My passionfruit vine is finally in flower! It seemed late to bloom this year but perhaps that was just me ... or the weather! Other vines climbing up and over neighbourhood fences seemed laden with ripening fruit while my vine looked lush and green but bare at the same time!
The unusual but beautiful bloom of the passionfruit.
This vine's intriguing purple and white flowers, with the help of busy bees, offer up the promise of golden, seed-filled fruit. Happily, green unripe fruit is beginning to form which means bees are doing the hard work of pollination in our garden. (The common problem of vines producing flowers which drop off without fruit setting is often due to a lack of pollinators in the garden.)
A small, unripe passionfruit on our vine.
I can't wait for that first ripe passionfruit to be ready. I fully intend on picking it straight away, splitting it open and slurping up the pulp, right then and there, while sitting on the green grass in the sun. This daydream becoming a reality relies, of course, on the possums and sulphur-crested cockatoos not getting to the fruit before I do!