Almost everyone is a sucker for baby animal photos – lion and tiger cubs are the cutest little tackers, and I've even got a soft spot for baby hippos and rhinos. Now we all know the fearsome beauties these cute little baby animals will grow into, and it's pretty much the same story with today's baby plant photo. A cute little passionfruit vine tendril, its first, looking for something to cling to and climb up.
And yes, I know what this cute little baby is going to grow into: an animal of a plant that will roar up a wall in no time, covering it in greenery, looking for roof eaves to climb into and other plants to monster. Call me an optimistic fool, but I'm hoping to become a passionfruit tamer who'll bring baskets of delicious, tangy black fruit into the kitchen for my passionfruit-loving gal to enjoy. (I might even eat a couple of them, too.)
|Another of nature's little wonders, the touchy-|
feely tendril seeking out something to cling to.
|While the creeping fig was a supposedly 'self-clinging' creeper|
which attached itself to the wall with suckers, a passionfruit
vine needs something to hold onto, so I have set up a frame
of thick wire threaded through bolts sunk into the brick wall.
|Though it's almost impossible to see, there's a rectangular|
wire frame on that bare wall now.
|The vine itself has been in the ground for|
about six weeks now, and those chewed leaves
you can see were chomped by a harmless
leaf-cutter bee. After that little bee had taken
enough for its nest-building, the plant has
grown well without any signs of chomping
by other suspects such as caterpillars,
katydids and grasshoppers.
|Finally, the top of the plant is close to the|
wire frame, and the first tendril is snaking its
way up towards it (with some help from me!).
Time will tell whether I can manage to keep this rampant animal of a vine under control or not, but at least I have the baby photos of when it was just a little cutie!