Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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     This picture is taken at the side area of Coastal Mall at Paranaque City. It just caught my attention while on a bus going to Baclaran. I have learned that this beautiful Bougainvillea is native to Brazil. This woody shrubby vine is widely cultivated in semi-tropical to tropical regions throughout the world. Bougainvillas can be grown as a container plant as well as in the garden areas. They can be cultivated and enjoyed in climates with cold temperatures and grown indoors in greenhouses and sun rooms. Plenty of bright light is essential for strong sturdy growth as well as for good flowering, temperatures should be about 60 degrees F during the growing and bloom season, hardy from zones 8-b and up. A well drained media is needed for optimal growth as well as a drying out period in-between watering. Bougainvillas can grow quite large filling an area very quickly, they can be pruned, shaped, and respond well to a spring grooming, quite drought tolerant once established. It is also widely cultivated here in the Philippines. Variety of bougainvillea is very abundant. My favorite color is the rose and white ones. (^-^)

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