(See side note at the bottom of the post to see what happened to The Vines) The passionflowers are notorious for being short lived, often needing to be replanted after a few years as they begin to lose vigor. My passiflora "incense" isn't even pictured today, as its already declining after one amazing year in my garden, but passiflora alatocaerulea is taking off with several booms at a time on the same plant.
I simply can't get enough of the waxy petals, intricate structure and amazing smell of these passionflowers. Lucky for me, the incredibly humid air seems to carry the scent aloft across the garden so that I smell sweetness from the moment I pull up in the driveway. Perhaps the crape myrtles have something to do with the effect, as they do smell more strongly than I realized in years past.
To the right is my passionfruit (passiflora edulis) that I started from seed last fall. As many of you know, it defied the odds survived the cold of winter, enduring several nights of 20 degrees and still keeping green growth above the ground. The other seedlings from the same fruit perished, but for some reason this one proved to be more cold resistant.
I will definitely be collecting seeds if it fruits and taking cuttings before winter just in case so that I can preserve this trait. Hopefully I'll find another passionfruit for sale before it flowers, if only so I have another plant in bloom for pollination... Does anyone know where I can find one in the Seminole county area?
Its still pretty small, but fertilizing it seems to have really done the trick, as its put out a vigorous flush of growth and is finally exhibiting the lobed leaves that you see on mature plants. Wish me luck!
My lucky sea bean, entada gigas is reaching for the sky!
Also, my sea bean is really taking off and is currently seeking a relationship with a tall and supportive tree.
A while back I referenced www.seaheart.com and its excellent page about the life cycle of a sea heart. I even got a little silly and referred to the guy in the photos as a "hippie", for which I'm now ashamed. I happened to see a recent photo of Spencer Pratt with a lot of facial hair and was still laughing about it while writing the post, much to the detriment of the post and my integrity.
You see, I'm always reading Kyna's hilarious posts and wishing that I could infuse more humor into my blog, as I'm quite the jokester in real life (really!), but going off topic is really not consistent with my goals for this blog anyways. (I guess every blog has its purpose, and I hope that mine provides information and inspiration for growing tropicals whether in the tropics or out.)
Oh, my gloriosa and lantana are blooming too.
(Side note: Well actually "The Vines" faded from attention for reasons other than the temperature, unless you count the Billboard Heat Seekers chart. Remember jangly lo-fi favorites like "The Hives" and "The White Stripes"? At least they started a welcome trend of creating music that wasn't overproduced in the meantime, though by listening to the garbage on the radio you would think that modern rock is dead. Interesting side note within a side note: The Vines' lead singer Craig Nicholls was actually diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism. There you have it, the largest diversion thus far on my blog.)