My parents have been away for a few days so it was my job to water the garden for them. The garden looked lovely with lots of different blooms. I love the Sweet Peas, the Petunias, Geraniums, Busy Lizzies, Mombretia, Marigolds, Cyclamen and others that I haven't got a clue about. I should have taken more photographs really, but I was busy trying to keep my eye on Euan and counting the tomatoes he was picking and eating, he gets well in to double figures straight from the vine. At home I don't think a single tomato has made it into the house yet. Euan is generous though he throws the misfits to the grateful chickens. My Dad's vegetables look much better than mine, he feeds his plants regularly, so now I have started to do that, his Sprouting Broccoli, Runner beans, Cabbages, Carrots, Lettuce, Basil, and Aubergines all look promising. My favourite was this 'Passion Flower'. This was the only flower on the plant in bloom so far , but the plant has many buds. I think this flower is striking.
The Following was taken from Wikipedia;
The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.
"Passion" in "passion flower" refers to the passion of Jesus in Christian theology. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion:
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).
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).
The blue and white colors of many species' flowers represent Heaven and Purity