Bougainvillea growing wild, along the road sides, in all kinds of colours. And I've toyed over the years with the idea that I might grow one at home as an indoors plant, but never really dared to try, thinking they were too exotic and delicate for the likes of my clumsy if keen green fingers.
When I'd found Bougainvillea plants for sale online, they were expensive, and I thought, tricky to grow, so I didn't bother. But the other week a local greengrocer had Bougainvillea plants for sale along with their apples and pears.
They had two sizes of plant, small for a fiver and large for a tenner. I went for the small one, thinking it would be less money to waste on a plant I might not be able to make survive as a house plant in the North of England, when it really should be growing wild and pretty on a Spanish plain.
But I've done it... and I couldn't be more proud. The plant that cost me a fiver has been repotted and grown huge, it's even flowered twice this summer so far and is as happy as larry. And do you know what, so am I.
I'm on twitter @flaming_nora