Cardigan Street, Stanmore


The jacarandas on this street have already peaked, but they’re still worth a mention.




And, as a footnote, and photographed a bit too late in the day to do it justice, perhaps Sydney’s best-known jacaranda:


5 Responses to “Cardigan Street, Stanmore”

  1. Thom Says:

    What’s the rule of thumb about studying for exams and the jacaranda in the Quadrangle?

  2. marcellous Says:

    The version I knew wasn’t specific to the jacaranda in the quadrangle, but, as attributed to the then principal of Women’s College, I remember it as “If you haven’t started studying before the jacarandas come out, it’s too late.”

    I thought I might have misremembered this, since if it’s too late, you might as well just keep drinking and partying as before, and I’m sure she didn’t mean that. But then I found it had made it onto Wikipedia! (And, as you suggest, specific to the quadrangle one.) From there I note that the rule of thumb in Brisbane is a bit different, but it seems that maybe the jacarandas flower earlier there.

    At ANU there is a similar synchronicity between exams and the “fluff trees.” With any luck someone can give me a more specific name for these.

  3. Chinatown 30: not all Chinese « Ninglun’s Specials Says:

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  4. wanderer Says:

    “fluff trees” are most likely the Poplus alba , the Silver Poplar, originally planted at ANU and now a serious escape weed.

    Love the photos. Flying slow and low back to Sydney on the weekend showed just how many Jacarandas there are. We came down the north-south (over Hunters Hill) flight path, and the suburbs were a giant mosaic of red squares (roofs) and blue circles (jackies), seemingly in a ratio of only 3:1. Needless to say, the camera was in the overhead thingy.

  5. marcellous Says:

    I was counting on you, Wanderer. Oddly enough, I did get as far as the site[s] you link to, but lacked the stamina to check all the different tree species – I only got as far as the Chinese Elm which was obviously not the one.

    Anyone who has seen the fluff in action at ANU could easily see why it might be a serious escape weed.

    And welcome back from Lord Howe. Praise to the holiest in the height!

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