Revisiting this thread as I haven't been in here for awhile. I'm still lusting after Bixa's gorgeous specimen in Post # 108. And,I had not until now,seen the additional Passifloras posted by Tod 2. Simply gorgeous, I must seek out some more of these gems to plant on my fences,trellis. I just adore them. They do quite well here.
I am seriously mourning the fact that I did not,was not able to plant any sweet peas in the appropriate weeks/months this past autumn as I was away. This will be the first time I haven't had sweet peas in well over 30 years. It's killing me.Perhaps there are some volunteers out back,I need to check closely this weekend and coach/cheer them along if there are.
Here is a vine,albeit,by no means mature enough at this point to win any raves for performance,but,one of the lovely noninvasive specimens of honeysuckle,Lonicera sempervirens,Sulpherea There is also a lovely more common coral hued variety of this vine. The hummingbirds love it!! With minimal coaxing this vine will gracefully cover this fence (at a client's garden this photo was taken) and perform almost year round, here, anyway.
Took these photos this afternoon of our Zimbabwe creeper. Mostly leaves but here and there a vine with beautiful pink trumpet-like flowers. It is extremely hard to get rid of and spreads itself underground coming up in new shoots. Covers a fence very well but looses it's leaves in winter.
Is there a law preventing you from planting sweet peas late to see what will happen?
They need a good six month spell in the ground here with a chill to it in order to thrive. December and certainly January would be pushing it. It's way too hot come May/June,they would simply wither before blooming. They enjoy cool evenings in a sweet soil...smart vines. I generally try to get them in by the end of September. And no,I don't see nary a volunteer out in the" back forty"....
Tod2,what a lovely,lovely vine!! Tell me,is it a member of the Bignonia family,do you know? It has that appearance at first glance,and oh so showy!!!!! Fabulous!! I would love to know more about it. I have so much fence space and am always scouting ,scoping out new vines to try.
It's strange that it is part of the Bignonia family as the leaves are so different - yes, just like Wisteria! The flowers are beautiful but very scarce! It's mainly all leaves with the occasional bunch of pink flowers. This lot in the photo just happened to be outside my bedroom window but most are too high up to photograph. I can tell the creeper ( sorry three creepers)loves the position it grows in as it had to be cut right down to ground level when a new fence was erected and now 2 years down the line looks like nothing happened.
A client of mine has a lovely bignonia vine in the front of her house. I recall that it took forever to bloom. I also seem to recall that they perform better bloom wise if they are not fussed over too much,they prefer stressed like conditions not unlike some other plants.
I spied this stunning specimen of Jasminium polyanthum while bike riding. I have to make a point of going back and catching it in full bloom,not only for the spectacle of it,but,for the sweet,fragrant aroma. Although, the buds have pinkish tinge to them,the blooms will be pure white,as you can see in the bottom of the second pic.
Currently in bloom here is the lovely PETREA,often confused with Wisteria because they bloom around the same time and are the same color.This specimen I saw in the French Quarter last week. I have one but,mine is not nearly as mature and lovely as this one. It's also known as "Queen's Wreath".
Ah-HA!! This is wonderful, Casimira ~~ you've just solved a mystery for me.
Here is a picture I posted over on the "What's in bloom" thread. My comment on it was: I've been under the impression that it was a wisteria, but the petals don't look right in the picture. I'm going to have to go over there with the binoculars.
Now I know, & don't have to schlep over with binocs. Thanks!
Oh, how cool!!! For whatever reason,one doesn't see too, too many of them around. I do know that they are a bitch to try and propagate,as I tried umpteen different ways to do for a client many years ago before it was more available to obtain through the local nurseries. It has no fragrance,somewhat of a drawback,but,is not nearly as monstrous to try and manage as a wisteria,which we all know can knock down a house if let go.... If you get close to one again Bixa,feel the texture of the leaves on it,very difficult to describe,but they have a very, very unique,'papery' feel to them.
One of the many gorgeous Clerodendrum vines,( Clerodendrum thompsoniae ), that do so well here. I adore this vine and have had it for years. It is a prolific bloomer most all year save during a very cold snap. The hummingbirds and butterflies are also mad for it.
A friend of mine has a C. thompsoniae in front of her house here, where, along with a companion bougainvillea, it turns the place into Sleeping Beauty's castle at times. Hers is the one with the darker purple bracts and deeper, duller red flowers, which I find rather funereal. The one you show is lovely. I also like the red and white one very much.
I have to report on my Anredera cordifolia (previous page, #108). The thing is all over the top of the well's arch, forming an open arbor on some strings I placed from the arch top over to the fence, & had to be heavily clipped where it was getting up in the electric lines. I have some pictures I'll post, but that's not the important thing.
The traditional use for it here is for blows & (supposedly) broken bones. A week or so ago, I had a whole bunch of floor tiles which were standing on end flop forward and catch me right on the sharp part of my shin. They were sharp & quite heavy, so it hurt like holy hell. About a half hour later I remembered the "suelda consueldo", went out & got a leaf & crushed it on my injury. It feels rather nice -- like Aloe vera, but more emollient. Anyway, it INSTANTLY stopped hurting, to the point I forgot all about it. Later, when I was seated, I saw the little red mark that remained. I was able to press it rather forcefully & there was no pain at all.
One of my favorite vines currently in bloom in several places in my garden after many years of becoming firmly established,it reseeds rather prolifically. Aristolochia durior, AKA, Dutchman's Pipe, Calico Flower. It is a woody perennial that rapidly takes off and will grown in sun or shade. It is also the larval food plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. I find the blooms rather erotic in nature. Mine is climbing up an American Elm just outside the rear balcony of the house and,some smaller specimens scattered about here and there.
Please note that the leaves of this vine are the heart shaped ones and not the other ones mingled in the photo which are of a salvia elegans. I will take some more pics at different angles to appreciate the flowers resemblance to a Meerschaum pipe,therefore,it's common name Dutchman's Pipe. The buds of the flower are also quite interesting.
Funny Kerouac!! I now see what you mean!! I demonstrated to my helper/friend what you said in the garden after I had read this. It was great fun trying to play ventriloquist with a flower!!!
Will these not grow in your part of the world Bixa??. It seems I recall having seen some there.
Here's Quisqualis indica,AKA Rangoon Creeper,Heart-of-Man (who comes up with these common names?? WTF??). Anyway,it's fabulous,native of Southeast Asia. The flowers are fragrant pink to red clusters that bloom from summer on into the autumn.
I know I have posted this at least twice in here since the inception of this forum,and,it remains one of my all time favourite flowering vines. Here we have the annual visitation of Antiginon Leptopus,'Alba'., AKA,'Chain of Love'.