Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cup & Saucer Vine

Early this spring, I bought a vine.  I stuck it in the ground by the metal arbor The Dad built.  Then I waited.  And waited.  The plant grew.  And it grew.  And it was pretty, but not a single bud.

Then, a week or so ago, it started getting some things that looked like bracts.  And I thought, well that's the dumbest flower I've ever seen.  Then something started emerging from the bract.  And I still thought it was a pretty pathetic flower.

Then, it bloomed.  And it was SO pretty.  And next year, I'm buyin' it again.

Here's the bloom cycle of my cup and saucer vine:

The flower starts out this pale, greenish-purple color.

Then, over the span of a couple days, the color gradually gets darker.

So pretty, right?
A true example of, never judge a book by its cover.
It's the inside that counts.


  1. beautiful reminds me of an angels trumpet!

  2. Oh wow, that did turn out so pretty. I love how the greenery of the vine weaves in and fills spaces, but then this pretty purple reward really adds to its charm.

  3. omg, I loved how you caught every moment of it's blossoming. So beautiful.

    why oh why doesn't this ever happen to me? Why. ;)

  4. Oh yes, it's so pretty. You did a good job photographing the flower at different stages. It was really cool to scroll down and see it opening up.

  5. I have never grown this vine before--it sure is pretty, Mindy. What an interesting progression that plant goes through!

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