This year I decided to give the bougainvillea's as long of a growing season as possible. In other words, I have broken all my "wait until after the 1st of May to start the plants in pots outside" rules. Because these tropical, heat loving, beautifully vibrant plants have done so well on my back deck in the past, I decided I should have two instead of one this year. Allow me to introduce "Orange King".
He's a flashy show off but when you have to compete with the magenta red of a "Barbara Karst" bougainvillea, pulling out all the stops is the only way to get any attention.
I want you to see how little they are now so you will be able to fully appreciate how big they get over the course of a few months. I hope I didn't just jinx myself with all that bragging.
They have each been placed in their respective corners and the tomatoes will go in the middle. Expect regular progress reports. If you are looking for a drought tolerant plant that requires minimal care and provides maximum color throughout the summer (and way into the fall), give this a try.
If you have an old plastic bird, on a wire, whose wings have long ago been broken off, that used to belong to your mother, put it out there too. For good karma. I love old, well loved yard art. Almost as much as I love old, table linens. And that's a lot.