Friday, February 25, 2011


THIS wood vine is certainly one of the most attractive in any collection or garden installation.

Native from South America, Brazil
Peru and Argentina.
Louis Antoine de Bouganville a French Navy admiral
classified it in 1768.

There are four in our collection in the west, north and east gardens.
All varieties of the pink spectrum.  The first was a present from aunty Suncha, the rest propagated by yours truly.

Bouganvilleas are resistant to salt breeze, heat, drought and rarely attacked by pests.  In my case, the chewing kind, only a minimal aesthetic issue.  They prefer sandy, well drained soils.  Not tolerant to wet foot.

Pithelobium dulce is definitely my ALL time favorite tree in the monumental department. On top of its majestic architecture, 
the sweet pods are a source of food for birds and  insects.  That explains the last name, dulce.

My Bouganvilleas look and grow different since I do not trim/prune as the masses.  I allow the branches to do their thing, if there is friction, I cut from the base, never the tips.  That is why mine have more flowers than others all the time.

The one in the corner, shown at left was planted for security reasons also. It belongs to a very exclusive group of plants providing aesthetics and  home security thanks to the effective thorns.

In terms of propagation, with rooting hormones or not, it is not easy.
Of every four attempts, one survived.   It is time to go...You could find anything worth knowing in Wikipedia, or any place in the web.

apaga i vamonoh... 

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