Today, I am delighted to show you my first bloom of scarlet passion flower (Passiflora coccinea). When I first saw this passion flower at The Secret Garden of 1-Utama, it was love at first sight. The plant was blooming profusely on a huge pergola. There were so many blooms and buds, indeed a sight to behold. My first post on the scarlet passion flower is here.
Botanical name: Passiflora coccinea
Common name: Scarlet Passion Flower
Origin: Tropical America
I tried to grow one at home but my first seedling died after lying dormant for some time. I should have known better when it didn't grow at all for more than 3 months despite all the care that I had given. It was not until I saw Aaron's plant that I realised mine is a goner. His was growing fast. Perhaps somethings are not meant to be, just like in real life relationships, passion without love may lead to nowhere.
When I went to the nursery where I bought this plant to complain about this, they told me that there will not be any refund or replacements for plants that died in my hands. Undeterred and still very determined to grow a passion flower in my garden, I purchased a second seedling. This one survived and now it is blooming. I am smiling.
“My First Scarlett Passion Flower”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on November 28th, 2010.
This is the unopened bud. The flower lasts only a day. By sundown, the flower closes and appear like a bud again. The next day, it dries up and fades away.
Another view of the vine spreading over my wall fencing. Like many attractive red flowers, there is no scent.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
..... Benjamin Franklin
This is my entry for Today's Flowers # 121, a meme which opens every Sunday, 2pm GMT. My grateful thanks to Today's Flowers team members; Luiz Santili Jr, Denise in Virginia, Laerte Pupo and Sandy Carlson. To participate and view other gorgeous flowers around the world, click here.
This is my favourite flower this month, so I am joining in the Blog Carnival at Fer's, the link is here.
I think this flower is Hot, Loud and Proud, so I am also joining Noel at his meme # 9, the link is here.