timscience: (sundial)
We have our first passion flower at the new (by which I mean we haven't quite been in it a year yet) house.

At my old flat, one of the things I loved was the passion vine. It was growing over the fence to the side of the garden when I moved in, but the first winter it looked dead (which is not uncommon, it's sort of evergreen but can die back). When it recovered in the spring I trained it all down the back fence, and nurtured it through frost damage and various fungal attacks. It rewarded me with a spectacular display of flowers every year, twenty or thirty a day at the height of the season. Without it the garden was a gravel filled yard, with it a little green oasis.

A while before I moved out, the landlord of the flat that abuts the side fence decided to clear his garden, which, being an arsehole, he did causing maximum inconvenience to the neighbours. One of the things he did was clear cut all the vine that had twined through the fence, which pretty much killed the original tangle of vines. It also revealed the sorry state of the fence, so I replaced it one sweary afternoon and put up new trellis. The vine was well on its way to recovery when I sold the flat. It's pretty much the first plant (apart from nettles and ground elder) I have had any success with.

We took three cuttings. Two made it through the winter.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks back, apparently the new occupants (not owners, I seem to have sold to a slum landlord who has put *two* couples in a two bed flat) have contrived to kill the vine. To be fair, it might not have been their fault, as this winter a number of well established vines seem to have copped it - one belonging to our back neighbour, the one in the alley at the back of [livejournal.com profile] badasstronaut's house. Our old upstairs neighbour, however, thinks they poisoned it deliberately because the bees it attracted disturbed their barbeques (mind you our old upstairs neighbour is nine cats mad so he may well be wildly exaggerating). Either way, it's a sad thing.

Today though the cuttings we took are all up over the back trellis and produced their first flower, and that makes me happy.

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