November 19, 2009

Against all odds

When land is expensive, as it can be in many parts of Metro Manila, people buy small cuts and use the entire space for the house and garage, leaving nothing for a garden. The only soil this house had left was in a built-in planter in front of the wall that separates it from its neighbor. And from that cramped space, this bougainvillea was cascading over both driveways.

bougainvilla

21 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Despite confined to such a small space the flowers are so beautiful, you took a great picture!
It's impressive!
Léia

Per Stromsjo said...

Cramped but treasured, I'm sure. I was delighted to find these thriving in Sicily.

George said...

There may not be much space, but this is beautiful. I think it shows how much people desire to have the beauty of nature even in the midst of a crowded city.

bfarr said...

Lovely how nature will find a way.

Ken Mac said...

beautiful

Paula said...

I love bougainvillea and if this is the only flowering plant they could manage I think it's a great choice.

Leif Hagen said...

A fabulous flowering plant! I wish our neighbors would plant such a beauty!

Lianne said...

i love when the bougainvillea is in full bloom! such simple but beautiful flowers

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Jacob said...

One does what one must do; or can do. A great use of what little space there is! Bougainvillea is very pretty - we had some in the back yard...but it froze every winter and then looked terrible and the spikes made them hard to deal with so we dug 'em out and planted other, less beautiful, but more user-friendly plants.

Don and Krise said...

Beautiful. I love bougainvillea. I have never owned one, but one day I will.

Dina said...

Flower power, yay!

Kaori said...

Wow, the flower sure did grow! Very pretty :)

Olivier said...

j'aime bien ces fleurs, elles sont belles. J'aime l'odeur assez forte.

Misalyn said...

That's nice pink bougainvillea. Is it equally divided between the 2 driveways? ;)

I love bougainvillea in different colors. It can sustain and grow even here in Al Ain, even in steamy hot weather during summer.

Ruby said...

Hi Hilda, thanks for the welcome back :-)

Lovely flowers - bougainillea is so pretty, but doesn't grow at all well in the UK, shame!

the donG said...

it's quite rare to find these flowers in metro manila. but i've seen lots of it in the province. it usually comes in many colors

Lois said...

They certainly did a great job working with what little space they had! Beautiful!

Vogon Poet said...

Spectacular boganvillea, they got the best from that small planter. One can see many things in this sory...

gogouci said...

The colorful blossoms make this an inviting home. I'm glad they've made an attempt to keep some green space, no matter how little that space may be.

Bergson said...

beautiful bougainvillea, here it dead in winter

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

How lovely. Better to have some beauty than none! :-D