When I returned home this summer it was full blast, melt your face off, sitting in the oven hot. So much so that most of the plants that didn’t get at least some shade had literally cooked in the sun. It was ugly. A really good chunk of the bougainvilleas that we had planted and the worked so hard to wind through the trellis were firewood – firewood that had already been used and the charred remains had been left outside to bleach in the sun firewood. So I had to start pruning out the dead bits and trying to do what I could to keep the rest of it alive. As of today I can say that I think I have brought the garden back around. There are a few holes here and there but most of the big areas are starting to come back. The hedge row by the front door is actually going nuts right now. Of course I can’t find an electric hedge trimmer any where in this country so I’m going to have to Amazon myself one over – pain. But several of the areas are growing enough now that I really do need to get something other than my gi-ganto branch trimmer or scissors to trim up the bushes. I’m really hoping that around the end of October/beginning of November that they’ll start blooming and the colors will all come back. Here’s what we’ve got for now!