August 2017 - What's Growing?


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Haven't posted anything for a while. Here are a few pix I took this morning.
What's growing where you are now?

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In the middle of our rainy season when it is hot and wet, EVERYTHING is growing including the weeds. And there are even some plants that are blooming, most notably the Senecio confusus (aka Mexican Flame Vine) is just beginning to bloom and the Jatropha integerrima. Actually, there are a lot of things blooming.

Your pineapple is looking great!:)
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In the middle of our rainy season when it is hot and wet, EVERYTHING is growing including the weeds... Senecio confusus (aka Mexican Flame Vine) is just beginning to bloom and the Jatropha integerrima.

Your pineapple is looking great!:)

Thanks! I just cut (harvested) the pineapple yesterday. The color was great, but it's still hard as a rock. Smells lovely though.

I lost my flame vine; I was just thinking yesterday to ask my friend to ask her friend if she still grows it.
 
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@ChanellG I found my Mexican Flame Vine in a small rundown garden half way up the mountain. It is not sold at garden centers here. I asked the people in the house if i could take a cutting and they were happy to give me one. I had looked everywhere in the US and UK for seeds (since i can't import plants) and was told they don't produce viable seed, so i was surprised to discover little seedlings coming up at the base of my vine. They had not started from runners but from actual seed and i have grown new plants from seed. I was also surprised the people in the US growing the vine say that they have no fragrance, but my vine has a heavenly fragrance. I would be happy to send you seeds, but i have tried this with 3 people in the US and none of the seeds germinated. It takes 2 or 3 weeks for the seeds to arrive in the US, and i am concluding that the seeds are only viable for a short period of time.:(
 

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Could also have been that the seed got irradiated by customs, the US have stopped doing it to general mail now after destroying loads of valuable stamps sent by collectors.

They only do it to post sent to government offices now.
 
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@ChanellG I found my Mexican Flame Vine in a small rundown garden half way up the mountain... I would be happy to send you seeds, but i have tried this with 3 people in the US and none of the seeds germinated. It takes 2 or 3 weeks for the seeds to arrive in the US, and i am concluding that the seeds are only viable for a short period of time.:(
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Thank you, Beverly. I am in a plant swap group on Facebook and one of the members who lives near me usually offers vines to the group from a friend who grows it. I have some things I need to take to her so I'll just ask her to check with her friend for me.
 
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I would love to hear recommendations for flowering vines in my zone: 7b, the Memphis, TN area. I have clematis growing but the leaves turn black and it starts to look dreadful in the summer heat. One vine grows up a 5 ft. metal tee pee in full sun. Another grows up a arch arbor in mostly shade.
 
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Passion vine may work in the sunny area of my yard if I keep it trimmed. I'm not sure it will like my shady area. Thx for the recommendation.
 
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Passion vine may work in the sunny area of my yard if I keep it trimmed. I'm not sure it will like my shady area. Thx for the recommendation.

I have one that grows in partial shade - it gets direct sun mainly in the late morning/afternoon.
 
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Hey, ChanellG, I was at a garden center today and saw that they had a few passion flower vines. What is their normal blooming time? Spring? And how fragrant are they? Got any photos you can share? Thx!
 
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Hey, ChanellG, I was at a garden center today and saw that they had a few passion flower vines. What is their normal blooming time? Spring? And how fragrant are they? Got any photos you can share? Thx!

Pretty much year round for me, @jonereb. I do have pictures, I'll have to look for them. I just acquired another variety, it hasn't bloomed yet, but I do have a photo of what it looks like from someone else:
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What about fragrance. Honestly, I'm trying to avoid too much fragrance due to allergies. Sweet honeysuckle, for example, sets me off.
 
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