Tuesday, February 10, 2009


There's a lot of passion in the air, as Valentine's Day approaches. What better time for me to show off my beautiful passion flower vine that I have grown for the last two years. I took these three pictures on different days late last summer.

My friend Randy grew it from seed and gave me the inch tall seedling two years ago. I was especially happy to receive this species, because my Mother grew them during my childhood. I remember as a little boy being so fascinated by this flower.

I am passionate about flowers; that is how I make my living. In my spare time at home, I also enjoy a little gardening. The passion flower (passiflora) is one of my favorite plants to grow.

Until I looked it up on Wikipedia (the title link), I never realized that the Passiflora are a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants, the namesakes of the family Passifloraceae.

They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous.

Nine species of Passiflora are native to the USA, found from Ohio to the north, west to California and south to the Florida Keys. (for more information, click the title link).

pas⋅sion (from Dictionary.com)

1. any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
2. strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor.
3. strong sexual desire; lust.
4. an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.
5. a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.
6. a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.
7. the object of such a fondness or desire: Accuracy became a passion with him.
8. an outburst of strong emotion or feeling: He suddenly broke into a passion of bitter words.
9. violent anger.
10. the state of being acted upon or affected by something external, esp. something alien to one's nature or one's customary behavior (contrasted with
action ).
11. (often initial capital letter) Theology.
a. the sufferings of Christ on the cross or His sufferings subsequent to the Last Supper.
b. the narrative of Christ's sufferings as recorded in the Gospels.
12. Archaic. the sufferings of a martyr.

Origin: 1125–75; ME (<> late OE passiōn), special use of LL passiō suffering, submission, deriv. of L passus, ptp. of patī to suffer, submit; see

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Mary Ellen said...

Beautiful! I have that same "passion" for gardening and for flowers. I'm excited about this Spring because I'm planning on putting in a new garden and I'm also thinking about incorporating a butterfly house, too. It's going to be a lot of work, but I have just freed up a lot of my time so it's doable.

Thanks for those pics, with the sun shining today and 60 degree weather, I have a major case of Spring fever.

John said...

Thanks! Obviously, we're ready for Spring! Be sure and make a blog post about your butterfly house later...sounds really neat!

Sunny and reached 66 degrees here today, wow! And now the temp starts to drop again and will be cold for the weekend!

Anna said...

They're fascinating, aren't they! So intricate... I did a bit of research when I discovered them as well, and I found out that the various parts of the plant represent different parts of Christ's crucifixion. Amazing stuff. I took a bunch of photos too, check them out:


John said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Anna! I noticed the notation about Christ's crucifixion too, when I was researching the word passion. I also thought of the movie "The Passion of the Christ," one of my favorite movies.

I will definitely check out your flickr pics! Thanks! I hope to organize a flickr page some day soon too.

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