There are plants in the garden that don't seem to care whether you are there or not. You could go away for weeks or even months and they wouldn't notice. They don't need fussing over. They don't need to be watered. They are just happy with what nature provides them.
My garden relies on these plants. It is large and I don't get to spend nearly as much time gardening as I would like, so it can often become survival of the fittest. I do have quite a few plants that need regular care but many were chosen because they were suited to this climate and would require little care. Some of our climbers that need little attention are flowering at the moment. I thought I might feature a few.
The mandevillia is fairly tough as well, but does respond to some extra attention by producing more flowers. We've had a lot of rain this Spring, plus I have tipped some worm tea around its roots, so it has flowered more than usual this year.
Bougainvillea must be the supreme example of climbers that thrive on neglect. When they get too much water they put their energy into growing more foliage and branches rather than flowers. They can become a real problem if let get too rampant. They will cover trees or buildings and require a lot of pruning which can be painful with their thorns. (A friend has her back fence covered in them to deter tresspassers. Much prettier han barbed wire, but just as effective.) We only grow the bambino varieties and keep them in pots. I have discovered they are one of the few plants that can be kept in a pot and remain happy even if they are not frequently watered.
I just realised why they flower so brilliantly - it's the only time the poor things get any attention.