Sunday, September 20, 2009

Passiflora 'Sunburst' and Passiflora piresii

I've had Passiflora 'Sunburst' for almost four years.... it finally decided to bloom!!! For all but about two months, I had the plant at work and kept it above our records cabinet. It got indirect sunlight and the whole room is pretty bright. It didn't grow much at all. Finally, I decided to re-pot it, take it home and bring it outside, and miracle-grow it. Out-of-the-blue, one day, I noticed a new stem seemed to grow over an inch a day. I watched and watched, amazed at the quick growth,... and then even happier when I noticed some buds! Wow! The buds came out on 8/20/09 and actually bloomed two flowers on 9/18/09. Seems like passion flowers are a practice in patience.

I had to run home for a second during lunch and just happened to glance outside on my deck where I have many of the flowers. This beautiful orange blossom immediately caught my eye! I grabbed the pot and put it in the car to take it back to work and show it off. The stink was outrageous!!! I've never seen anything so beautiful to stink so badly!

... Passiflora piresii is the most beautiful orangey-red. This one budded on 8/15/09 and finally bloomed 9/17/09! I was surprised how large the bloom was.... worth the wait!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Passiflora 'Marian' blooming!

There was a nice surprise waiting for me when I went into the office this morning.... Passiflora 'Marian' had two beautiful blooms on it! It has the most "character" of any of the ones I've seen bloom. Its petals alternate in color... every other one is purplish and then the other whiteish (is that a word?). Not many people have this plant, yet.... it is a hybrid of Mr. Jim Nevers. He says it is a hybrid of Passiflora 'Pure Vida Purple' and Passiflora 'Miersii'.

My photos are dissapointing... I assume because I took them inside under unflattering light. I'll work on getting better ones!

My digital "paintings" always appear darker and not as vibrant as the actual plant... but I'm trying to replicate the older plant "illustration" art and they were always faded.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Passiflora 'Pure Vida Purple' painting

Passiflora 'Jeanette'

Kind of a neat day for my flowers! I've been slowly taking plants to work to overwinter them...

Over the past few years, I've put pots of passion flowers on top of our file cabinet where we have our patient's records. It's a bright room and has a normal "double" window right beside it. I've been surprised how well they usually do there. To be more specific.... they at least "live". There isn't much growth (probably because I had them in small pots and didn't fertilize them at all for a couple of years) and no flowers. I'm just happy to not have killed them. I only had about five different ones. Now, I'm up to ~73 plants! So, .... I'm learning how to better take care of them and hopefully have them thrive and maybe even bloom during the winter!!!

...but, anyway.... that is where I will have many of my plants in the next couple of weeks. Two of the ones I have already brought has bloomed! Passiflora 'Raspberry Strudel' had five blooms on Wednesday and today, Passiflora violetta had two blooms!

When I got home, I found Passiflora 'Jeanette' blooming in my kitchen! It was a beautiful surprise! Every other petal is a different color and the inside has such a dark, deep purple!

Passiflora 'Star of Surbiton' has a nice bloom on it also!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Two new flowers blooming!

Passiflora 'Elizabeth' is gorgeous! I love the dark center and frilly fringe.... It never really opened up as much as I thought it would... maybe that's what it does...we'll see.
Passiflora 'Crismson Tears' is the prettiest pink! I had two blooms at the same time!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Passiflora 'Lambiekins'

Yesterday, Passiflora 'Lambiekins' bloomed for the first time....

Passiflora 'Crimson tears' and Passiflora 'Elizabeth' will probalby be blooming tomorrow! They both have buds almost opened, this evening!

Yesterday, I spent several hours repotting all of my passion flowers. I have them seperated into categories of where they will over-winter.... either at my home, at work, or at Mom's in her sun room! They'll be babied no matter where they go.


I was looking forward to painting this zinnia because of all the different pink hues and especially the brown faded splotches!  I figured...