Bougainvilleas and Oleander
It was a blessed season this spring of 2018 for bougainvilleas and oleanders as well.
From my 5th floor balcony in Athens, above the vast Alexandras avenue, I have the privilege of viewing two old bougainvillea ladies and two more oleanders, flourishing on the opposite pavement behind the railings of little gardens decorating the front of old apartment houses. In the nearby Pedion tou Areos Park (Field of Ares), there are no bougainvilleas. It is full of oleanders. Pink and red (the Rhododendreos variety) but mostly the white variety. Those that we meet arriving in magical ...
But here queen of the climbing plants is the Mediterranean bougainvillea. The kind and variety of deep red, purple rather. So here we are, and I propose – if not provoke you – to walk around and just look around you. Forget the magnificent vistas from high above (you’ll have plenty of time to re-admire the glorious sunset from world-known Oia). Just walk around the towns, the villages, the neighbourhoods, the zigzagging pavements (forgetting, en route, the intriguing windows of tempting shops). Just look around you! Watch the colours: white – all the human made white constructions – and then blue, how many variants of blue. So different is the one from above us, the sky, from the deep blue sea, and then as well from the blue of the church domes.
And then suddenly, in a turn of an alley, there she is: queen bougainvillea! Repeating her glorious prestige at the side of outdoor steps, in front of humble houses or old manors, restaurants, at the entrance of 5 star hotels, rooms to let, studios or apartments. But most of all decorating – as she climbs above the famous “avli” – the courtyards of small private houses. Saluting as she arrives at the roof and offering a much needed shade. As well as producing a sight of splendor and uniqueness, rare in the whole world. The Bougainvillea! Come and meet her in Santorini!