The Passion Flower has such an intriguing biblical reference that I sometimes just stop, stare at it and try to relate to its symbolism. Did you know (from Wikipedia) that ~ quote: The “Passion” in “Passion Flower” refers to the Passion of Jesus in Christian theology.
The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.
The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (excluding St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
The flower’s radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns.
The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail.
The 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance). ~ Unquote
Hurricane Matthew did bring about some good ~ a Passion Flower frenzy which, with the help of garden-assistants, has now produced fruits galore.
Hopefully this year’s Fall will keep its mild warmth and Winter will be kind too, to allow their full ripening. I’ve counted 60 green ones so far with more forthcoming. On an average it takes 70-80 days for each fruit to reach its best state.
Oh, what joy! Yes, the ripening has started. They’re the early bloomers.