Friday, May 11, 2012


Not many days ago I noticed a number of buds on the passion flower vine growing on my porch railing. Then earlier this week Amy pointed out several flowers that had burst into bloom. As spectacular as this flower is, it is sometimes difficult to notice. And each flower lasts only one day.

Even though my vine is not huge (the soil in my yard is poor, having been deposited here in 1942 when the Navy dredged Silver Lake) it is full of buds, so I should have these beautiful flowers for quite a while.

Passion Flower

The Passion flower takes its name from Christian symbolism relating to the Passion of Jesus (his trial, suffering, and crucifixion).

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Project Nutmeg, and how Ocracoke almost became a site for testing nuclear weapons. You can read it here:


  1. debbie s.3:00 PM

    oh lovely philip!

  2. Anonymous5:09 PM


    take a soil sample to the state co operative extension agency to have it tested, it's free, you already paid for it in your taxes. they will tell you what you have to add or take out to have good soil. i am sure you already know all of this. there is no excuse for anyone having 'poor soil'

  3. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Now that is a good idea!