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Tuesday 5 June 2012

The end of sleeping beauty's castle

Where I grew up everything is green, moist, mainly overcast, and lush.

Where I live now we do not see clouds for about 9 months of the year. On the one hand, the endless sunshine
is wonderful. On the other hand, water is scarce and things tend to grow very, very slowly.

So whenever something is green in my garden it doesn't get touched. I know that this is not the best approach.
I also know that plants do (allegedly :-) ) better when they get cut back regularly.

Still, I just can't bring myself to do it.

The bougainvillea in front of the house has been growing unhindered since we moved in 7 years ago, and has
turned the stoep into a castle for sleeping beauty (she can be found there most Sundays, sporting a book and a
cup of tea):

Unfortunately, it got too heavy for the roof beam, and we ended up with this (I wedged a board underneath, and then
went on to happily ignore the situation for a couple of weeks):

But last Sunday I got evicted from my favorite winter reading spot (the sunlight just dapples through the leaves and
it is soooo comfy!), by two men carrying big gardening shears:


Despite some feeble protest I knew that it could not be avoided any longer. After apologizing profoundly to the plant,
I took Eva and the dogs for a long walk.

When we got back the bougainvillea had gotten a serious haircut, and my stoep had turned from a secluded, secret place
into an open and very visible area:

To be quite honest, I do not like it one bit. But I know it had to be done. I also know it is far from finished yet.
My man and a friend installed a similar (but much more elegant) version of my quick solution.
When we have some money left over the whole construction will have to be replaced:

Hopefully, by then I will have gotten used to being lazy in plain view of the common folk ...

Lots of love,


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  1. Awwww...I'm sorry for your bougainvillea and for your loss of privacy! But, I love that you have such a big space for yourself to relax in! Loves those mosaic blocks too! I wish for quick regrowth for you!

  2. I'm so sorry that sleeping beauty lost her privacy! I love little reading places like this and I know it must of hurt to watch it go. I am hoping it grows back fast!

  3. It's a beautiful day.... the sun is shining, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD morning lovely princess!

  4. How sad....Bouganvilla is so beautiful, esp when it is allowed to grow freely. So sorry, Jutta.....but I know you will think of some way to make it feel comfortable for you. Fascinating how the tree trunk looks as if it is supporting the it? Thank you for sharing this part of your life.

  5. Your beautiful bougainvillea. What a lovely post paying tribute to your time together. You can still be a princess though :)

  6. I am sorry about your bougainvillea. Hopefully it will grow fast and you will get some of your privacy back.

  7. ....oh the bougainvillea looked beautiful, but the spot still looks comfy, though I know that public observation isn't the best thing when lying in complete lazyness....haha Kisses!

  8. i love the space, and the bougainvillea looked stunning and i am sure it will be back better than ever ... i know what you mean about secluded spots, but the light looks so nice to relax in too :)


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