Death of a bougainvillea

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What a bougainvillea stump looks like. Lovely, no?

WELL, OKAY, not dead but really cut down to size.

The guys came this morning, four of them, with a chainsaw, which would have reduced the work considerably, but the chainsaw went south in about five minutes, so it was almost all done by hand. Ouch! Bougainvillea is about as spiky as a rosebush.

I offered them leather gloves, but only one took me up on it.

Obviously, the smart one.

Guy up top doing most of the work. Guys below fiddling with the chainsaw.
The good ole days, according to my child bride.

Now that the bougainvillea has been subdued, that leaves just one big plant problem, the loquat tree, which tosses garbage year-round but mostly in winter and spring.

The loquat was here when we purchased the double lot in 2002, and it’s grown significantly since then. But I must measure my moves because I now have one angry hen on my hands, my child bride who thought the bougainvillea was wonderful.

That was because none of the negative aspects ever affected her. It was like having grandchildren as opposed to children. Always good times.

The bougainvillea was her grandchild, but it was my nasty child.

We found yucky pigeons in the bougainvillea, two occupied nests with more angry birds who did not want to vacate the premises and had to be bodily evicted.

At least there were no eggs. Never a dull moment.

46 thoughts on “Death of a bougainvillea

  1. Geezus! You’re a menace to Mother Nature!

    Now just go up to your new glass dome, sit down and have an iced tea, before you wreck anything else.

    Better still, do some rain dancing up there.

    It’s supposed to rain all next week, according to the Weather Channel, but I’m not hopeful.

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    1. Señor Lanier: A menace to nature, am I? You’re not the only one to embrace that view. Let’s see, there’s Ray in Alabama. My wife, of course, And now you. Likely more. They just don’t pipe in.

      But I run a tight ship. If something is more effort than it’s worth, get rid of it, I say! It’s my life philosophy. It applies to both plants and people. Other things too.

      As for the blessed rain, we got a nice downpour yesterday afternoon, cooling things off. As for the forecast, I’ve noticed that it depends on which service you use. There are plenty of them, and their forecasts can vary wildly. But June is almost here, so it won’t be long.


  2. I have been toying with the idea of pulling up everything in my four planters and starting over. Once again, you may have given me the push to take action.


  3. If I did something like that to such a beautiful bugambilia, my wife would use my dead body as fertilizer for the one she plants to replace it.

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  4. Al and I agree, you and Steve agree. What is this world coming to? You’ve gone and traded the bougainvillea for a prison wall. Well, I’ll have you know that it’s going to grow back stronger than ever. You just think you’re in charge. You’re not.

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    1. Ms. Shoes: You are quite right. It will rise from the ashes, but it will learn the meaning of stern discipline. I will never let it get back to its former size. It will be reasonable and pretty.

      Or else.


  5. You may not like this question. I apologize. Why do “Old Men” want to cut everything down? I don’t blame her. The blank wall looks pitiful.

    This happens in our community all the time. Beautiful 35-year-old trees cut down because they don’t want to pay to trim them. We love ours.


    1. Beverly: Who you calling an old man, young lady? As for the blank wall, fear not. That sucker will come back. It’s like untreated cancer. But now that I have it down to size, I will be able to control it. I have three others in the yard. They are quite pretty and reasonably sized. This one I whacked today was the first planted, years back, before I realized what those things are capable of. They never, ever stop growing.


      1. Glad to hear it will come back and I stick to my statement that “old men always want to cut everything down”! I have proof of it in our community.

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  6. I’m going to have to chime in on the side of La Señora and Ms Shoes and others. Why don’t you just pay Abel the pittance he charges and have him come over and rake up leaves every few weeks? Seems like a small price to pay for such lovely blooms, the absence of the “prison wall,” and the happy wife.

    The peach tree I could understand. But Bougainvilleacide in Mexico ought to be a capital crime.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we have sternly resisted cutting back big, beautiful bushes.


      1. Maybe I need to give you back some of your own advice: chill out and don’t worry so much about things like leaves on the ground.


        1. P.S. When I wrote my original comment, I had failed to notice that the bougainvillea is not even dropping leaves on grass. It’s dropping them on concrete or empedrado! What could be easier than getting a leaf blower and the job is done in 3 minutes?

          Oh dear. I can see why La Señora would be pissed.


          1. Haha…well, you’ve given me various “chill-out” types of advice over the years, so it’s hilarious that you’re now resisting it yourself. Cheers!


  7. Kim had the solution. Gerard describes what would have happened to me if I had done the dastardly thing you did.


    1. Patzman: Your lovely wife too? No surprise there. You let her live in the United States far too long. Gringa feminism has ruined her forever. My heart goes out to you. And you had a perfectly good Latina wife at the get-go. Sad.

      Dunno why your comment was sent to moderation. Was not me who done it.


  8. First rule of survival with women is to never mess with their plants and never say anything about their family. Anything you say or do will be used against you.


    1. Señor Gill: Good points. However, this was not her plant. It was mine. She does have her own plants, mostly in pots and planters outside her pastry kitchen. Most look like hell due to lack of care. She is a gardener more in her own mind than in the physical world.


  9. Felipe: I’m with you. Some plants are for inside the wall and others are for outside to pose resistance to those who might want to get in. I had a beautiful deep red climbing rose that was covered in blooms like your ex-bouganvillea in early June and again at about Labour Day. After that second display, it had to be chopped down to 18″. There was no ravine at the end of the road to dump the spiky mess in. Another pariah (or slew of them) was the Black Walnut trees all over my back yard.

    Not every plant belongs where it has been put. You will find something else to pot there, and when the bouganvillea grows back, if you keep it pruned, it will blossom splendidly. Man must manage his vegetation!


    1. Kris: Ah, a sensible man. Yes, it will bloom again, but it will not be allowed to fly out of control.

      Another plus to cutting it down was that some nasty pigeons lost their hidey hole in my yard.


  10. Before the rains is time to cut back the plants, more so the ones that grow like mad. It will return and a little more control at the beginning, and it will behave.

    My better half stays on top of the pruning, and that is just fine with me.


    1. Kirk: How right you are. The whole shebang flew out of control due to my lack of diligence. It will not happen again. I have learned a tough lesson.


  11. Wow. At least it will grow back. I would sleep with one eye open until the dust settles.


  12. No need for me to comment further, as I see you have already mentioned me in reply to a comment above.

    I could also point out that no grown man should ever use the word “yucky” in a sentence, but it wouldn’t do any good. We once had a similar disagreement regarding the word “tummy.” I’m just glad you don’t have grandchildren — “poopy” diapers might send me over the edge.


  13. Yes indeed, señor. You know how to drag those comments in. The lowly plant has many backers. I hope, by now, La Señora Guapa is still speaking to you.

    You live a daring existence on the edge of a high cliff.


  14. Felipe,

    Got to side with the child bride on this one; you’ve gone too far. All you’ve got now is a boring brick wall. All things in moderation, my friend. Hope the bougainvillea recovers sufficiently to add a little color back to your garden.

    Still hot and dry over here in Gringolandia.



    1. Troy: Most everyone sides with my better half. Oh, well. Truth is that the photo does not show the many other things just to the right and left, off-camera, so it’s not quite so barren there as it appears. Plus, that little bugger of a plant will be flowering again in no time. I’m just not gonna let it get anywhere near so large in the future.


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