Heaven Help Me, It’s a Pop-Up Nursery

Yes, that is a giant hanging bouganvilla. $14.95. It is 3 feet across. It is also mine. And I love it.

There’s a street corner in San Antonio–specifically Huebner and Vance Jackson–with a convenience store. In that lot, from time to time, are little pop up businesses. At Easter, for example, there’s a guy that sells giant, colorful bags of cascarones for a few dollars a bag. Naturally, this phenomenon existed prior to the trendy “pop-up retail” moniker. San Antonio has long played host to itinerant sales folk. That the same basic idea is “hip” now in major cities (read: New York and L.A.) sort of amuses me. Ah, but I digress…

This morning, after I dropped off the kid at summer camp, I was speeding driving down Huebner to a coffee shop, where I hoped to work on the book.

Then I saw this out of the corner of my eye:

Seriously, y’all, it looked like someone had splattered the parking lot with bright oranges, pinks, blues and greens.

I had to stop. Had to. A neon sign bellowed “ONE DAY ONLY.”

I wasn’t alone, either, in my temptation. By the time I u-turned and made my way back, there was only one spot left in which to park.

What’s not to love, right?

My eyes filled with color and my mind distracted by gardening again (we’ve been on vacay a lot and I’ve let the yard slip), how will I ever get back on track with the book today? Sigh.


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  1. I usually do purchase a purslane every summer, but I was too captivated by the bouganvilla.

    I had a double-blossom, powder-pink bouganvilla YEARS ago. Kept it alive for almost 20 years. Moved it from apartment to apartment, then house to house.

    It died in a freak freeze while I was in labor with my son. I was feeling sentimental this morning, I guess.

  2. Oh, be still my color-craving heart! Our gardens are so tired looking from the SC heat–I would have spent a small fortune at that pop-up nursery! Your bouganvilla is a stunning, happy purchase–and excellent reward for all of the hard work you’ve been doing on the book! Enjoy!

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