Friday, October 16, 2009

Passion in the Garden

Well you've not seen anything more passionate in my garden of late than my passion flower vines. It's calling out for a post of it's own.

Blossoms, buds, new vines abound on this plant. 

It cascades off the trellis in layers, falling in abandon on vine branch after vine branch.  When these plants decide to be proficient, they really go after it. To give you the full effect, I'm just going to have to show you lots of pictures. Here goes, one after another. I just went crazy taking photographs of this beauty. It is showing off right now and who can resist a plant that has to show off.



Talk about passion in the garden, this passion vine is dong its best.  Striking three-lobed leaves just never stop and on each stalk is a blossom and more buds. And don't you just love the three layers of this flower-- petals, second layer of petals, then pistils and stamens. It just wants to be looked at.

After two days of rain the plants were sparkling with raindrops the next morning. Out in the garden and here is this show-off plant still abounding in blossoms and beauty.

I've tried to take pictures of this plant from every which-a-way to give you the idea of what's going on in this part of the garden. Passion is the only way to describe it. Now enjoy these last few and breathe in the life and joy of a passion flower in bloom.

Did I see a third layer of petals, the white ones?

Yes, indeedy, I did. And look at the red splotching on the pistils. What a pistol this plant is!!!


Anonymous said...

Ah, to garden in a place where I could grow passion flower and bird of paradise. At the moment, I'm definitely experiencing flower envy! -Jean

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I can see why you are passionate about the passion flower. It's gorgeous and you did a fabulous job of photographing it. -Jackie

Blossom said...

they have all the right to show off. They are pretty. I believe I've never seen one before. Beautiful!

Linda S. said...

I am in love with the Passion flower! Especially red!! I've tried growing the so called Hardy Passion, but alas I'm too far north. I will try one as a house plant next, but will have to find a good mail order source as they aren't even offered around my part of the world. Your photos are fabulous!

Rosey Pollen said...

Mary Delle,
The blossoms on this plant are very tropical looking, like it would be in the rain forest.
Great shots!

Joanne said...

What a lovely rich colour beautiful photos.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a fabulous passion flower, and certainly deserves it's own post. I have the blue variety, and it vined liked crazy but didn't give me too many flowers yet. Still, I sure enjoyed the ones I got!

FlowerLady said...

What a BEAUTY!


GardenJoy4Me said...

Wow ! I haven't seen a red passionflower before and this is beautiful !! Those are wonderful pictures you took so we can see all the aspects of it : )

Germi said...

Mary Delle!!! I am a FREAK for passionflowers! And that one is BEAUTIFUL!!! Is it a Passiflora vitifolia? Because the color looks even more intense than usual - more ruby-ish! I LOVE IT!!! I grow 4 different passionflower varieties, and am gunning for more!
What amazing pics! So nice to know that we are birds of a feather -
And YOU are a pistol, too!

bradzio said...

I really like your passion flower. Ours is a much simpler looking variety, but I like the more extravagant looking flowers. That being said, ours still adds color to the garden even in winter and attracts all sorts of hummingbirds, butterflies and other insects. And covers an ugly old fence.