Big reward today! The passion flower vine that I've been fretting about surprised me with its first bloom. There's just something about these alien-looking flowers that I love and I hope that someday the struggling little vine I've been pampering will flourish like the one I remember in my Aunt Helen's yard. That one spread across her entire back fence and bloomed like mad.
I took advantage of a break in the rain to fuss with the vine a bit, tying up loose branches and clipping the few yellow leaves that were left. The fertilizer seems to really be kicking in now and the plant seems more vigorous and healthy--lots of new leaves and I spotted two more buds. As it fills out more, the tendrils will have more branches to latch onto and I won't have to tie it so much. I can't wait to see it completely cover the old iron door that I have it growing against.
But for now I'm happy with just this one hopeful blossom.