It’s mid April and already the purple blooms of the Jacaranda tree are starting to burst. Jacarandas are the reason May is my favorite month of the year. The intense violet shaded flowers that crown the azure blue skyline of Los Angeles never fail to make my heart sing. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Alaska where the tree selection fell into the birch or evergreen varieties. Or maybe it’s just because I love brilliantly colored flowers. But the Jacaranda is hands down my favorite tree. You’ll find numerous streets in Los Angeles lined with the tall, arching canopies of the Jacaranda, so clearly I’m not the only one.