Friday, March 8, 2013

Super summer survivors.....


It really is a miracle that any plant can survive out there on a searing 42C summers day, and this year the weather in Perth has been hotter than ever..one plant that seems not only to enjoy but thrives in these conditions is the Bougainvillea. At the beginning of summer I went a little 'loco' and planted Bambino Bougs in various hanging baskets and pots.. I'm now enjoying much pleasure from those moments of madness as vibrant colour spills out all around my patio. It's the WA State elections on Saturday, I can't remember the last time I was so keen to get into that polling booth and vote! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.....

33 comments:

  1. Bougainvillea - one of my all time favourite plants (except the thorns!). I loved them in my garden when we lived in warmer climes. Thinking of buying one for my greenhouse this summer as an experiment!
    Lovely, vibrant colours... thanks for warming me up!

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  2. Oh, these are one of my favorites, too, and how beautiful yours are!! Terrific captures -- next thing to seeing them for real!! And, yes, thanks for warming me up, too!!! Have a great weekend!!

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  3. These heat happy plants abound in my area too. They seem to survive in the worst of contitions. However, they don't like cold; not one little bit. We always have at least one freeze every winter the poor bougs crumple up and die. But, have no fear; I just trim off the dried branches and the next thing you know that are back and blooming like crazy.

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  4. Gosh, you aren't joking about the heat! Lovely photos that look cool and soothing :).

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  5. I grew up with these gorgeous plants growing everywhere, how sweet to see them again like this! I wish I were still in a climate amenable to bougainvilleas (though I must say, the northeast here is beginning to feel like the new Caribbean, what with all the hurricanes!) Best of luck with voting day!

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  6. Stunning, vibrant colours in these flowers! While you have had a seering summer, we have been getting more continuous summery days on my peninsula now! And it's supposed to be Autumn!

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  7. These are gorgeous! Wish we could grow them here Grace!

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  8. The news said we had the darkest winter since 43 years - guess all the sunny hours went to your place... (http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/wetter-ohne-sonne-dunkelster-winter-seit-langem-in-deutschland-a-885519.html)

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  9. Hmmm, yes, I think it must have been the darkest winter on this side of the Rhine too. And yes, I think bougainvillées are a good bet for you in those temperatures! They are so beautiful!

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  10. Yes, bougainvillea plants love the heat. They're everywhere here. They really brighten up a place, don't they?

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  11. well, if it's going to be hot, you might as well have hot colours!

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  12. What a great idea to plant these vibrant plants in pots .... I think they're the only flower that actually thrives in our Summer season.

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  13. Well, I'm a little envious and then, maybe not! Bougainvillea is pretty, but it's full of awful stickers. We had a bunch of it on a fence along side of our pool in our old house in Ocala. Trouble was it died every winter and looked awful. Then one year it didn't come back. I had to cut it down and pull it up and make sure none of the stickers got in the pool. Ugly job. So, we decided it's too cold here. If we want to grow the stuff we're going to have to move back to south Florida where it's hot like Perth! :)

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  14. They really do look like they've been having a rough summer!

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  15. Yes, their colour is amazingly beautiful. So far only green leafs over here ;) Can't wait sweeping them again ... Please have a good Friday ahead.

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  16. Amazing! I have been searching everywhere for these gorgeous thornless little numbers and can't find even ONE in this town. ReallY!
    Have a great weekend Grace, go girl and VOTE.

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  17. The BLUE makes that first one.

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  18. My favourite is Raspberry Ice, a fairly deep red.

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  19. I used to have these when I lived in Phoenix. I do miss them. They would not survive here in Santa Fe.

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  20. I love how these are actually NOT flowers, but rather Bracts!! The actual flower, itself, is the small creamy white part inside and often hidden by the Bracts!!!

    But what a stunning plant this is, and you've captured it very well!!!!

    Enjoy the voting, and enjoy the weekend!!!

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  21. You have some nice varieties there very colourful. My neighbour has the big ones hanging over the fence. You sure have had a hot summer. I heard a scientist say it has been a year of weather on steroids.

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  22. Lovely colored flowers..... i like these pictures Grace.

    Greetings, Joop

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  23. Wonderful colors, these flowers are gorgeous!I specially love the last image!
    hugs and happy weekend,
    Léia

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  24. Wow such color. You see them a lot in South Texas.....they must thrive in heat!

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  25. A very colorful post. 0C in Haninge at the moment.

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  26. Les bougainvilliers sont magnifiques, c'est en Afrique que j'ai vu les plus grands. Il doit être très beau ton patio.
    Quelle chance d'avoir du soleil, moi j'ai très froid.

    Bon vote :))

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  27. These are just gorgeous bougainvillea flowers, and in different colors too!

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  28. j'adore the paper-like look of those petals .. its as if you applied a texture to them .. gorgeous

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  29. I love those - in San Diego our house had a 75 year old plant that covered an arch over the driveway. After we sold the house and moved to Vegas it was the first thing the new owners chopped down. Imagine, that old and big and surviving all the owners of that house, and something that made it lovely and a reason to buy and it goes first. Here in Vegas we can't grow them, not because of the heat but because of the cold, they can't take anything under freezing. (we've tried several times)

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  30. They are very popular in southwest Florida. I have some that aren't flowering the way I think they should. I have read that they don't want to be overwatered or fed, so maybe I have been too nice to them.

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  31. Wonderful bougainvillea plants, such great colors!

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  32. Beautiful Bougainvillaea blooms and shots too!

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  33. Beautiful colours! Good sunday, Arianna

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