Love blooms in tune with jacarandas
By ZOE SATHERLEY
IN Spring for the 37 years lovebirds Betty and Cliff Steptoe have lived in Dibbs Street, Lismore, they have watched the jacarandas bloom.
The couple, who have been together for 56 years, say this year, despite the drought, the explosion of gorgeous lilac flowers adorning their street seems more vivid than most.
"People are always stopping to photograph the trees," said Cliff. "We think they're just beautiful ... but springtime brings on the hayfever. Oh well, nothing is perfect, except Betty."
Jacarandas are naturally found in the high and dry deserts of Brazil, thus after a drier year, floral dispays are better. But, in some specific regions of Australia the trees are consid- ered an environmental weed.