I don't remember very much of my time in Antigua (ages 3-6) except for my dad fishing for lobsters in our backyard, donkey rides, having an incredible allergic reaction from biting into a lime, and the bougainvillea plant. Ah yes.. the gorgeous bougainvillea
The bougainvillea plant is named after a French navigator, Louis de Bougainville, who took a specimen back to France in 1768. Merci Louis.. what a beautiful name for a beautiful plant. I have grown up with the bougainvillea my whole life.. Antigua, Philippines, South Florida, and South of France. Now living in Newnan, I don't see much of this plant except for in the nursery's around Spring time.
my potted bougainvillea
Although it is frost-sensitive and hardy in U.S. Hardiness Zones 9b and 10.. Newnan is an 8, so I thought I would try it this year as potted plant around my pool. A major plus is that it is drought tolerant.. remember my post here??
bougainvillea in Antigua
beautiful fuchsia leaves
One day I will be back to a zone 9 or 10 and will have this lush fuchsia plant blooming all around me! In the meantime, I found this wonderful artist on Etsy that can preserve the bougainvillea leaf in resin. What a wonderful way keep the plant with you always!
Happy Mosaic Monday
For Mosaic Monday I have linked up with Little Red House. Images were found on Pinterest, Google, JCrew, and the House of Turquoise blog. Have a wonderful Spring Break!!