26 August 2007

One thing leads to another

So here's the thing - put a pair of secateurs in my hand and an urge to prune overtakes me. Give me a pruning saw and it becomes the urge to destroy. Who knows what would happen if I had access to a chain saw?

I have a bougainvillea growing against my side fence. In late winter, I prune it back to thicken up the growth. It then rewards me with masses and masses of flowers all summer long. Yesterday I did the pruning and filled my recycling bin with the thorny cuttings.

But then, last night, I saw on Gardening Australia on TV that they visited a bougainvillea specialist and he described how he cut his plants back very hard every six months. So you can guess what happened today - I now have a stump. It has a diameter wider than my arm and is about a foot tall. Oh dear, what have I done? I will report back in a month or so whether it has sprouted new growth or curled up its toes.

PS. As a result of this extreme gardening, several long, strong thorns inserted themselves in the pads of my fingers (yes, I had gloves on). This makes it extremely painful to type. Should be interesting at work this week...

2 comments:

tracey petersen said...

You can't kill bougainvillea with an axe!! It will be back and you'll be puring thorny branches in no time.

Nola said...

Oh wow, and I thought David pruned mine hard! (This is the one you bought me as a farewell present when I left work, remember? The one that was supposed to be a dwarf variety? Well, I guess it is a little less feral than the normal sort... maybe.) It was looking very sad but I now see it could have been pruned way harder.

I love the image of you turning into some sort of ravening maniac if presented with pruning equipment!