Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's amazing what you can do with a q-tip

I can't believe how little time a pollinated flower can form a fruit. My last post I had made the mention that Eric had tried his hand at plant propagation with a q-tip and our passion vine. Within a day the flower shriveled up and a couple of days later I could see a little fruit start to show up. I left for the Wine Country Dog Show Cluster on the 28th of September...that was when the little fruit started to develop. When I came back on the 3rd, this is what was growing.

OMG, tomatoes don't even develop that fast!!! We have no idea how to tell if the fruit is ripe or not. I'm hoping that it turns some cool color to let us know. I'm very curious to see how it tastes.
Another fruit we had I wasn't sure how to tell if it was ripe was the figs...but since I have been gone, they are starting to let me know it's time to pick. I'll let it go another day or two and see if it's easily removable from the tree. Way cool...I'm hoping this tastes good too.

I know I have been making comments about how dry this summer has been. I have been able to post a couple of pics on little things I've seen around here showing drought stress. I was stunned at what I saw on the way back from NY this weekend in the Bershire Mountains in MA.

That's not fall color. That's fried, burnt foliage...a whole hillside of it. I was blown away. So, if you have lost plants this summer to drought....yes, it was that dry.


Sunita said...

This is amazing! I've just been thinking about my own passionfruits in my Mumbai garden and here I come across your blog from the other end of the world, also mentioning passionfruits .
Do you know which variety of passionfruit you have? Mine is a red p.edulis I think. I grew it from seed so there's no label I can refer to. If you want to see a picture, I've posted about it here: http://the-urban-gardener.blogspot.com/2010/08/passionfruit-magic.html
and here : http://the-urban-gardener.blogspot.com/2010/08/passion-for-passionfruits.html
It was great finding your blog!

Bliss said...

I can't wait to see how the passion fruit ripens.