|DON'T SHOP--TAKE A WALK!|
The above are from a lone, spindly bush of oleander, so common in Southern California as almost to be a trash plant.
These come mostly in white, creamy pink, and deep red, and the flowers are apparently poisonous (possibly because they are often placed alongside our freeways and have mutated from the exhaust).
As you can see, they are beautiful.
The below are bougainvillea. You'll be walking along a totally "ordinary" residential street in L.A. and come across a cascade of these gorgeous blooms: magenta, amber-gold, mother-of-pearl...I have never been able to fully capture the way the sun glows through the flowers (technically bracts) in late afternoon.
|BUT I KEEP TRYING.|