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Tropical Zone Gardening: OUR FIRST PASSIONFLOWER IN OUR NEW GARDEN.

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lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 8, 2009
5:45 PM

Post #6522312

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a glorious day in Delray-les-Plages.

I planted this Blue Eye Susan passionflower vine about 3 weeks ago. It has climbed a good 4 feet since it arrived. It bloomed a few hours ago. When I checked it out just after sunrise today, the bud was about the size of my thumb (maybe a bit shorter). Then suddenly, VOILÀ! it's open. We are very excited.

Take care, all.
Sylvain.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2009
2:21 AM

Post #6524397

Gorgeous!! I need to plant my seeds of my white hardy passionvine. But if I do I'm just throwing them outside and pointing my finger at them and telling them to grow!! LOL. And now I need a tropical one thanks to you!! LOL
Braveheartsmom
Hillsborough , NC
(Zone 7a)

May 9, 2009
4:06 PM

Post #6526164

What an outstanding picture - just lovely Sylvain!
sharizma
saskatoon
Canada

May 10, 2009
6:38 AM

Post #6528649

Beautiful!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2009
1:48 PM

Post #6533321

Pu'ole, I have the same vine and am so thrilled that it made it through the winter. The vine is growing like a "weed" but so far no blooms. Lady Margaret red is just outside my window has she has been blooming just one at time. We had just the one day of sun and it is overcast and misting again this morning. The beautiful flowers need sun.

lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 11, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #6533511

We have the same passion vine. Oh, I tell you, if we lived closer to each other, people would start rumors. We are expecting 2 more blooms today. It's like a present every day. Mine goes crazy on Miracle Grow. I have a whole bucket of it and I am generous with the stuff.

Take care.
Pu'ole.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2009
2:42 PM

Post #6533562

hahaha. We could trade flowers all the time. Anything that grows here has to be really hardy. Right now we are in a flood mode, by June we will start a drought and temps will be over a hundred by the first of July. This past winter had more than one day in the lower 20's. Always a challenge.

PK
rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2009
11:55 PM

Post #6536145

mmmm..I better get there soon then.
Wow Sylvain..beautiful flower. That photo..what detailed clear shot!

lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 12, 2009
12:37 AM

Post #6536352

Thanks, Randy. My Olympus does nice close-up and macro work all by itself. I just have to set it, point and shoot. The file is then tweaked with Photoshop: cropping, levels, brightness, contrast and it's ready for Dave's garden.

We've been quite lucky with this passionflower vine. I love it.

Sylvain.
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2009
1:13 AM

Post #6536495

Randy, got the Lady Margaret at Caldwell's. She is going great guns.

PK
rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2009
2:00 AM

Post #6536765

I love that passion LM!

want the camera, but suspect the operator does quite well
nicholtammy
Huntsville
Canada

July 4, 2010
6:32 AM

Post #7942167

They have always been my favorie flower thank you for shareing
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

July 5, 2010
2:52 AM

Post #7944011

gorgeous pic, puole!! is it still growing?

lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 5, 2010
11:32 AM

Post #7945086

The Gulf Fritillary caterpillars ate all the leaves, leaving only the stems shortly after that picture was taken. It persevered, made some new leaves and a few flowers, which the caterpillars ate again down to almost nothing. So, it can go fly a kite. I no longer cares if it survives or not. I have a rule in my garden: survive or be replaced.

It's such a heartache to see such a beautiful plant devastated in less than 2 days. I now have other passionflowers that have yet to bloom but at least the caterpillars leave them alone because they contain deadly alcaloids. Butterfly gardening is vastly overrated unless you have a masochistic trait in your psyche.

Take care, all.
Sylvain.
extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

July 5, 2010
9:47 PM

Post #7946412

I'm with you on the butterfly garden Sylvain. I had some passionflower vines when I lived in Calif and battled those butterflies endlessly -- and mostly unsuccessfully. I would not go down that road again and plant something that I know is going to be devoured in front of my eyes. Frankly, I think butterflies are pretty in that form but they are not worth having their voracious caterpillar stage eat all your flowers. It's not a popular opinion though.
nicholtammy
Huntsville
Canada

July 5, 2010
10:04 PM

Post #7946433

lol I planted one once thats what happend it disapeared b4 the flower, never got to see it thank you for sharing yours with all on here
MatthewWilliam
Sydney
Australia

July 5, 2010
11:49 PM

Post #7946551

Wow! an outstanding picture
stefy
rome
Italy

July 25, 2010
12:33 AM

Post #7994856

wow, what a wonderful Byron Beauty! many compliments!

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