While we lived in Holland and had a wonderful private court yard garden (tiny, but oh so private) .. the one plant husband raved over was the Passion Flower vine that draped the brick sun wall. It was an amazing plant and our first introduction to something so ornate and beautiful it was hard to believe it was truly a live plant. Exotic .. oh yes ! Yet it survived the winters there (even one of the coldest on record .. it must have been us Canucks that brought a true winter with us ?) ..
Finally after some convincing, husband talked me into taking a vine home from one of our garden centers this year .. I kept telling him (and I'm still telling him .. it will NOT survive our winter and I can't bring it into the house .. the "girls' will play havoc with it ... he says, maybe if it is snug up to the house on the deck it might just make it ? How can you tell him no ? .. it is like telling an innocent child there is NO Santa Claus .. so .. I say "maybe" .. I mean I have to give him hope don't I ?
Meanwhile we get to enjoy a summer season of this enchanting vine, with its first flower that bloomed today !