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Brick and Bougainvillea
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Bougainvillea blossoms overhanging a perimeter wall in Fort Cochin. 

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12 responses

  1. Breathtaking and beautiful!

    January 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

    • I am always impressed as I pass that house. The size, abundance and colour of the flowers are so spectacular. Aside from the monsoon season, when the blooms take a bit of a bashing, the shrub is permanently in bloom.

      My own bougainvillea are small and in pots on the roof terrace: so not quite on the same scale!

      January 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  2. That brightened a cold, dull January morning. I feel a trip to the Kew Gardens’ hothouses coming on.

    January 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    • Kew Gardens has been one of my favourite places since I first visited back in the early 1960’s. The hothouses are a real treat.
      I think, perhaps in winter, they should sell spicy vegetable samosas..

      January 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm

  3. Am I imagining it or were we allowed to stand on the giant lily leaves when we were children? I know it only cost 1d to get in.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    • I certainly don’t remember being allowed to stand on the lily pads – and am sure I would!
      But when I first went the cost had risen to 2d. Maybe by then they had lost a few young visitors, so tightened up on Health & Safety..

      January 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  4. Jannette

    I don’t know about Kew Gardens, but you could have your baby photographed on one in the Botanical Gardens in Leiden (the Netherlands). Somehow doesn’t quite have the magic of memories of standing on one as a child though..

    (http://www.hortus.leidenuniv.nl/index.php/fotoshoot_babies_op_blad_victoria_amazonica)

    January 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    • What an amazing – but slightly spooky – picture you provide in your link. It looks like something from a fairytale or science fiction story!

      The weight limit is set at 10 kg (22 lbs), so there won’t be many infants much more than twelve months old who could take up that photo-opportunity.

      I might have been still at primary school when first taken to Kew, but I certainly weighed considerably more than 10 kg!

      January 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  5. Toffeeapple

    An utterly stunning image, that would take my breath away each time I saw it.

    January 31, 2012 at 12:44 am

    • Perhaps that explains an occasional shortness of breath – it’s not just my lack of exercise!

      January 31, 2012 at 7:18 am

  6. toniannealyn

    Oh yes, blame the views every time!

    January 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    • In which case I might just have another chapati…

      January 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm

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