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Category: Flowers and Vegetables | Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 2:09 pm

Last year I bought a native passion vine, because I want the fruit it produces. I put it in a pot, babied it and ended up with a very puny vine, three flowers and nothing else. The caterpillars ate it up, but it put out new leaves which they ate again. Kittle was laying in the pot the other day and I had just about given up hope, especially since I didn't mulch or protect it in anyway over the winter. Well yesterday I passed by the pot and it has four healthy shoots coming off the roots. Hooray!!!!! Now I have to decide If I will leave it in the pot or put it in the ground.
My Dallas Red lantana is also coming back as is my Bengal Tiger Canna. No show from the Blue Daze, White Plumbago, and Mexican Heather, I think I have lost them, and also two orange and yellow lantana's. The purple Louisiana irises are in full bud, it won't be too long before I have flowers, no sign of the copper or yellow irises blooming yet. My amarylis have flower spikes coming out, they seem to be enjoying their new place as are the bearded irises, which have gotten huge. I found some irises in a place we didn't plant them, I guess they kinda just wandered around somehow and ended up there. Those things will grow anywhere. I was given a pink climbing rose by a friend last year and it is putting out new growth and some healthy new shoots, which I have to train to the fence. I have more glads coming up and all of the daylilies seem to be doing good, I have to move some bc other plants are taking them over. I bought a tropical shrub last year, grewia, never heard of it, but it's pretty lavender flowers were too pretty to pass up. I put it under the shelter to overwinter it. I was going to prune it yesterday, but it has flower buds all up and down the stems. So I guess I will wait till the fall. It bloomed off and on all winter, just three or four flowers at a time, but they were pretty to see on a dreary winter's day. Oh well, sitting here typing is getting nothing done in the yard so I gotta go.

Oops, forgot to add, I am going to Home Depot today, I will try to be very good, I hope they have their bulbs reduced and I am looking for a Duranta. Will let y'all know what we find.

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bethie wrote on Mon Mar 19, 2007 2:57 pm:

I have native passion vine and it grows like wildfire in the ground. It is the host plant of the gulf fritillary butterfly. It's a beautiful thing though so I just let it take over here.


glendann wrote on Mon Mar 19, 2007 3:55 pm:

I have them also I have one in the ground and Jubabe found another before frost and I potted it and Put it in the hot house it is growing great it is taking in some fresh air outside now.
Your flowers are doing so good I have to get mine looking better.
I still think we will have at least one more frost.


Netty wrote on Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:00 pm:

Uh oh...a trip to Home Depot! It wouldn't be safe for me to go anywhere that has a garden center right now!
Sounds like spring has sprung there Cajunbelle!


CritterPainter wrote on Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:31 pm:

Hope you find something that will discourage those nasty nibblers and let your vines grow!


zuzu's petals wrote on Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:22 pm:

There are some plants I grow just so that the caterpillars
will come and eat and grow into butterflies.

Your native passion vine will soon be big enough
to tolerate the nibblings, then you'll have
all three,
the passion flowers, the fassion fruits and the beautiful gulf fritillary butterflies.

Oh, and happy hunting at HD.


zuzu's petals wrote on Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:23 pm:

oops, *blush*
that would be "passion" fruits,
not fassion pruits. LOL


cajunbelle wrote on Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:26 pm:

You might be on to something ZZP, fassion pruits. I don't mind the caterpillars eating the vine because I love the butterflies. I know in a couple of years there will be plenty for all.

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