Thursday, June 22, 2006

Passion Flower

When C thought he was helping out and watering the plants by leaving the sprinkler on to drown my roses and clematis (I think this was the last battle for the clematis and it is heading to a better place now) . I had no idea the sprinkler was left on. When C finally awoke and told me I jumped up and out the door to survey the damage. Any loose blooms on the roses were gone, a few leafs on the peonies, and clematis were completely water logged. Well if this did not open us to disease I thought. I was soaked by the time I reached the shut off, dripping and saddened. C bought me this passion flower plant as a truce, and a promise to not water the plants again.
I love the strange beauty to the passion flower.

"It is immortal, but keeps death within;
Nobody has ever seen the bloom of a greater flower,
And if you long to know its name,
As it resembles Jesus, the flower is Christ."- Flos Passions (Signor .F.B., In Jacomo Bosio, 1609)

The passion flower actually has no connotation of romance but instead of religious notion. The 'passion' of the passiflora is that of Passiontide (The last 2 weeks of Lent). When Jacomo Bosio was studying in Rome in the 17th century he was introduced to the drawing of this odd flower from Mexico, since nothing like it had been discovered in Europe he believed it to be unreal. After many confirmations of the flowers existence he believed that the flower represented the cross of cavalry, as well as past mysteries of the passion. The central colum represents the cross itself, and the corona gleaming from the base represented the plaited and twisted crown of thorns (there are 72 filaments, same number as thorns in Christ's crown) The filaments are slightly pink representing the beating that drew blood. The 3 stigmas topping the column represent the 3 nails driven into Christ's body. And 5 red blotches on the stamen were believed to be blood from his 5 wounds. Later , the story was to include the 10 outer petals to represent the 10 apostles present at crucifixion (Peter and Judas absent) And the 3 bracts were the trinity. The leaves are the hands of Jesus' prosecutors, and the tendrils are what bounds him.
In non Christian influenced cultures it has also been representing a clockface flower and most oddly a homosexual flower because it artistically represents the anus.
I think I will stick with Jacomo's depiction.

As a side note, I have discovered that my fairy roses are under nourished.. I put down some more compost, a few coffee grinds and some rose food. I hope that the blooms get fatter soon (I did not think this was a minature rose) SEE!! I jinxed myself, the moment I had said I always saw heartache with rose growers!!!

The legend of the Passiflora from Plant Discoveries, a botanists voyage through plant exploration, Sandra Knapp .

Bontanical Painting by

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Full Monty

In the heat, the Ausblush rosebush has unwhirled some of its tight buds and is totally showing off. I love the smell, I love the colour and the pompom style heritage rose. I remember about 5 years ago my mother planted a heritage rose in her garden that blew me away, prior to this planting, I was naive. I thought that roses only came in the hybrid tea variety, red, pink, yellow, boy was I WRONG! When that first bloom opened up I was in love. The smell was so intoxicating I remember sticking my nose inside the bloom and inhaling the sweet fragrance. I was hooked.
I have always been intimated by roses. I always found many gardeners complaining about the hardships of raising and caring for their rose gardens to be such time money and heartbreak. I can recall a few times where my mother had given up on the bush and tossed it to the garbage heap. So when C's mother became treasurer of the Canadian Rose Society, she steered me towards the tips for Canadian Rose growers on the Rose society website. I have taken the advice to heart. I contacted the local chapter and heard which roses were best for my area, and I checked out a few local growers. I decided on the Ausblush rose for the cotton candy pale pink and citrus rose scent, as well as the fairy rose for the lower grown variety. These are the only 2 bushes I have planted in the garden, but wait until the back is ready.

On the tomato front, the plants have grown hog wild! I think I am going to have to sheild them from the wind if they pick up again though. I had a few broken limbs this morning after last nights thunder storms. I had to restake them as they have begun to outgrow their current supports. No sign of tomato yet, but lots of little yellow blooms about.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

My Very First

I am soo excited!!! I just want to sit outside and stare at it, and stick my nose in its beautiful blossoming face. This is the first rose I have ever grown on my own. This is the first bloom and I wish I could share its sweet smell with you.

Shaken not stirred

Things EXPLODED in the heat we had today. Some plants relished the strong sun. The tomatoes, clematis and lambs ears I swear doubled in size today. The containers however withered and looked rather parched. True to their form however the cosmos went wild!

I am actually excited to come home from work tommorrow night to see if my rose has bloomed (it is just sooo close) this is the ausblush heritage rose that I adore.. such a pale pink with a wonderful fragrance.