Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bougainvillea

This is me wondering how much bigger our bougainvillea (one of the true stars of our rooftop garden) will actually get this year if it's already this big by the middle of June.

Last fall, for the first time, I sent "Bogie" (and other plants) to a greenhouse to spend the winter - he (yes, he's a he!) came back home the first week of May ready to explode with flowers. In prior years, I had him winter-over in our stairwell. While the stairwell is warm, it's also very dry. Bogie would go dormant, lose all his leaves, and have to start from scratch when I'd bring him outside in May.

Although I have yet to receive a bill, I think sending him to a greenhouse was a good decision. Don't cha think?

Another thing...

I took this picture earlier this evening at 8:50 p.m. just before the sun set. The late setting summer sun, along with the fact that we have VERY FEW mosquitoes here which permits us to actually enjoy the sunset outdoors are two of my favorite things about living in Basel. I know (because my friends often tell me) that I can sometimes be very anti-Switzerland, but I think I'll start to balance it out by sometimes reporting on the things I actually like about living here. In fact, whenever I write about something I dislike about Switzerland, I'm going to (try to) balance it out by writing about something I like about living in Switzerland within the same post.

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Expat Traveler said...

I'm sure I'm the same way about living here or anywhere for that matter...

But it's one beautiful bush there! Love the late setting sun but I do have the hardest time sleeping at 5am when the sun peaks through...

I think Swiss Shutters would do the trick...

Colon Blow said...

Nice bush.

The Big Finn said...

ET - You should try one of those sleep masks - they're a lot cheaper than Swiss shutters.

CB - T'anks!