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Friday, August 5, 2011

A Bougainvillea Chimera I Murdered

I  hope you still like me after reading this. Early this week, Andrea wrote a post titled, "Have you heard of the chimera? which made me think back about some of the things that I had done wrong. I was preparing a post about a hibiscus chimera that I had almost killed when she posted her chimera post ahead of me.

The picture above is a much LOVEd bougainvillea chimera which has been with me since the time I started a garden in my new home. The seller assured me that the sapling was a 'normal' bougainvillea.

“A Bougainvillea Chimera I Murdered”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on August 5th, 2011.

This bougainvillea doesn't bloom much but it has lovely variegated foliage which seems to get more beautiful with the amount of sunlight received. It had withstood many of my DIY blunders such as the constant aimless hard prunings, the wrong dosage of fertilizers, my self-help drought treatments to make it bloom more, etc, etc...

Early this year, it was looking its most gorgeous ever with its lovely branches draped over my fence, forming beautiful patterns that danced gracefully under the breeze. It looked good even when drenched by the rain. It grew so big that the flower pot cracked and burst, spilling out some soil and exposing the roots.

I have since cut up the whole living plant into many pieces and disposed off the body parts, leaving no trace of its past glory. It had to make way for my 'Dream Girl', an extremely fragrant Passiflora laurifolia that a friend has been trying to propagate for me.

Now, after searching through all my archived photos since 2008, I found that I have not taken any flower pictures of this particular bougainvillea. The blooms were a sweet bright pink. I have never posted this bougainvillea before. I had always thought that it will always be around.

The first attempt on Passiflora laurifolia propagation was not successful. My bougainvillea chimera is gone. Now, I live to regret my own silly mistakes. Some people like me never learn :((

My bougainvillea, I miss you! Sob.

Today is Fertilizer Friday, thanks to Glenda of Tootsie Time, the link is here.


  1. Sorry about the loss, but you know what? Something exciting will come along and you'll realize why you did it.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. At the start of the post i am amused, happy reading, thankful too i inspired you somehow and thanks for the reference to me and my post, I am even thinking of suggesting what you should do to make them flower more, then suddenly, OMG, what have you done! You not only murdered but mutilated one of the lovely chimeras around! I actully love this kind of bougainvillea too. It was really a premeditated murder, not a simpler planticide! Your replacement feel the negative energies emitted by the older resident, so it is not happy too. hehe. I suggest you replace the whole soil and container and put it in another spot. Who says plants don't feel, ask ONE! But more seriously, i am sorry about that, but of course we learn from our experiences. Good luck!

  3. Ask One if she has murdered plants too with and without intention and she would be guilty as charged. We always have reasons to do what we did. At that time, it seemed like the perfect thing to do, right? I can only say that I understand. If plants feel, it must be only a very small percentage from what we feel. The tree is already harmed. Do NOT harm yourself with sorrow and regrets.

  4. I have murdered quite a few plants so don't feel sad. It just has to happen some times...;(

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  5. Aw, sending you a hug. Get another plant, and quickly! :)

  6. Well we did some foolish things in the garden at one time or another. Ive done my share of murdering too, though unintentional, so its manslaughter or 'plantslaughter'! Go and buy new pot of chimera and learn from your past mistakes Autumn Belle, no need to be sad...though it was quite a lovely plant especially the one with their pink blooms!

  7. It's beautiful! I agree, you need to get another :)

  8. Cher, thank you very much for your kinds words of consolation.

    Andrea, actually the Passiflora didn't reach my home because the propagation attempt was not successful, so I didn't get anything yet. This means that I have sacrificed something I loved very much for something that didn't materialised!

    One, I had to select one plant to 'murder' due to limited space. Now, I think I choose the wrong plant.

    Mary, actually at first, when the pot cracked, I planted it on a bigger pot. But I changed my mind after a few days.

    Asha, thanks, you are so sweet! I have no place, no place.

    P3Chandan, buy another chimera? But loving another is not the same anymore.

    Christine, you too think I should buy another chimera? Yeah, maybe I can dig out my purple single flower or purple double flower bougainvillea to make way for a new bougainvillea.

  9. Not only do we do away with unwanted plants, we gardeners are also guilty of hurting their feelings, neglecting them.I've been guilty of the latter lately. Cheer up, AB...we're all in the same boat.

  10. I have killed many plants too! Anyway we learn from mistake...

  11. I know all too well exactly what you mean here girl...I am guilty of the same crimes
    It does my heart good to tour around the gardens that are linked into my little party...I so wish every one of the people who share lived close enough that I could walk the gardens in person. Thank you so much for sharing with me this week...I hope you will again very soon!
    Hugs and smiles from Alberta Canada to you!
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.

  12. Rosie, thank you for cheering me up.

    Malar, I made a BIG mistake!

    Glenda, glad to be 'partner-in-crime' with you ;>)


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