Passion in the limery

Now before your imagination gets away with you, it’s not THAT sort of post!

Last week during a regular potter in the limery, whist admiring the way that the red banana passisionflower vine is filling the space above the doors into the house:

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Not just the passionflower, but Pauline’s wonderful light-catcher too

I noticed this:

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A bud!

It’s not supposed to flower until June and this is its first year, so I was very excited. Even more so, when I wandered in yesterday to be greeted with an open flower:

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Sunshine, blue sky and passion!

Isn’t it lovely? And closer investigation has revealed quite a few more buds, although very small yet. The fruit of this particular species is supposed to be the best flavoured of all passionfruit, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for for at least one to taste. However, even if we don’t get any fruit, the joy that this single flower has brought makes the purchase and care of the plant all worthwhile.

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Red Banana Passionflower

 

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  1. Passion pink – so beautiful!

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  2. Oh, I envy you your passionfruit vine! We had one years ago but, when we moved, we had to leave it behind 😦
    Mind you, I envy you the Limery itself! Lol
    It’s really been lovely seeing how your plants are coming on so well from their start in this lovely nursery πŸ™‚

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    • The limery really is bringing me enormous joy… not to mention sucking up huge amounts of time with all the plants to tend. Fingers crossed for great crops.

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      • I’m sure with your green fingers, and both your, Mr Snail’s, ingenuity your crops will be ace – whispers {especially if we actually have a summer this year!} Lol

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  3. You could give nature a tiny push with a paintbrush doing a spot of, um, encouragement between two flowers…. my passionfruit vines have all inevitably been fruitless till I moved along and they became someone else’s property, at which point they burst into life. Too much care, perhaps, and not enough benign neglect. I find Panama Golds fruit very prolifically – once I’ve gone!

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  4. How lovely Jan passion flowers and light catchers! I had passionfruit vines for several years and know they need lots of pollination help to fruit. If the bees and butterflies were about the crop was good. You might have to leave your doors and windows open to encourage flying guests to visit the limery. Good luck – and in the meantime enjoy those flowers they are so beautiful aren’t they!

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    • I don’t mind too much if I don’t get fruit – although it would be lovely. We have been getting lots of rainbows from the light catcher over the past few days… in fact I might move it to the middle of the limery so we get even more. Happy days.

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  5. Huge Congratulations Jan, you really must have green fingers.It’s beautiful.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

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  6. Oooh, the flowers are beautiful! And here’s hoping for at least one passionfruit to harvest as well. I was going to suggest helping them along with a paintbrush too… Boyfriend used that on his chili plants last year and it seemed to do the trick!

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  7. Oh, wow! That’s so beautiful and exciting!

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  8. That would make me happy too. I love your enthusiasm for the singular flower. Here’s to many more and fruit to boot. πŸ™‚

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