I LOVE our Bougainvillea, but I hate the mess it leaves behind. It blooms year round and with each passing year, the bushes seem to double in size, which means double the clean up. The blooms feel like thin paper and fly everywhere! I guess I shouldn't complain because I'm not the gardener. Every year my husband cuts them back and they just flourish by Spring.
A friend of mine dried a bunch and draped them over a rod in her kitchen window.It looked AMAZING , but when I tried it, the blooms were falling off and the color was nothing like hers. She told me you have to cut them when they are completely dry, and I may have left mine on a table in the moist air overnight..oh well! I'll try again.
I love the 3 color combination, and there is a light pink which we don't have but I may just go looking for it!