We’ve had our fair share of stormy weather, but this was not a weather related incident. This was all about the Bougainvillea deciding it had enough of being trained up a trellis, growing thick and powerful and then planning its escape …

Before … a happy space to while away the day

A happy space

When I bought this house there was  sort of mirror mosaic on the wall which we were not fond of. But I respect the “Feng-shei”-iness I suspect was behind this placement and design so was reluctant to rip it off the wall. A solution was a trellis for the two Bougainvillea to be trained up and over, which not only covered the ‘mirror art’, but the plants would eventually be trained to ‘tumble’ over the garage roof (which is right behind this wall). So that’s what I did and the Bougainvillea grew and grew. And They Grew!

18 Months later …

Here’s how we were growing …Here's how we were growing ...

After the collapse …After the collapse ...

Most of the Bougainvillea removedMost of the Bougainvillea removed

Look at them thorns!Look at them thorns!

They attacked me as I cut it awayThey attacked me as I cut it away

Revenge of the Bougainvillea – thornsRevenge of the Bougainvillea - thorns

Sans Bougainvillea …Sans Bougainvillea ...

before: Avec BougainvilleaBefiore: Avec Bougainvillea

So there it is. Back to the ugly wall now waiting for a less aggressive creeper to be planted because I don’t want another fight with a Thorny B. And I think as soon as the weather is better, its time to “re-do” this bed. It could use an overhaul. Come on Spring …

Happy gardening … or if you are in South Africa, beware the storms predicted this weekend and stay warm!

xxx