Red Boogie

Bougainvillea 1

Bougainvillea 1

The Debut of Miss B. Villea

For years she waited in the wings

Till finally one day she sings!

“We all had wondered where you were?”

Her radiant cousin asked of her.

“Eugenia overshadowed me,”

She said, “As you can plainly see.

My journey only first begun

The moment I could reach the sun!”



Bougainvillea 2

Bougainvillea 2

Many years ago I bought two bougainvillea bushes. The larger, more expensive one, was pink; the smaller, cheaper one, was red.

This is the red one; though, disappointingly, it often looks quite pink, especially as the petals age.

The pink bush started producing flowers almost immediately. However, the red one did not show any colour, year after year; till a few years ago, when, if I was very lucky, I might see one or two red petals.

Bougainvillea 3

Bougainvillea 3

This year, however, the bush has put out many red petals.

I guess heavily pruning all my trees last winter, allowing Β more sunlight to filter through, and the plant growing large enough, finally made all the difference.

Still, the red bougainvillea cannot hold a candle to the pink bush, which grows so vigorously I have been hacking it back by the metre.


post script: Yes, yes; for the purists out there, I do know that the petals of the bougainvillea are actually bracts, and the flowers are the tiny white things in the centre, (not seen here). But to be honest, I am never going to talk about my bougainvillea, and oh look at the pretty, coloured bracts!

post post script: My poem is from November 2014, when the red bush first displayed a few blooms.



26 thoughts on “Red Boogie

  1. Gobetween

    We had one in the shade that did not do well at all, when I did research I read that bougainvilleas do well if slightly neglected and not watered too often. They like sun.

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  2. Garfield Hug

    Well penned Sci! Over here our bougainvilleas would be in full bloom after scorching heat and when the rains finally come! No leaves will be seen as the flowers take over and it becomes a pretty sight as they color our overhead bridges and road dividers😊

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Yes πŸ™‚ Rather a Lot of maturity actually, as it’s been decades! πŸ˜€
      And also shows you get what you pay for, as the more expensive larger plant did fine. I’m just wary of paying too much, because very often my new pants die!

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      1. Midwestern Plant Girl

        Many times smaller plants have less shock and grow faster than a larger plant when planted.
        It can also depends on how they propagated it.
        If they took a cutting, the cutting will grow as if it was the same age as the plant it was cut from. If it was from seed, it is a baby. Some plants take years to flower/mature. Your red one may have been from seed and thus less expensive, but took its time to flower. As a consumer, it’s hard to tell unless you see it bloom. Nurseries have learned blooming flowers sell better.

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      2. scifihammy Post author

        Ah – that makes a lot of sense! So now I know! πŸ™‚
        Still, it’s rare I’ll spend a lot on a plant, simply because I do kill them! Ooops! πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Well thank you for that. πŸ™‚ But believe me, there would be someone out there (usually a stranger to me) only too keen to set me straight, had I not mentioned it.

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