Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday- A new Passion plant!






I just can't seem to pass up a new variety of Passion Flower, so when I saw this one labeled "Ruby Glow" with a dark red flower and purple filaments I couldn't pass it up. I planted it on the fence, and hopefully it will grow wild and cover up the view into the neighbors yard.
My neighbor seems to have been a victim of the mortgage problem, disappearing into the night a month or so ago and the yard is horribly overgrown with weeds. It makes my weed problem look mild. The pictures above show the passion plant in the pot from the nursery, one of the amazing tendrils on the plant and then the final one of it on the fence. No blooms yet but I am hopeful!
One cool thing about this plant is that the plant puts out small yellow dots, which resemble butterfly eggs. It is thought that this is one defense the plant has evolved in the ongoing war between Passion plant and butterflies/caterpillars. Evidently butterflies don't like to deposit their eggs in a communal setting, and seeing the yellow spots they think someone else has already taken that spot.
The last picture below is my little Hibiscus plant- 3 blooms today! Definitely a record for me!

Happy Bloomin' Tuesday everyone!
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12 comments:

Carla said...

Passion vines are exciting! Especially the red ones-not hardy here. Neat info about the yellow dots! Makes sense. Your hibiscus bloom is unbelievable!! Just unbelievable. Thanks for sharing:)

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Dee, I love Passion Vines too. They grow so well on a chain linked fence so it will be beautiful when they fill in! Your Hibiscus blooms are so pretty. I love the color and all the blooms on your plant! Thanks for sharing today on Bloomin Tuesday!
Smiles, Ann

Darla said...

Sorry about your neighbor..Never heard of that type of Passion Vine, will be interesting to see it bloom. Beautiful Hibiscus!!

Aiyana said...

I'm now determined to get a Passion Vine! I've been wavering back and forth, but you've inspired me to look for one today!
Aiyana

Jean said...

I can't wait to see the passion blooms! The plant is huge for that little pot. The hibiscus color looks amazing. Happy Bloomin' Tuesday! Jean

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Beautiful color on your hibiscus! I have one that red. I haven't grown any passion vines but there's a place called Passion Flower Farm in Atlanta and she specializes in them so I imagine they'd do well here. Sorry about your neighbor!!

Manuela

thorntonwilliamsfamily said...

We tried to grow a passion-fruit vine this year but it grew about 3 inches high and stopped. Is it the same thing? As for the pictures of your property - absolutely astounding! Even tho the Denver Colorado area is considered desert, we get enough melt-off from the snow-pack in the mountains to generally not need to conserve water. Thank you so much for sharing! Vikki in the Denver, Colorado area. For pictures of our little garden, take a look at our blog: www.thorntonwilliamsfamily.blogspot.com

Laurie and Chris said...

I can't wait to see what the flower looks like on youe Passion vine. Your Hibiscus is beautiful.

Sweetie said...

I hope that your "Ruby Glow" does the trick and covers up your neighbor's weeds. My daughter has the same problem with a neighbor's weeds on her fence line. Your Hibiscus plant is beautiful - love the blooms.

PGL said...

What a great way to disguise a view you don't like & make a living fence at the same time. Passion vine flowers are so unique. Your hibiscus looks pretty happy with all those blooms.

Suzanne said...

Love the curling tendril of the passion flower. Your hibiscus is beautiful!

Denise said...

What a clever plant! And a super photos.