There is this crazy bougainvillea that we have in our backyard which is enough to drive a saint to the brink of madness. This thing is only about 8 years old, but it’s as cranky as a teenager. It grows wild. First I prune it down, with the firm intention that I will keep it under control and in good shape. A couple weeks of careful watching on the thing, during which time it does very little to annoy me. It just grows sedately, mashaAllah. So, I take my eyes off it, and come back in two weeks (I’ve got a life, right?!). Now I take a look at the thing, and leap back in total horror: it looks like Einstein on a really bad hair day.
Well, I’ve had enough. I’m going to tame this shrew inshaAllah. I’m going to turn it into a bonsai plant. Impossible dreamer, you think? Well, check out this article from the LA Times, which I’ve kept in the back of my mind for two whole years (gasp!). It discusses how this one man turned his 30-foot monster of a bougainvillea into a bonsai beauty.
I am going to try this. InshaAllah, it will work and our teenager will grow up to be a well-behaved yet fully thriving member of our garden. As cranky as this thing is, though, there is every chance it will just give up the will to live. I hope not, though…it’s flowers are such a gorgeous pink mashaAllah.