At the nursery this year, I was wowed - and oh so tempted - by big beautiful bougainvillea plants. They aren't at all common around here, but the red blooms were just absolutely lovely. I didn't get one because they wouldn't survive more than a season here in our weather and they cost $150. As pretty as they are, I just couldn't justify a splurge like that.
This fall, I found little starter bougainvillea plants at home depot. They were short, and stumpy, and I really didn't know how they'd do, but they only cost $15. (Which, thinking about it, isn't cheap for a plant but in comparison to what the nursery wanted this spring, it's pretty fantastic.)
Anywho, I brought the bougainvillea home and gave it a place in one of my sunnier rooms. I haven't taken the best care of it... I left it in a tiny starter pot, watered it when it was bone dry, and haven't even thought about fertilizer. Even so, it grew quite a bit and then this happened:
It's pink, instead of the red I really loved, but it's still pretty darned nice if you ask me.
So, now I need to figure out what to do with it. It's going to need a more perminant home in a different location (I wonder if it would get enough light in my new basement room?) and a much bigger pot. And maybe, I should figure out how to properly take care of it.
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