Passion for Passiflora

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue September. 15, 2018 2346 views

Last year I was so impressed about a blooming passiflora in Croatia (in November!) that I photographed and posted it. This spring I asked my mother to buy two different passifloras for her garden. I was lucky to find some exceptionally cheap, tiny and not very healthy plants in a grocery shop ...

Sadly one of them didn't survive, but the other one is growing like it's being paid to. Such a tiny stem - and the rest is acting like an octopus: fast, secretive, and ten times many as eight arms - and I'm sure of it - intelligent. It has lot of blossoms, it has imperialistic tendencies and it's holding on the hedges of our neighbor. I'm glad he is a winemaker and has a lot of sharp knives and scissors to take up the fight. Last Thursday he cut at least 10 meters of green passiflora octopus arms from his side of the hedge. They tried to overgrow his drive way in a day. I give you my word - in the morning, when I went to the doctor for my parents prescriptions, there were no green parts of passiflora visible!

Nevertheless I still love the blossoms, although we have to be aware it's a plant with a severe identity crisis. I call it the "Sleeping Beauty Syndrome", which comes sometimes with the wish to overgrow a castle! Jeez, maybe that’s the source of the problem, why I have slept for two days and nights almost without waking up since I’m back in Vienna!


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Andi Saw 3 years ago
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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Andi Saw 3 years ago

smile Don't invite a passiflora in your garden! In the morning you can't go out of the house anymore ...

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Heike 3 years ago

Die sehen immer aus, als wären sie nach einer Anleitung von Leonardo da Vinci entwickelt worden. smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 3 years ago

Guter Vergleich! Ich hatte einen weniger schmeichelhaften im Hinterkopf: Polnische Plastikblume - falls du die dortigen Friedhofsblumen kennst.
Das diese Kletterer sich so extrem festhalten können, so schnell wachsen und so hinterrücks heimliche Durchmogler sind, hatte ich allerdings nicht erwartet. HEFTIG!
Mal sehen, ob sie mit ein bisschen Schutz unsere oft sehr kalten Winter überlebt.

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Scribe 3 years ago

Magnificent
Passion Flower,
Bold with Power
of Magical Attraction heartpulse

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Scribe 3 years ago

*sigh* Yes, they are beautiful. *sigh*

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Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Jaw-dropping images!!!
These are the very best images of those other-worldly blossoms, I've seen!
The perspectives, light/shadow play, colors & clarity are phenomenal!
The commentary tops off the experience! Genious!
Thanks, Sis!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Thanks! blush
I'm glad you like the pictures, because I had to "climb" into the hedge, to get at least some pictures. Drinking our water and blooming just for the neighbors - ungrateful octopus!!!!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years ago

I'm so impressed with the total disregard for your personal safety and well being, risked to capture these beauties for us!!! Bravo!

Obviously, above & beyond the "call of duty"....no doubt!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years ago

thumbsup

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years ago

smile+1

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Camellia Staab 3 years ago

WOW! WOW! WOW! What a beauty!!! I have never seen one but they are gorgeous and I can see why you wanted your mom to grow one.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years ago

I really love them and now I hope for fruits - yes, I'm too greedy!

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Berckmans Peter 3 years ago

It is a wonderfull flower. Nicely captured

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Thanks! blush
I was balancing on some very wobbly placed stones - waiting to be strangled by an aggressive flower ...

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David Swatton 3 years ago

Eek..! Not one for my garden - it looks like an alien mutant!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 3 years ago

You should have seen the red one - sadly it didn't survive. Maybe we would been completely overgrown by now!
This is a devils plant - the christian similarities must ahve been made up by mad botanists!
I'm not sure if it will survive the winter, which can be really cold (-20° C).

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