This day and for the next several weeks, I want to enjoy every moment I can drinking in the splendor of summer, my favorite season......... I love the warmth of the sun. I love the splash of color and I love these flowers more than any other in my little slice of paradise.
Those bougainvillea (there is a sister plant on the other side of the pool) will have to be brought to a greenhouse to survive the New York winter. And, I might add... those plants are the pride and joy of my gardening endeavors.
I purchased them in May. One of them nearly dropped all of its leaves and the other stopped flowering completely. I got a little advice from the elderly Italian man whom I hope will agree to "babysit" these plants for the winter. A bit of topsoil, water (even though they like to be very dry) and a careful feeding. "The leaves, they make-a da flowers" and they sure do! The fact that I was able to coax the leaves to "make-a da flowers" is a lesson. Somewhere in there. Definitely, a lesson.
I suspect these little fellas may be providing a bit of help.... and they really ain't so little!
Kudos to Marie (whose blog is JOURNEYING Beyond Breast Cancer - NOT Journey - for throwing down a challenge that's spreading like wildfire). Check the blogroll..... Go to her Facebook page.....
I think some of us were beginning to burn out. What a way to rejuvenate!