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Are you tired of passionflowers yet?

Joyce's photo

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.

 

 

Originally published at WormSpit. You can comment here or there.

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greatbearmd
Jul. 1st, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
As a kid, I would call passionflowers "space stations." I still think so. They look like they've been made from leftover parts of other flowers. Beautiful photos!
adrianaendless
Jul. 1st, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
Amazing! Such beautiful specimens you are cultivating :) Your entire garden must be lovely.
dark_phoenix54
Jul. 1st, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
One can never get tired of passion flowers.

I love 'Scentsation' but it can be a bit of a slow starter. Once it gets its roots under it, though, it's a magnificent rose!
ladycelia
Jul. 1st, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
Never tired of passionflowers.

Do you get usable fruit from them or are they purely decorative?
oakenking
Jul. 1st, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
I don't often get fruit from the ones in the yard, but occasionally. Several of the varieties make good fruit - P. incarnata is the tastiest from what I raise, although I'm really hoping to get fruit this year on some of the tetraploid hybrids. They require another tetraploid to pollinate, and I've got three going now... so hopefully they'll all get on the same bloom schedule some time this year!
ladycelia
Jul. 1st, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yum!

Oh, and on the rose front, if you like Scentsation, you might want to see if you can find Purple Tiger. Another striped, highly scented rose.
tilia_tomentosa
Jul. 4th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Wow, they sound pretty complicated.

And my mother got a single fruit last year from whatever her passionflower was (self-pollination, i assume), but there was no seed inside.
mrdreamjeans
Jul. 1st, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
Amazing macro shots!
esmerel
Jul. 1st, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous, gorgeous flowers. My snapdragons and petunias are having envy :)
tilia_tomentosa
Jul. 4th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
I'm never tired of passionflowers. :)
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