The Steady One

posted by Sharon September 10, 2013 23 Comments

It’s comforting when something in nature stays the same in the midst of change. The seasons are about to turn over, the falling leaves are already carpeting the lawn, and the flowers of spring and summer are past. One bloom is always with us here in the desert climate of Southern California, though — the bougainvillea.

We enjoy daffodils as spring starts. In the mountains, the lilacs bloom in April, and then the poppies march across the landscape in May. But in May in the desert, I found bougainvillea.

Last week the desert had only a few blooms left after a summer of temps over 100 day after day. But bougainvillea flourished.

On our patio, we have two of these plants in pots. They usually take turns flowering. One or the other is going year round. Today, both are in full of delicate pink.

The bougainvillea bring a stability to my world. They can be found from the ocean to the desert around here, any month of the year. They thrive in intense heat, and they can withstand cold. They just keep on.

When time brings too many changes too quickly, when the world spins too fast, I look for the stable, for something that remains the same.

How about you? What brings you a sense of steadiness in your world?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Tuesday Muse, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, and Communal Global.

The photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Touchof-1 and Happy Heart.

 

 

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23 Comments

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Mascha September 10, 2013 at 4:20 am

What wonderful flowers!
I love bougainvillea, but for us it does not keep. It is too cold.
I had two plants in pot and of course I bring them into the house in winter … but sometimes in the autumn days, as it is not above +5 ° C and even they could not stand. They stood outside for a few days, almost every night I brought her in – sometime I forgot it, then they were dead even though there was no frost in the night …
It seems to me they are too sensitive for German climate.

With stability is, as strange as that may sound, the waning light. Actually a sign of change, but it is a continuous, on which you can rely on. The weather can not be relied on us.

I like the morning with breakfast by candlelight and the longer evenings. Now even. You have something mystical.
If it is very dark later, I await with longing the increasing light and I know that it is reliable and determined. It comes back.
No law, no politician can change it. It gives me a sense of stability.

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PieniLintu September 10, 2013 at 4:55 am

Beautiful colors!

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Ewa September 10, 2013 at 5:16 am

Sharon, beautiful flowers! Isn’t it great after the winter to witness the growth again? And it is so exciting to see what has survived and which poor things are not doing so well.

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lynn September 10, 2013 at 7:08 am

they just don’t like humidity much which is why we’ve been told it is difficult to grow them in our particular area…these are gorgeous shots and lovely post.

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Nancy Claeys September 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

A lovely post Sharon — and thoughts. I find my dogs bring much comfort and stability to my days — thank you for sharing at TM this week. xo

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deb@ Frugal Little Bungalow September 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

These are just lovely! 🙂

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin September 10, 2013 at 11:41 am

How gorgeous! You have such wonderful thoughts and always put them to “paper” so eloquently!

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kim September 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I agree! We enjoyed year round bougainvillea when we lived in Thailand. It always made me happy to see the swaths of pink!

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Buckeroomama September 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Oh, I love bougainvilleas! My mom, too. She grows them in large pots and tries to have one of each color… even ones with two colors in one plant. 🙂

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Pat September 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

They are beautiful blooms. It must be wonderful to have them year-round.

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Pride in Photos Photography September 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Sharon, in Florida this is one of our steady eddies too♥ You can always count on this beautiful gem to brighten your day.

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Robyn September 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Lovely thoughts today, Sharon. I think we all need to have that sentiment of stability in our lives. That little thing that makes us feel secure and safe.

Thank You for sharing something that makes you feel good.

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Peabea September 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Always fun to see what you’re sharing. Not sure if there’s any flowers that are steady year around her in Ohio. Beautiful…

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Molly September 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Such a beautiful plant, always reminds me of holidays in France and Greece

Mollyxxx

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Dina@4LettreWords September 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Wow…what a lovely, faithful bloom! I’m not familiar with them, but it seems like something we might have in the south.

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Coloring Outside the Lines September 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Beautiful blooms- I wish I could grow it year-round here in the south. What brings me steadiness? My husband..more so than any other person in the world.

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Prairie Jill September 11, 2013 at 3:31 am

Oh, these are gorgeous! And how wonderful to have them all year! Winters here are long and cold … and white!

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a spirit of simplicity September 11, 2013 at 3:58 am

So pretty. I just love that last photo

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Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods September 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

The blooms are so pretty! Such a lovely color. For me, my daily routine of taking care of my animals brings me stability 🙂

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Uwe / "you-wee" September 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Wonderful colours, wonderful bougainvillea, Sharon! I have a small bougainvillea plant in front of my appartment, but this year it hasn’t flourished unfortunately… ;-(
Regards from Germany, Uwe.

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Patrice Plauche (@phpea) September 12, 2013 at 12:30 am

One of my favorite plants!

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bettyl September 12, 2013 at 4:51 am

That’s such an awesome plant! I love the uplifting color.

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Earl September 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Wonderful! Thanks for the memories that I have of my bougainvillea when I lived in
Riverside, CA. I had the kind that were burnt orange and pink in combination .

Earl

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