When I came to San Diego in April 1993, two of the first plants I wanted were Agapanthus africanus and Jacaranda mimosifolia. I never had seen them before. They were beautiful!
I was able to get Agapanthus immediately because it’s a perennial with a rhizomatous root.
Jacaranda is a tree growing up to almost 100 feet tall, so I knew it would be awhile before I got one. That “awhile” turned into 25 years and 3 months….
I got my Jacaranda in July 2018 but I have been keeping it as a bush. I laced it today so I could see its first flowers.
Both plants are purple, which was my wise old grandmother’s favorite color.
I have named my Jacaranda “Mary Agnes” in honor of my wise old grandmother, a master gardener before there were master gardeners.