Matron does not do flowers! I must make this perfectly clear. However when these beautiful pink passionfruit flowers develop into tasty 'banana passionfruit
' then I can clearly make an exception in this case.
I took these photos on holiday in Madeira where this passionfruit vine grows wild everywhere. In fact it is quite a pest and grows up trees and just doesn't stop. After the pendulous pink flowers come the elongated passionfruit.
| You can see them here for sale in the market in Funchal, the green fruit at the top right of the photo are absolutely delicious.|| || |
So when I was at Hampton Court Show last week I bought a Passiflora Mollisima passion fruit vine. Already since purchase the growing tip has put on a full 5 inches!! It likes it hot and dry.. so perhaps I shall emigrate to a country where it doesn't rain all day every day. It is not hardy so it will stay in a pot and climb up some South facing brickwork where it has the best hope of a happy life. I don't think the season here in the UK is long enough to produce flowers and fruit, but I'll give it a good try!