Friday, May 11, 2018

FMM - Boo-gainvillea No More

You may remember my saga of my non-blooming bougainvillea from last year - the one I had didn't like most of the areas where I put it, and by the time I finally moved it to its happy place, it was nearly the end of summer and blooming season.  In the meantime, my neighbor across the street had a potted bougainvillea blooming like crazy near their mailbox, so that taunted me every day.  But this year, I bought a new plant, put it in a pretty pot, and started it out in our front yard.  And then about a week later we had that damaging hail storm, which tore it up something fierce.  But I'm happy to report that not only did it recover, it has literally blossomed into a gorgeous plant:
Yep, I'm just a little happy about this!  No more boo-gainvillea over here - we have a full-on beautiful bougainvillea this year!
The day lilies have come back beautifully, and the lantana, which was completely dead and gone, is growing like crazy, yay!  Considering the amount of neglect we've given the yard this spring, the front beds are looking pretty good.
 Yucca blooms going strong!

In the backyard, our pot plants are doing well - again, with nothing but a little water and a lot of neglect:
The sedum came back and is the biggest its been, ever.
Paco perusing purple peppers - this was another plant that sprouted from nothing.  Good to know this will come back after several hard freezes!
My New York hosta is looking gorgeous - thanks, Lori!
And this is our miracle - our Sago palm, which looked completely dead after so many hard freezes over the winter, is finally showing signs of life with this one sprout!  I was so happy to see this, as it was such a big beautiful palm, and it's nice to know it's still alive.

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It's graduation weekend here for Texas A&M, which means that after our early morning run tomorrow and breakfast at Blue Baker, we'll be sheltering in place and avoiding the masses of people on the roads and in the restaurants.  A weekend home sounds good, actually - I have a lot of deep cleaning to do thanks to the renovation, and I can finally start putting some things away.  I'll have the next installment of the renovation update posted soon, but come back on Monday for a Very Special Post.

Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm jealous of your bougainvillea . I decided to give up after the poor showing I got last year. All your plants are looking so good!

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    1. Believe me, this was the last chance for a bougainvillea for me. Luckily, it prospered.

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  2. The sedum we had just wouldn't grow properly in a pot. I ended up giving it to my next door neighbor, who kindly planted it right in her front yard, so I get to see it every day. It's big and beautiful.

    I'm happy about your bougainvillea - it's such a pretty pop of pink in that bed!

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    1. That was nice of your neighbor to plant it where you could enjoy it. And I am LOVING the pink of the bougainvillea - would you believe that we had our back fence covered with pink bougainvillea when we lived in California? Sigh...I really, REALLY didn't appreciate how easy it was to grow everything there.

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  3. That bougainvillea is beautiful!! I'll bet that makes you so happy everytime you see it. :)

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  4. Such pretty flowers! I have a black thumb so I’ve given up even trying to grow plants!

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    1. You'll notice that mine mostly seem to do well when I let nature take over instead of me, LOL.

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  5. Your blooms look beautiful! My front yard looks nice with all the colorful things blooming but I need more color on my back patio!
    Congrats to all the aggies

    Can't wait to see the finished reno.

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    1. Thanks - isn't it nice to see the pretty blooms at your house?

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  6. Yay for your flowers on the comeback trail!!! Im still waiting to be able to plant flowers. I thought we were in good shape but today it's 45 and raining. Come on man!

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    1. Well we are about double your temps; not sure which one is worse, actually.

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  7. Your hosta looks nice and healthy! It's much bigger than mine are now, can you believe that? I need to look at the bougainvillea for a potted plant. So pretty. Gardens usually take care of themselves pretty well when the right plants are in the right spots. It's just the weeds LOL!

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    1. That's pretty funny that my hosta is bigger than yours! We will have to revisit it in a couple months and see how it does with the Texas heat. And bah to the weeds, I swear they grow the best of anything!

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