Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bougainvillea -ABC Wednesday




Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea x buttianaEnid Lancaster
(boo-gan-VIL-lee-uh)
Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ay)

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If you are here for ABC Wednesday ‘B’ is for one of my favorite tropical plants, Bougainvillea. This one was blooming at the New York Botanical Garden last week. I loved the color, not having seen one in that shade before. An Internet search revealed literally hundreds of hybrids and cultivars and a rainbow of colors. This plant is a hybrid (remember from the ‘X’ post) of Bougainvillea glabra x B. peruviana. This cross has produced a lot of different cultivars, which are vigorous and colorful. They often can grow to 40 feet long which is larger than either of the parent plants.

All Bougainvillea are native to South America but have spread across the world. In non-tropical areas gardeners can enjoy them as houseplants, although you need to keep them cut back. If you are growing them indoors it is important to let the plant dry out in between waterings, and I would suggest not fertilizing them. The roots liked to be crowded and don’t be alarmed if the leaves drop off, it is natural (if they don’t come back, that’s a problem).

One from my Florida archives.

Bougainvillea grows as a vine although I have seen it trained into a small tree and a loose shrub. It is thorny and can be used as a colorful living fence. The flowers are the little buds and white trumpet in the center. The real show is the colorful three paper-like bracts that surround the flowers.


This is a ‘b’uilding I took a picture of in Manhattan. It is way downtown. I have a friend who is a brilliant architectural photographer and this is my (kind of sad) attempt to be like him. He tries to shoot flowers from time to time :lol:

Shot with a Sigma 17-70mm @ 29mm
1/200 sec/F 7.1
Ev comp.: -1.0
Circular Polarizer


Here is the ABC Wednesday Blogroll. I have added some new blogs at the end. It seems to be growing and I hope I have time to visit everyone.





Almost forgot this Bougainvillea I saw blooming at Wave Hill. It had variegated bracts which added to the overall dramatic color.

32 comments:

RuneE said...

I have learned something knew: I didn't know that Bougainvilleas existed in so many different colours.

I think I must take a course in flowerphotography. I already have the same lens :-)

Dirty Knees said...

Bougainvilleas are beautiful. I wish I could grow them in my gardens but Ontario is a wee bit chilly to do that!

DeeMom said...

Beautiful flowersm that alas do not weather well here in zone 6...but still LOVELY

kml said...

The purples are stunning in your last image!

Kate Isis said...

I brought one of these the other day. They are great for warding off the neighbours.
Anmd the building, great shot, love the curvy structure.

Andrea said...

Pretty pictures. I love the purple one.

dot said...

I like the purple one too and the building is a great shot!

DarylE said...

Oh that last shot .. the purples are exquisite .. and your friends bldg ain't bad either, LOL

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Oh! Amasing photos! Here I can sit and watch your photos for hours:)
Just a beautiful B!

bonnie said...

Wow, that last one was a surprise! I think your building is great! It's an interesting piece of architecture.

VP said...

Lovely! It reminds me of holidays to the Mediterranean, a good thought for a cold February day :)

Paulie said...

I was surprised to read that the white part was the flower -- the red was so beautiful! I love the view of the building also. I do tend to love the purple flower the BEST tho.

Mark said...

Hi Chris,
I know when ever I see Bougainvilleas I am on holiday, so they always give me a smile.

Cheers Mark

Neva said...

I love your flower!! How do you do a blog rollin the middle of your blog?

Dragonstar said...

I knew nothing about Bougainvilleas, but they are obviously beautiful.

leslie said...

I love the last picture the best showing the variegated bracts!

Berit said...

I love all!!!
Thank you for visiting my blog.

Berit.T. from Norway

Gemma said...

Wow beautiful bogainvillea.
Most I've seen are pink and red. Love the orange and purple variety.

Victoria said...

Your photography is stunning! Thanks for visiting me on WW!

Argument Cottage said...

the clarity of these photos is spectacular, we had guests from connecticut this year near wisconcin and they left us a print of the 'homelands' it looks wonderful!

Annie said...

It is a pleasure to be reminded of these gorgeous vines/flowers. I must try one outside in the summertime, perhaps in a pot so I can bring it in the the wintertime. Hmmmm, I wonder if I can pull this off?

Nessa said...

Such an unusual and fascinating flower.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Wow the colors are so beautiful and bright

AVCR8TEUR said...

Don't be so hard on yourself. That's a beautiful shot of the Manhattan building. I've never seen Bougainvilleas in that orangy color before as seen in your first photo. I've got lots to learn.

Ida said...

Beautiful flowers and colours. I love the last shot. Delicate... :)

photowannabe said...

You captured so many varieties of this beautiful flower. I didn't realize how intricate the inside of the blossom is. That las shot is really delicate and a lovely shade of lavender.

David said...

These make the flower look lovely - although I don't have too many nice impressions of this plant. Try getting rid of one and you'll know why I bear a grudge against them!

Cheers,

David Webb: Photographer

edmundnesbitt said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooh!

happyone said...

All your photos are fantastic. My favorite this week is the last one. The purple is gorgeous.

i beati said...

That bouganvillea shot coming out from under so special - I love the bougies who twist and turn up a wall and look like large bonsais in bright bright colors

Katney said...

I grew up with a magenta colored bouganvilla on an arbor in our back yard in southern California. Obviously, we don't have any here in the frozen north. Sorry I didn't find your B post earlier. I came back to make sure I didn't miss anyone.

Siani said...

Gorgeous images. I didn't realize they were such beautiful plants. I especially like the last one. Thanks for visiting me and my apologies for taking so long to return the visit.