The bougainvillea is native to South America and thrives in the heat and sun. In Central Texas, it dies back to the ground in the winter, but always returns late summer with a beautiful display of flowers on new growth.
To help promote flowering, once the plant starts putting out blossoms, I snip back the limbs to stimulate the growth of more flowers. I didn't want to throw the pretty papery flower clippings into the compost pile, so into a vase they went - and are really quite long-lasting and great looking cut flowers. I just wish I had more going on in the garden right now so I could add some complimentary blossoms to the vase. I suppose the simplicity of a single type of bloom in a vase has its own unique elegance.