Monday, August 4, 2008

The Passion of the Lawn

OK - I have a confession.

I prefer almost ANYTHING to doing yardwork.

There. I said it.

This beautiful purple flower is Passiflora incarnata, the passionflower. Pretty, huh?

I first saw this flowering vine at a gorgeous gardening center in Columbia, SC, about 10 years ago. The owners told me that it was the exclusive host for a particular species of butterfly, and I decided to take a sprig home and train it on a cast-iron trellis next to my deck.

And for 9 years, the gorgeous, rapid-growing passionflower vine grew and festooned my deck, and I had lots of little orange butterflies everywhere, and all was good.

But the gardening center folks neglected to tell me this little purple flower and its vine were invasive.

And this year, it has decided to make its move.

It is spreading out from my deck, and taking over my yard, and my hammock, and who knows what will be next?

It isn't even fazed by the current drought conditions, and it loves our 100 degree temps!

It even tries to trip me when I walk through the yard.

Here, Bailey has a face-to-face with the intruder.

Sure, it's pretty, but this is getting ridiculous.

I have NO idea how to get this under control. Of course, I could start by getting the yard mowed...

Here are some earrings I made last week - they even match the Passionflower!
PS - I have a secret! It's a really, really big secret, but if you want to know, post a comment here. If I see that you really want to know, I'll spill!


liquidsabre said...

OK spill it girly :O)

Sweet Freedom said...

Well - I'm not sure y'all really want to know - maybe if some more people chime in....

Treasures by Tina said...

Ok. What's the secret?!

marinebio_chic07 said...

I want to know!

Sweet Freedom said...

Who else wants to know?

Regal Beads said...

I want to know!! ;)

Your ear rings are amazingly cute btw!

Anonymous said...

Oh gee, I could have sworn I left a comment about these fabulous flowers last week, oops!! My hubby and I were talking about how gorgeous they were until I read your posting on their growth patterns... we've since reconsidered adding them to our garden! Thanks!!

Sweet Freedom said...

Hey Sharon!
You left a comment over on Flickr-- Hope I saved you from the purple scourge.

They are gorgeous flowers, and the vine is gorgeous, but when it starts to take over the neighborhood, it becomes a weed!

Carol Dean said...

OK, you tease: OUT WITH IT!!! Tell us and tell us NOWWWWWWWW!! :D

Sweet Freedom said...

a little testy there, are we, CD?

hmmmmmm- I'll ponder divulging while I drive to the north Georgia Mountains tomorrow.