I have a clifftop restaurant in the Balearic Islands that am renovating with an amazing dining terrace 80ft high on the cliff overlooking the beach and sea. I recently made some planters around the posts that hold our sun shades up. I wanted to then plant bougainvillea to climb up the posts and create a beautiful decoration to the restaurant terrace.
Here's how it looked post planting:
There are four of these planters total with four bougainvillea plants.
But then for the last two days we have had very heavy winds that are unusual for this time of year. Safe to say I've felt awful and disheartened as I've seen my bougainvilleas get lashed with 38mph winds.
Here's how one of them looks right now, with the wine set to continue until tomorrow:
My questions I'd like some advice on are:
Is it going to be impossible for me to have bougainvilleas on my terrace?
How long will it take for them recover from the wind?
Are they likely to die now or can I save them and hope they establish better during the summer when the winds aren't as strong?
If they were more established, would they be more wind resistant?
Lastly, if I can't have bougainvilleas on my terrace, could anyone recommend any climbers with pretty flowers that would look nice climbing up these posts and be able to withstand infrequent gusts of wind during the summer?
Thank you for any advice!