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Monday, August 22, 2011

Passionate ~

I have been growing a
Passion Flower vine...

for a number of years here...
it was gifted to me by my friend Bea's father, Albert...
Albert has thee greenest thumb of anyone I know
and relies on the Old Ways of planting & harvesting...


he told me to plant my cutting (from his garden)
in the cycle of the Waxing Moon

as you can see by my pictures,
my vine is healthy,
but
my flowers don't look like the 'textbook' flowers...
where are the actual petals?


I have beautiful fringe-y things that resemble frizzled-purple-spaghetti...
and a beautiful stamen ready for the hummingbirds and bumbler-bees...


but where oh where are the petals???



kinda freaky....
I do have a couple more buds that should be opening soon,



so I'll keep an eye on them ~


I wonder what kind of fruit they'll bear if there are no petals?
skinless passionfruit? seedless passionfruit?
passion-less passionfruit?

we'll soon see....


has anyone else grown these?

please remember, I am a Transplanted Yankee ~
and had never even heard of a passionflower vine or fruit before 2003...


any suggestions
????


Blessings from the Farm...
Lori

15 comments:

Peggy Lee said...

Good Morning Lori!
I Googled Passion Flower and while there are a few different varieties, yours is most definitely one of them. It looks exactly like it's supposed to. I have to say....I prefer yours. There's just something so beautifully lacy about it.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

thanks Peggy ~ I think it's beautiful too :)
~L

Melody said...

Lori, My Aunt grew a passion vine on her front porch trellis years ago. It looked just like yours. I think the purple strings are the petals.

I think it is so pretty too, I always thought they resembled crocheted doilies. (Maybe partly because my Aunt crocheted alot..)

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

thanks Melody~ it does look like it's crocheted!!
~L

HomeSpunPrims said...

What a unique flower. So delicate looking. It does look a bit like a doily. Thanks for showing us Lori.

From Sherry's Heart said...

Look at the 3rd picture down from the top. When I looked at it, I IMMEDIATELY saw the Man in the Moon face!!!!
Do you see it?????

Sherry

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

Hi Lori
I am a transplant from California to Virginia. I had a few of this variety of passionflowers. I think they are really unique and gorgeous. Your plant is very healthy - that is just the way the little freaky flowers are suppost to look! fantastic.

jonette said...

I am in VA too and I have grown these for years. They will send runners underground and come up in lots of places over the years. I think they are so pretty.

Constance said...

Hi Lori,

I grew one way back at the old house, it looked a lot like yours but it wasn't as colorful. It never had petals proper just the pretty frilly things.
Take care,
Sallie

Jennie Lynn @ Appleseed Prim said...

The flower's an original like her owner :) I too am a transplanted Yankee. I'm originally from Upstate NY along the Hudson River. Maryland is lovely but I miss the north in the fall.

TheCrankyCrow said...

I AM a Yankee and have never been transplanted....but I actually grew one of these last year in a pot huge pot on my deck - it was gorgeous!! Mine was a yellowish-white with purple, but looked very similar to yours....It went crazy and I kept adding trellises and things for it to climb on. I would have loved to have wintered it over, but, alas, the pot was too large to move and even if I could have, I wouldn't have had space for it.....And mine got bunches of green fruit with fuzz-like skin. I never cut into them as I left them on the vine thinking they'd grow larger (they only got to be the size of a kiwi maybe) - and then they turned brown.....???? Good luck with yours - it looks like it's thriving! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

cucki said...

very unusual flower..i will surely look if we have it in south africa

susiedele said...

Just beautiful! Our Creator had quite a knack for design and style.
I've heard the herb from the fruit is used for treating insomnia. I wouldn't have a clue how to harvest it. Is it fragrant?

Cameron said...

The fruit that grows is called a molypop. I grew up eating these. The inside are small seeds which are sour. You cannot pick them when they are very hard or the fruit will not be present. You cannot leave them too long or they get mushy, sweet and slimy. When they are right the seeds are sours and yummy.

Lori Ann Corelis said...

We have one of these on our mail box . . . and kind of grows out into the street! :-) I need to start a piece somewhere else too! It was just this year that I found out the fruit was edible!

Enjoy it!
Lori Ann

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