Hey Gertie! Nice to see you in our fine garden world here!
Yes,I'm certain of vine in Post #65,is vigna caracalla. Yes,slight resemblance to the sweet pea,but see this pic here of sweet pea blooming now in my garden,and you will see a distinct difference,not just in the bloom but, in the foliage as well. Also,most notable but, not discernible on here,is that the "corkscrew" vine has no fragrance. (I hear though,that the Wizard is working on a "scratch and sniff" button feature for us to use here on the Port, ). Sweet peas have an incredible fragrance. The caracalla has none.
(apologies for 2nd pic being so out of focus but,you get the drift...)
This time of year,many of the lovely jasmines come into bloom. This particular species is currently gracing the city and the fragrance is beyond belief. I go to see this particular specimen every year at this time and usually try to take someone along with me who has never seen or smelled it. It is the largest one I have ever seen. I call it the tower of jasmine,it is spectacular. I really wish that y'all could smell it. I have the same one growing on our balcony and it's wrapped all around the wrought iron and wafts into the whole house.
Thanks!, this thing is so outrageous. I think it is solely responsible for at least a half dozen people packing it up and moving here after seeing/smelling...it always is in bloom during Jazz Fest. You can hear people swoon as they drive by! ( I was worried that the hard freeze might have hurt it but, clearly came out unscathed).
Really??! We're talking about the same thing? I see what appears to be salvia in the bottom two pictures. But the sky-blue flowers in the first photo seem to be bell-shaped and perhaps growing from a vine. No?
What an exceptional vine! I have never seen anything exactly like it. Do you think it might be a tropical, rather than a sub-tropical plant? Hope you get a chance to pass by there again & ask the homeowners about it. Maybe you'll get a seed or cutting.
I was wondering if it might be a liana and looked up Mucuna. That would have thrilled you, as they're bat pollinated. However, the Mucuna are legumes, and those are definitely not legume leaves.
In the process of looking at various pages to see if I could find that vine, I came across this catalog. I'm passing the link on to everyone because the pictures and descriptions are so good, and because it carries much more than the usual array. I have not looked at all the flowering vine pages in it yet. toptropicals.com/index.htm
Thanks for the link Bixa,yes,some really,really lovely flora there. Funny you should mention the legumes because it's the very first thing that comes to mind when seeing the blooms ,and then the foliage throws one right off that track. I work next door to this place where the vine is,problem is I've never seen anyone save their housekeeper come or go from this house,it's a virtual compound of hermetically sealed persons.
I never was able to identify that vine,and now, the picture of it has mysteriously disappeared. Luckily,I saw it again this past week,and took another pic of it. Although ,not blooming as profusely this time of year,it remains a lovely specimen,mysterious as it may be. (I'm secretly hoping that Mick,our new plantsman extraordinaire can help ID it!!) Something about it speaks legume,pea!!!!
Maybe he or some other botanical sleuth will look at picture #95 again, too, & identify those lovely blue flowers.
Drat! I went looking for a couple of photos I took of a vine a friend gave me which is currently rooting. It's rampant, has small, roundish, somewhat fleshy leaves and delicate loose racemes of tiny white flowers with a sweet scent. It makes garbanzo-sized tubers on the vine. These apparently can be crushed and bound to a broken bone to heal it. Where is that blasted picture?!
I saw something today that made my mouth drop open. Seriously, it was so amazing it was as though time stopped for a moment. I was at the plant nursery of a woman I know and she said, "come look at this".
It was a rather wispy vine growing up a pole, with leaves widely spaced. The leaves were about the size & shape of Clerondendrum thompsoniae, just to give an idea, but not as quilted. We've had unending rain, so the plant may not have been as robust as it should. Anyway, I'm looking at it and thinking, "so?", when she propped up a flower for me to see.
I have never seen anything like it in my life. It was only two petals (bracts, maybe?), about as big as the leaves, but pinked on the edges and this color, with a slight iridescence. Right where the two petals met, there were some little golden pearls and sort of a ecru bean-shaped thing -- all very tiny.
It was extremely odd, but also quite beautiful -- the color, the slight crinkliness of the petal things and the delicate god-knows-what in the center added up to something I desperately want and am dying to identify.
a vine a friend gave me which is currently rooting. It's rampant, has small, roundish, somewhat fleshy leaves and delicate loose racemes of tiny white flowers with a sweet scent. It makes garbanzo-sized tubers on the vine.
I am immensely proud of myself! I managed to identify this plant by getting the local common name. At first I was in despair, as there is another Mexican medicinal plant known by the same name, but totally unrelated. I persevered, and now know the vine is Anredera cordifolia: www.maltawildplants.com/BASL/Anredera_cordifolia.php
My goodness that is it,I had suspected maybe it was along these lines,but,every evergreen wisteria I have ever seen,is a piddly looking version of the common wisteria,and does not have the gorgeous deep maroon tinges to it blending in with that royal purple. I'll look more into the medicinal herbal properties. Most intriquing! Grazie!
P.S. don't you just love Dave's Garden,? I adore those folks!!
I think vines are glorious. Mostly because I don't have any.
But, I used to have Bougainvillea vines all along the side of my old house. They didn't threaten any other plants (mostly because I, as a gardener, am more threatening than a vine to any plant), and certainly brought no harm to the side of the house. We cut them back each year so they didn't feel too emotionally attached to the stucco, but they grew back even more profusely after every cutting. This is one plant that I was clearly made to tend to.
Are vines really glorious ? They are dangerous to a lot of other plants and buildings too. They must be kept under control or there is damage.
There certainly are some vines that can cause great distress and destruction Fulgenzio! The lovely wisteria of which there are some great pics of in here,I wouldn't dream of planting on my property,but,admire,adore from afar. Then,the ghastly kudzu,cat's claw etc. are also in this category. There is a vine smothering many fine trees up here in NY,called Ampeolopsis.aka,porcelin berry vine,just gorgeous to look at,but invasive and destructive beyond belief. Responsible gardeners generally have knowledge of this and take care to not let vines get out of control and destroy.(or they should!!!) I adore bougainvilla from afar, as well,but,I have so many dealings with it professionally,that I would never dream of growing it in my garden.This past winter,after our horrible hard freeze,I turned down umpteen jobs that had to do with pruning back bougainvilla.It's much too unfriendly for me.
I adore bougainvilla from afar, as well,but,I have so many dealings with it professionally,that I would never dream of growing it in my garden.This past winter,after our horrible hard freeze,I turned down umpteen jobs that had to do with pruning back bougainvilla.It's much too unfriendly for me.
Too funny casimira. That vine is quite literally the thing that I can't kill. However they do need protection from freezes, and those don't come about but 4 or 5 nights per winter here usually. My old ones grew under an eave so usually only the parts that weren't protected by the eave were damaged (if I forgot to throw sheets over them, which was typical ), so it was just a bit of cosmetic pruning that was required to restore them. Otherwise, their only downside is litter...and then, only you have a pool nearby.
casimira - I have never heard of 'passifloras' - must be the term for Passion fruit flowers I went into the garden this morning to see if there were any granadilla/passion fruits forming and got lucky with these two right at the top of the vine!