These were painted from a photo I shot at the big annual orchid show in the arboretum of the New York Botanical Gardens, which is located in the Bronx. Orchids draw the big crowds and are, of course, incredible but I was drawn to the papery bracts of bright bougainvillea. Here, it is grown in a hothouse. I miss it tumbling over backyard walls in CA. It takes no care and I love it, thorns and all.