This lovely little thing is Passiflora mooreana. It’s easy to suspect the photo for making it look kind of faded and blue, but that’s the way it looks in real life – the whole plant has a kind of sage green tint to it.
a solo shot in the light of the westering sun:
They smell sweet, too. I really love the ones with sweet scents. It’s surprisingly powerful, for such a small flower – the flower is only about two inches across, if that. Here it is next to P. caerulea.
and a closeup of the center:
another one that’s blooming well right now, is Passiflora incarnata “Bill’s Delight,” a pure-white selection of the native species from Companion Plants nursery. I had one of these a year ago, and then it suddenly died from the roots up – it looked like slugs ate the skin off the stem. Now, it’s going gangbusters, sprawling out of its pot and putting up new shoots.
We have two big Golden Orb Weavers in the garden this year – I am going to start feeding them grasshoppers. The mantises aren’t eating them up fast enough.
\and the “Scentsation” rose that I planted for Chris is doing well – I really want for it to start putting out more flowers at a time, but it is still adapting and getting its feet under it.