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June 22, 2014 - Harry Eagar
About a month ago, I was certain this bougainvillea was dead. It had dropped every leaf and was just a bundle of sticks. The only reason I didn't cut it down was that I wasn't eager to wade into all those thorns.

I was even more certain that it had died because the other bouganvilleas in the neighborhood, although they had dropped some leaves during the winter, had not dropped them all; and they were already opening new buds last month; and this plant had never dropped all its leaves in the 10 years or so since I planted it.

Maybe we cannot fool Mother Nature, but she can sure fool me.


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Jun-22-14 7:18 PM

Not twice!

bougainvillea originated from Brazil. Maybe the plant has not adjusted to the fact we have winter while Brazil is going through summer and vice versa. With la nina and el nino, everyone is thinking whether this or that.


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