Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice and a Bounty of Bougainvillea







Hello, friends!!  How has your summer been thus far?  The marking of the Summer Solstice today (or yesterday depending on your time zone) means it's official!  Summer has arrived...not that I needed any reminder, it has been above 107 degrees all week, hot, hot hooooootttt!!!!


Typically, I post about little blossoms poking their faces out at the onset of the Spring, but in today's post, I am sharing some pictures of my bougainvillea.  The whole garden is practically bursting!





Bougainvillea, or paper flowers, are indigenous to South America. However, they are cultivated and grown all over Spain (as Buganvilla), Italy, and Greece, and numerous other areas.  There are approximately between four and eighteen different species in its genus, and they can vary in color from the fuchsia you see here to red, yellow, and even oranges, whites, and pinks!
Santorini



Although these plants appear as an abundance of blooms, they are quite the tricksters!!  The actual "flowers" are the teeny white flowers you see depicted here, while the colorful part are leaves. 




These lovelies adore heat, and with temperatures soaring here in Southern California, I am so glad I have found them.  Don't they make a pretty addition to this Spode Italian tureen?   I will be sharing more about that later in the week.  Until then, keep cool!




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17 comments:

  1. It is hot here in FL but luckily, never goes to 100 and beyond. We have bouganvillas too and love them!.... Christine

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    1. Thank goodness for you! Nice to hear from you, Christine.

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  2. I had no idea that the flower was that tiny white part!! I just discovered these beautiful "plants" and plan to have many, many, many in my yard! I love their beauty and many colors. They scream Mediterranean and I love that look.

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  3. What a pretty flower- I wish I could grow them here.

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    1. Thank you, Liz...I'd love a lush English style garden, but it is so hot here, and water is regulated; I don't think I could. :(

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  4. I love your Spode italian tureen with Bouganvilleas!Stunning!

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  5. I love Bougainvillea! Only grows here as an annual. I didn't realize that the showy color was the leaves. Learned something new today. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  6. Hi, my SYC party is getting started late; but you are being featured.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  7. Came over from SYC party. Couldn't resist your fabulous photos!

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