I was greeted by this vivid blue yesterday. My butterfly pea's first bloom! It's the double-petalled variety and almost rose- like in appearance. In the single variety, the white in the middle of the flower is easily seen but here, you can't make out. This plant belongs to the pea family. The colour of the blooms may range from purple, lavender, white and deep blue.
A native of sub-tropical America and India, it can grow up to 9ft in length. It looks nice trellised. The seeds are produced like peas.
This plant is less spectacular in appearance than its white and red cousin. Although it is known as Red Bleeding Heart it's more pink than red. But against those dark green leaves, the pink clusters certainly cannot be ignored!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau