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Apr 1, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: cheapskate gardener
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Bougainvillea

I call this beauty the devil bush. The thorns are wicked and have a substance on them that makes the wound ache long after I've been stuck by one. The flowers are gorgeous, though.

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I have found that coffee, tea, and rose can all agree on one thing... water everyday.
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Apr 1, 2021 6:05 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
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Awesome banner hlutzow!
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Apr 1, 2021 7:07 PM CST
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Very good contrast of the sky to the bougainvillea, bringing out the beauty of the plant.
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Apr 1, 2021 7:14 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Beautiful banner CG!
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Apr 1, 2021 8:05 PM CST
Name: Laurie
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hlutzow said:

I call this beauty the devil bush. The thorns are wicked and have a substance on them that makes the wound ache long after I've been stuck by one. The flowers are gorgeous, though.



The devil is good at putting on beautiful disguises!

Lovely banner, hlutzow!
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Apr 1, 2021 9:47 PM CST
Name: SoCal
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Beautiful banner, I got rid of 3 of them too because of the thorns.
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Apr 2, 2021 2:57 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Beautiful banner, hlutzow. Thumbs up

re: the thorns...I always wear gloves, but
I've been stuck by roses waaaaay more times. Rolling my eyes.

Bougainvilleas are great plants that bloom profusely (right now).
The only downside is when all the blooms fall, and create a little mess, but worth it, imho. Smiling
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Apr 2, 2021 5:13 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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Vivid and compelling banner. Since I live in a climate zone that doesn't allow bougainvillea to grow outdoors, I've only seen it in conservatories. I wasn't aware it was thorny. I can understand a love/hate relationship between it and anyone who raises it, now.l Thumbs up
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Apr 2, 2021 9:22 AM CST
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It sounds like there's a Beauty and a Beast wrapped up in one here. Interesting.
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Apr 2, 2021 4:53 PM CST
Name: cheapskate gardener
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Thank you, everyone!

@EscondidoCal The thorns on this bush are about an inch long. Other than really thick canvas or leather gloves, I haven't found anything that can provide even a little protection. I eventually gave up and I just am very careful handling it.

@Fleur569 So true.
I have found that coffee, tea, and rose can all agree on one thing... water everyday.
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