Happy summer, everyone! We spent the solstice hanging out with the peacocks and torch lilies at the LA Arboretum — tour to come.
Here in our yard, things are getting interesting in these last days of June Gloom. All three species of our Passiflora in bloom: P. ‘Victoria’ by the entrance, and P. caerulea and P. edulis over the hammock.
Here’s the story on passion flowers — and their odd, Sputnik-y, widely Reddit-ed appeal — that we posted last year. When we wrote it, we had just planted the Passiflora edulis in hopes of a harvest. Well, that vine has gone berserk over the last 15 months, from a modest three-foot-tall potted plant to a blanket of foliage reaching 15 feet high. With larger and lusher leaves, P. edulis sent our five-year-old (fruitless) P. caerulea headed south towards the gate in search of unobstructed sun, only to be thwarted by the newest addition to our garden, Passiflora x violacea ‘Victoria.’
The bees were busy this spring and now the P. edulis fruits are here. They’re spectacular. The fruits are plump, green and dangle seductively from the trellis above our yard. Apparently, we’re supposed to wait for them to fall naturally from the vine rather than picking them? Then leave them to sit, shrivel and ripen to a rich purple color? Sounds agonizing.
So we’re finding serenity by floating a few of the blooms in sleek containers of water.
We created this enchanting centerpiece using flowers from all three vines — plus their distinctive leaves — inside the Mezzo Mod Dish sent to us by Oregon-based Steel Life. Leggy, American made, and 10 inches in diameter, the dish is a perfectly sized tabletopper. Get it with drain hole if you’re using it as a planter, or without a drain hole if you’re using it to gather your favorite objects. It’s midcentury magic.
If a fruit conks us on the head while we’re gazing at these floating blossoms, we’ll consider it a sign of good luck.