Safe and Soggy

Florence has left us.

I feel such gratefulness that we ourselves were spared

the devastation experienced by so many others.

The sunshine is a welcome sight after days of darkness.

I must admit, I did not stay inside during the deluge.

This should not come as a surprise to my readers.

Over and over again I strode into the storm to check plants and ditches,

necessary for my sanity if for no other reason.

I am happy to report

the banana forest is still upright

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the vines are still clinging

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and way up in a tree

a certain nest is still intact.

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Way to go Mama Squirrel!

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Where’s the Pot?

I thought I would like this trellis up here on the library deck.

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I wanted to be able to see the bright red blooms from my desk.

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I might have to put a “dummy pot” on the stand under it.

Where is the real pot?

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Way down below at the base of the column.

This vine stretches out its springy tendrils and grows like crazy.

My Red Passion vine is one of my favorites.

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To Italy on Sundays

If you don’t own a private jet, you can still go to Italy on Sundays…

sort of.

Raffaldini Vineyard is a great place to pretend that you are in an Italian vineyard.

The view is spectacular.

The wine is delicious.

 

The pizza is from a brick oven, albeit a small one, on wheels.

It is a lovely place to spend a quiet afternoon.

 

Even if it is raining.

We love Raffaldini’s.

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Vine Time

I love vines, as you probably know by now.

By the end of July they have reached the top of their trellises.

They are finally starting to produce flowers.

Two of my favorites are putting on a show this week.

The hybrid Passion vine is opening several flowers each day.

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I had to get on a ladder to get these shots.

Notice the pollen underneath the stamen paddles.

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Hybrid Passion vine

This vine only made one fruit last year with no seeds inside.

My Moon vine has produced its first two blooms this week.

I missed the first, but caught this one closing this morning.

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Moon Vine

More blooms ahead.

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Hang On!

I try not to share sadness. There is too much in this world all ready.

This is a sad date for my family.

A past tragedy has cluttered my thoughts all day.

Then I saw this.

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If you are sad.  Hang on!

If you are sick.  Hang on!

Reaching out with faith.

Held up by a splinter and a tiny tendril.

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My vines are teaching me life lessons again.

Bless them.

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I Love the Creep

I knew when I saw one, that I must have one clinging to my wall.

The high part of the carport wall has looked barren for years.

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Now it has a creeping fig/ Ficus pumila to add color and interest.

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I have not tried to guide or train this in any way.

It is interesting seeing how it hugs the cracks and flattens against the rough surface.

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I love that the new leaves have various colors.

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Some has slithered over the top.

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Where will it go now?

I love the creep!

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Cold Scarlet Flame

I was unsure when to bring in my Red Passion vine/ Passiflora vitafolia/ Scarlet Flame.

The first frost came. I looked out on the deck rail where it has climbed up to and beyond.

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It is still blooming.

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It’s little ant guards are still running up and down the stems.

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Even some yellow jackets have figured out how to harvest food from the glands on the bracts.

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I was expecting a wilt down, but it is thriving.

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This vine is amazing, but tropical.  It will not tolerate freezes.

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I will have to cut it back and bring it in before the first freeze.

I will enjoy it until then, along with the ant and yellow jackets.

I shall try to root some pieces over the winter. Get your name on the request list if you want one.

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Flying Saucers

I looked out my kitchen window this morning and yelped for joy.

There they finally were

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among the weedy unwelcome morning glories.

FLYING SAUCERS!

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Flying Saucer Morning glories/ Ipomoea tricolor

I planted them on April 25.   I wondered why I had not seen one yet.

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Aren’t they lovely?

Daddy’s favorite color of blue, bluebird blue.

Blue and white.

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BEAUTIFUL!

Follow the FLYING SAUCERS.

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I Want the Faith of a Vine

I want the faith a vine has

when it grows up to the height of its trellis

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Bleeding Heart Vine/Clerodendrum thomsoniae

and reaches up toward the sun.

Growing past all support.

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Passion Flower Vine/ Passiflora hybrid ‘Blue Crown’

Its only mission is to get to the light

which gives it life.

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Love in A Puff/ Cardiospermum helicacabum

No turning back.

Hoya carnosa 'Chelsea'

Follow the Light.