Bougainvillea 1

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

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While it is nowhere near real winter yet, the temperatures have been dropping significantly at night, and it is time to begin reclaiming some of the garden. The two months or so of actual winter are not nearly long enough to hack back the jungle.

One drawback of a sunny climate is that everything grows; the unwanted along with the wanted. This morning I decided to tackle some of the neighbour’s vines on my side of the fence and behind my bougainvillea.

Even with very thick gloves on, the bougainvillea still got me good!

Ouch

Ouch

The first cut I didn’t even know about.

Ouch 2

Ouch 2

However, as the long poisonous thorn ripped through my palm, this second gash had me yelling out, “Fiddlesticks!”

 

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41 thoughts on “Bougainvillea 1

      1. Ady

        Glad to hear 🙂 I am worried … You have to take special Tetanus injection as it was caused by wires , or some different course of treatment ?

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      2. scifihammy Post author

        It was just the thorns of the bougainvillea plant that scratched me – so I won’t be needing anti-tetanus. (tho I had an injection some time ago – and they last 5-10 years I think.) 🙂

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  1. Sarah Ferguson

    One of the problems of gardening…though I would love to live somewhere I could have a bougainvillea – they are absolutely stunning. I think I could handle the scratches if I got to look at one all the time!

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  2. HN

    I love bougainvillea. We call them “paper flowers” because when they dropped to the ground, they dried up into tissue like gift-paper. I have forgotten that the these climbing vines have nasty thorns. That was a deep nasty cut you have. Hope it will heal fast 🙂

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  3. Lucy

    Ugh, that looks painful. I also have a few cuts on my hands, from the garden. It looks like the warmer it gets, the more the plants grow, and I need to be out there to tame them even more often 🙂 It can be fun, but painful, when you get wounds through the gardening gloves. Take care and have a lovely weekend!

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  4. quiall

    Fiddlesticks, my tuckus! My heart goes out to you. But really 2 months of winter! We get 4 or 5 and this year we hit temps of -40 C. Your pictures help me make it through. I’m envious.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Fiddlesticks – You are the only one to pick up on that!!! hehe
      Cape Town is so much closer to the equator, that the only bad weather we get is the storms coming up from the Arctic, where we are the first port of call!
      And I know you guys in the N hemisphere, who have had such a long harsh winter, don’t enjoy all that cold, but I love seeing the snow photos. 🙂

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  5. Garfield Hug

    Big ouch there!! Sorry to see your “wounds” of the battle against “bougie” – but it is gorgeously thick!! Guess you need industrial steel gloves like the ones workers use at steel mills. Worth investing in a pair as it is safety accredited 😉 Next battle, Sci1!!

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