park planting. Maybe you are selling it! Let us know. 

 

 

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