Friday, October 29, 2010

Bougainvillia


via Wikipeda

Bougainvillia smothered in a riot of brilliant blooms is a staple in Mediterranean gardens. The invasive thorny, woody vines are actually native to South America though and nothing really bothers them, except the cold.



In the middle east, they call it Majnoon (crazy) because it grows like wild.  If you look away, it will sneak up on you (kind of like the wisteria in my backyard -  not as bad as kudzu) and yet, when you see it, you smile and exclaim "How lovely!" (That was me, BEFORE I began the wisteria wars!)

Interesting segue: Majnoon, literally translated, means "with a djinn" As in, crazy people are possessed by genies. (Wonder if I can I call an exorcist for that wisteria...)

3 comments:

The Golden Eagle said...

They may be invasive, but like a lot of plants called that, they're quite pretty. :)

Jules said...

Such a beautiful intruder. I can tell you, here there is no killing Kudzu but then I have not tried exorcism. :) Let me know if that works. :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Christopher said...

very purdy

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