Sunday, April 8, 2012

1st Passion vine bloom opened for Easter

Good Easter afternoon Folks,

I hope you have had a lovely day. Right now the lamb is roasting for 20 min. at 425, then I’ll lower the temp to 350 and roast until the popper pops up, which should be about 10-15 minutes per lb.  It is already starting to smell yummy in here, and will only get better with time.   We buy lamb once a year for Easter, as it is way to expensive any other time.  We bought almost a 5 lb. piece and I cut off about a lb. maybe less, so that I can make us some Moroccan skewers another time.  I took pictures of the process for getting the lamb ready to roast and will show pictures in another post. We’re also having Idaho (instant) mashed potatoes, LeSeur Peas, asparagus vinaigrette, cranberry sauce and for dessert, lime picnic bars. They are delicious, as we had one after lunch.

This morning I went out early because I wanted to see if a couple of passion flower buds had opened, they hadn’t.  I walked on around the property taking some pics and forgot about them.  Then, after breakfast I was outside watering and what do I see but another bud fully open right near them and I hadn’t even seen it earlier so it must not have been open then.  I came back in for the camera and got the pictures below.  The scent of this is wonderful.  I was thrilled to have the passion flower for Easter Sunday.  It was a treat!

The following info came from

Spanish friars of the 16th century first gave the name to this flower. They saw in the form of the passionflower (Passiflora) a representation of the passion of the Christ.

The flowers have five petals and five sepals, which symbolize the 10 faithful apostles present at the crucifixion. The corona of five filaments was thought to resemble Christ’s crown of thorns. The five stamens represented the five wounds in Christ’s body, and the three stigmas stood for the nails driven into his hands and feet.

Most species of passionflower are native to the tropical areas of the Western Hemisphere.








This afternoon I was out by The Caravan and spied these Zebra Longwing cats on the passion vine. There are more on this vine and this vine is creeping all along the hedge of The Secret Garden.  I look forward to continuous blooms for awhile. Plus, a lot more butterflies.


I have more pictures to post but will do that later in the week.  I just wanted to post these photos of a spectacular bloom.  I believe this is an ‘Incense’ passion vine.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady


denimflyz said...

My ham is in the oven with an apple-brown sugar glaze and roasted potatoes, carrots and parsnips from the neighbor's garden, the last of the root vegetables until next season.
Your passion flower is stunning, FL. Are the Zebra cats a destructive bug or a good bug, they sure look spikey!
Have a wonderful Easter evening and rejoice.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Oh my
this flower
is a beauty
have never seen one.
I think from the looks of things
here in my surround garden there
is going to be an abundance of

Jane said...

How perfect that your passion plant would bloom on Easter. I enjoyed hearing the legend of it. Looks like you and your DH are having a lovely day. Happy Easter!

Linda said...

Very quite here. I had ham for dinner. It was a beautiful sunny day. Your photos are just wonderful, is the color that wonderful in person. Just beautiful. They are giving glory to God. Happy Easter.

tina said...

OMG it is an amazing bloom! My teenaged son loves this bloom so much he wants me to grow passion flower here but I've had not luck getting it started. The caterpillars are a very nice bonus. It's such an intricate bloom so amazing!

Freda Cameron said...

Such a gorgeous bloom! I've never tried it, but I enjoy seeing the successes of talented gardeners like you.


I love your passionflower. It's absolutely stunning with such intricate details. Will it grow into a passion fruit? It sounds like you had a wonderful Easter. Mine was wonderful too. The sun was shining and the whole gang was over for dinner. What could be better? Have a great week.

Sharon Lovejoy said...


Belated blessings and joy,


Sandra said...

I hope you had a wonderful Easter. What a stunning flower, goodness :)


sweetbay said...

Those passionflower blooms are beautiful! Gorgeous photos.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Lamb AND passion flower for perfect!

gld said...

That is the most spectacular bloom I have ever seen, both the color and the design of the flower.

We have never eaten lamb and I don't think I have ever seen it in our our local stores. It is curious how certain foods are just found in certain areas.

Your dinner sounds delicious.

Skeeter said...

Beautiful blooms on that Passion Flower. That reminds me of the Passion Play in South (Bavaria) Germany. They have one playing in English but we never were lucky enough to view that play.

Balisha said...

Thankyou for telling the story of the Passion Flower.It is a beauty.
Love hearing what you and your hubby will be eating for holidays. It always sounds delicious.

Masha said...

The passiflora flowers are so beautiful! I wish I could get a vine too, but have no room... Happy Easter.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Flower Lady!
Oh goodness I can almost smell that lamb as I write this...even though I have no clue what lamb smells like ;) I'm sure it was delicious. I had never seen a passion flower until I found your blog...they are a truly amazing flower. Such vibrant colors! I bet there will be blooms all over the plant by this weekend...enjoy! thanks for stopping by's always nice to 'see' you.
Maura :)

Susan said...

Hi Flowerlady...Your passionflower photos are absolutely stunning - WOW! And, what a treat to have them bloom on Easter. Hope you had an enjoyable day and a wonderful meal.

lemonverbenalady said...

OMG, FL! Just love passionflowers. I have no luck growing them! So I will just have to admire yours from the north! Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a wonderful Easter. xxoo Nancy

Georgianna said...

Hi Flower Lady,

Great photos of an AMAZING flower!

I hope your Easter was wonderful. With your feast and the flowers, it sounds like it was extra special.

Happy weekend to you.

– g

NanaK said...

Sounds like you've had a perfect Easter Day. Beautiful passion flower. My poor little vines barely get started up from winter when they are eaten to the ground by the caterpillars. Very few years do they get big enough to bloom. Enjoy your blooms and butterflies!

Laura R. said...

Thank you so much for sharing the story of the Passion Flower..just got my first one the other day and now that I know the story I love it more. I got a that what yours is?
Also, what camera do you use..such beautiful pictures! I am going to research your blog to find out more about The Secret Garden.
God bless

Marti said...

Gorgeous photos! Your passion flower is so pretty. I have never gotten a bloom off mine.

Jeri Landers said...

That flower is so... so psychedelic!

Rebecca said...

What an amazing flower - and thanks for the explanation! It made my day.

Sunita said...

That is just soooo beautiful!!! My passionflower is not half as colourful. Do these develop into edible fruit?

Debra Howard said...

Isn't it wonderful when they reward you with their beautiful blooms. Yours is very beautiful.

Nicki Lee said...

WOWWWWWWWWWWW! I had to look again and again to be sure that gorgeous flower was for real! What a beautiful flower! Truly a gift from above!