I knew my husband Dave wouldn’t like it. Which is why I did it when he was in the garage. He entered the house just as the thick, thorny branches fell. He didn’t take it well. There were raised voices and more than a little anguish in his voice.
“Why did you do it,” he wailed. “It took me years to get it going as a standard!”
“Yeah, but has it ever bloomed,” I asked in a calm voice as I carefully gathered the branches.
After seeing blooming specimens in hanging baskets at Ted’s Greenhouse, I hoped to discard the two thorny trees and, next spring, get varieties that would actually bloom in our lifetime. Oh well.
Meanwhile, back at Ted's (Remember I'd visited them a week ago to bring home an Echeveria?) I filmed him as he spoke about a fig he'd purchased and propagated, and later on a ponytail palm that seems to be one of a kind--variegated with not just a couple of stripes, but several on each leaf. At the end of the video are the bougainvilleas in hanging pots in one of Ted's greenhouses.
Dave saw these hanging pots, too. I hope he'll appreciate a blooming bougainvillea next spring. That is, unless he'd prefer to grow a thorn tree...