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Bluebells, Bourgainvillea and Jacaranda

Posted by lucypopescu on May 5, 2009

We are gearing up for a little more normalcy, starting from tomorrow. Apparently the new edict is that ties are  banned in the workplace – they potentially harbour germs. Businessmen all over the city will be sporting the casual look – I wonder whether it will catch on permanently.

It’s officially rainy season, so we’ll be getting more thunderstorms like last night – probably every day now. Like so much else in Mexico they really are BIG here and often result in power cuts. I miss the subtlety of the changing seasons in the UK. Today, friends posted pictures of a camping trip and I could see that the bluebells were out.

I guess I am extremely fortunate to have been able to enjoy the stunning jacaranda blossom here – both are welcome signs of Spring –  and the riotous displays of bougainvillea (bugambilia)  that is everywhere in Mexico at this time of year is also breath-taking.

bougainvillea

I know they are wanton and clamber over everything, happy to intertwine with friends and other members of their family, and that English bluebells are a little more restrained;  ‘spring-flowering bulbous perennials’, that are fussy about where they bed, only bloom with their ‘own type’ and are usually found in woods, but I suppose it is their mutual vibrancy that excites me and that they so defintively represent hope.

The Mexican flowers are particularly picturesque when set against colourful adobe walls.

bluebells-by-andrea-rippon

jacaranda-blossom-by-jaime-ramirez1

Jacaranda blossom by Jaime Ramirez

Bluebells by Andrea Rippon

In fact, it is very hard to say which I prefer. Strangely, despite their differences,  jacaranda blossom and bluebells remind me of each other  (it must be the similarity in colour –  and that they are both so pert and optimistic). English Bluebells , perhaps, have the edge. They have become rather more rare and, for me, remain a poignant reminder of a childhood spent in the bluebell woods of Oxfordshire.

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One Response to “Bluebells, Bourgainvillea and Jacaranda”

  1. Andrea Rippon said

    Wish you could have been with us wandering through the trees and listening to the sound that only happens in ancient woodlands: a sort of whoooshing, like there is some sort of time-travel-gateway into the past that links us with the generations of people that have walked there before. The sunshine came through the new beech leaves – all thin, bright green and fluttery – and settled in dappled patches; highlighting the blues and purples and mauves of the carpet below our feet. Truly scrumptious. Glad my photo gave you the chance to go back to your bluebell wood in Oxfordshire. Lots of love xxx

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