Passion flowers brave north wind
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‘Hardy extroverts’ Perfect description of this delightful flower Sarah 🙂
Thanks, Sherri:-) I wish I was a hardy extrovert. It would make life a lot easier — for me, at least!
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Oh boy…I can relate to that Sarah, I really can 😮
Been spraying a patch this morning that has invaded one of the orchards. It’s gorgeous, but rampant stuff in this climate – spreads underground for 4 metres beyond the mother plant.
I didn’t know that. People tend to have them growing up their walls and fences in the UK for decorative purposes, not realising how far the the blighters’ roots are spreading underground.
Probably more to do with climate, but left unchecked, it will invade all over the place. Did a metre from the main stem and you might see worm-like root systems perhaps 10cm down – that’s the feelers. I’ll take a pic sometime for you if I remember.
I like the words visual description and the photo to prove the beauty and strength. Your Haiku’s say so much. You do make every word count.
Thank you. That’s what I love about haiku, making every word count. There’s something most meditative about the whole process, as it encourages me to totally focus on one thing for a while, usually some detail of nature.
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I do like the concept of making every word count.. I guess that could be said of good writing everywhere, perhaps? I like the “Hardy extrovert” words. I’m also surprised that Passionfruit is considered a pest in places. Mine gets rampant, lots of vine leaf growing but never does it tunnel and expand. Although I do know to fertilise all along the area underneath the vine as roots will be there. (Hmm, a few less words would have been good there, maybe!) Still helping Emma with her Indiegogo Campaign, when that ends will have more time to write re our commonalities. I see you like Oosterman Treats, too
…he is fabulous Isn’t he!
I suppose it depends upon the climate re Passionflower growth. Spike lives in Turkey where the ground is often very dry and subjected to a great deal of heat, so maybe the roots travel further in search of water. They certainly don’t have to go far in England, with all our rainfall!
I’ve only just discovered Oosterman Treats, after another blogger mentioned him as fabulous.
Love this pairing, Sarah. Gorgeous flowers. 🙂
Thank you, Sylvia 🙂 They are gorgeous flowers. Their orange-coloured fruits aren’t too bad either. Apparently they’re very high in beta carotene and potassium.
Lovely Sarah, you’ve brought back a memory, the first house my partner and I shared – a broken down ramshackle place that had passion flowers growing along the top of the yard wall.
Glad to bring back a memory that you obviously treasure. I think that passion flowers look at their best in a ramshackle setting.
beautiful Sarah! Passiflora- an interesting history brought by a Spanish friar to Europe and named by the Italian monk who was reminded of the passion of the Christ!! it’s such an interesting flower. Beautiful haiku!
Ooo, I didn’t know that, Cybele. How interesting. Thanks for the info.
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Writes quirky novels, speculative flash fiction, haiku and tanka. Nature lover. Novice photographer. Allotment freak. Mezzo soprano. British eccentric.
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