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Orchid Bees ~ my pollinating assistants

Buzzz … came an Orchid Bee

She came with a passion to a Passiflora…

The Orchid Bee then landed

Then came another

Both shared a bloom and enjoyed nectar uninterruped.

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Passionfruit+Banana = Good Blend

In the last fortnight, even with 2 chill spells, our Passiflora Incarnata vines just happily stayed green and gave us some superb fruits. They do not need to be picked because when fully ripened, they simply fall off the vine. I just need to pay ‘ground attention’.

A constant supply ...

A constant supply … different colored Passionfruit

Just leave them for a few days till the skin gets crinkled then those are the best for eating. Rich in Vitamins C & A and one of the superb breakfasts I have concocted so far is the Passionana Mix.

Recipe: 1 super ripe Passionfruit ~ cut open preferably with kitchen cutters to prevent mess.

Snip open tough peel

Snip open tough peel

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Passionfruit or Passiflora incarnata

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. buahsusu1
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). buahsusu2
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.

A garden-assistant at work.

A garden-assistant at work.

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.

Pictures taken of different spots this morning.

Pictures taken from different spots this morning.

Oh, what joy! Yes, the ripening has started. They’re the early bloomers. :mrgreen:

Slowly but surely ripening.

Slowly but surely ripening.