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A beautiful bush found across the street from my neighborhood Publix.

Finally blooming, here’s my bougainvillea.

Ruffles of vibrant flowers resembling the flouncy bottom of a flamenco dress can be spotted blooming all over Florida. Bougainvillea in shades of pink, fuchsia, lavender and purple are definitelythe showboats of warm weather landscapes. They have a wow factor, and they know it. Suffice to say, those cascading branches of floral beauty can pretty up even the most dismal yard. Hmm, I should know.

Beware though, all that vivid color hides a tricky, little secret––thorns and boy do they pinch! I don’t profess to know any special secrets about cultivating them except that they love the sun and are fairly drought-resistant, which is just another fancy way of saying that they’re tough to kill.

Don’t let pesky thorns get you down though. Check out the gardening advice below for getting on a best friend basis with your bougainvillea. As for me, I’m still in the acquaintance phase.


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