Where I live
June 10, 2022
The window in my sewing room looks out onto the patio. This is a sun trap in winter and a lovely place to sit and stitch or knit. My dream would be to have climbing roses growing up the posts and all over the railings. But I live in the sub-tropics and roses just don't grow very well here. What will grow is Bouganvillia, so I have planted some of that. Now, I wasn't sure just how it was going to take but it is now starting to cover my railings.
The view out the window is improving. It has taken over a year to get to this stage and it has no perfume, unlike roses.
It still has to be trained into position but this is a start.
The big drawback are the huge thorns on the branches, they can ripe your arm open. They make rose thorns look like midgets. I bought a purple variety to plant at the other end of the patio.
So now I am on the look out for other coloured varieties. I have seen a lovely mauve one in a local garden but haven't spotted one in a nursery as yet. I had a wonderful climbing rose in Cairns, which is in the tropics. Just couldn't get it to grow here.
I never knew Bougainvillea had thorns! However dangerous they might be, these flowers are beautiful and I hope your balcony will soon be a riot of colours.
Posted by: Queenie Patch | June 10, 2022 at 11:05 AM
The Bougainvillia is lovely, but I agree there is nothing to beat the smell of a rose!
Posted by: Rachel | June 10, 2022 at 08:13 PM
Yes, those thorns are really dangerous.
Posted by: Carolyn Foley | June 12, 2022 at 05:23 PM